What stops us from doing unpleasant or burdensome tasks? It's those dreaded DFLIs (Don't Feel Like It) and DWANNAs (Don't Want To)! Procrastination is alive and well in your school by now, and Top 20 wants to help you exterminate that pest. Take a quick listen to Tom...

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Relationship First.

Relationship First. As humans we rarely ask a stranger to lend us their lawn mower or to help us move. Yet as educators, we often ask students to ‘do’ all sorts of things (like math, essays, speeches, etc.) without building a relationship first. Human Being Preceded...

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Keep telling your students “you are more than a score.”

Keep telling your students "you are more than a score." Standardized test scores do not define students. Each child has unique identity, worth, and purpose, and each one has vastly different skills and talents. We have to deal with young people as human beings first,...

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Feedback: Checking In

Feedback: Checking In Educators: It's late October and it's time to check in with your students to see how things are going. Feedback is the “Breakfast of Champions,” it's how we effectively adjust what we are doing in the classroom. You are the pilot, flying the...

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CREATING A TOP 20 CULTURE     Our Current Work Culture   What exists in our current culture that empowers our potential to explode?         What exists in our current culture that limits our potential from exploding?      ...

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Roadblock to Success: I AM STUPID!

Roadblock to Success: I AM STUPID!   Equal Sign lets ‘Stupid’ out of the box   Reactions to Feeling Stupid:   Withdraw: quit + quiet Pretend Emotional: embarrassed, angry, upset, sad, worry, nervous, stress Judgments: I’m not good enough; I don’t know...

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Our Mission

Top 20’s primary goal is to revolutionize education in America by helping students become more engaged in school and providing teachers with a new way of seeing themselves as relevant educators in the 21st century.

In addition, because it uses common language, easily understood concepts and practical tools for dealing with everyday situations and problems, Top 20 can have a profoundly positive effect on any organization, from business to government to healthcare, enhancing relationships and experiences for all.

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