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Clarkston Elementary students juggle for achievement

TYLER, October 1, 2013— Clarkston Elementary School Counselor Todd Lawson provides a fun and unique approach to teaching his students about goal setting and achievement.  Every Friday, students enjoy lunch in Mr. Lawson’s office, discuss the day’s lesson, pick up three bean bag balls each and begin to juggle.  

The Juggling Achievement Group is an on-going curriculum that Mr. Lawson utilizes to teach students three components: setting goals, making plans, and commitment to self, goals, and their future.

“I use the process of learning to juggle three objects as both our metaphor and our object lesson,” Mr. Lawson said.  “Over the past decade or so that I have been doing these juggling groups, I have had hundreds of kids learn to juggle by practicing these principles to develop their self-confidence, which helps them be successful in school and as they grow up.”

Mr. Lawson explains that when juggling students are going to drop a lot of balls at some point. This gets them used to running into road blocks and makes them want to try harder to reach their goal.

The Juggling Achievement Group is open to all Clarkston students upon permission from their parents or guardians.  Mr. Lawson divides the participating students into groups of five or six and each group meets together for four weeks. 

“It’s really fun,” said fifth grader Jazmine Cantu.  “When we grow up we learn to never quit.” 

The current rotation of Mr. Lawson’s Juggling Achievement Group ends Friday, October 4.  The group meets from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m., in Mr. Lawson’s office.  Media photo and interview opportunities are available by contacting Sandra Stanley at 903-262-1066.

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