“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.” – Abraham Lincoln
“Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of the body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.” – Thomas Jefferson
A while back, I received an email that until tonight, I had forgotten about. I don’t know why I started thinking about it, maybe all the stuff going on lately. The email was sent back in Feb. The author wrote,
“Recently, because of the things going [...]
I think the ability to think and act creatively is a great one to have. Unfortunately, with technology and our fast paced lives, kids don’t have the time to be creative any more. This article provides some great advice or points to think about.
Creativity in a child gives him more than just the ability to play pretend or be artistic, it also leads a child to think and reason for himself. Having a well-tuned imagination will give your child an advantage when he enters the adult world. When he can look at an issue from many points of view [...]
A few years back, I chaperoned some of my at-risk students to a 1 day Quantum Learning session. The presenters shared some valuable insights with all the students that attended. One such insight went something like this…
“Imagine that you received $86,400 a day for the rest of the life. The only condition to having the money is that you had to use it all that day. If you didn’t use all the money, it would just disappear. What would you buy with that money?” Of course the students raised their hands and offered suggestions of cars, houses, clothes, electronics, [...]
Editor’s Note – This is a guest post. Please read below for some thoughts of my own.
Formal education (classroom) is the predominant form of learning in the world today, at least in the post-industrialized world. But the fact is that effective learning is not the monopoly of a top down institutional approach to education. In fact, the more we look into this, it is becoming increasingly evident that there may be other more effective ways of teaching and interaction that try to look at students as individuals rather than a cohort and encourage the development of their unique strengths.
In education, we think of years in two different ways; the school year and the Jan. – Dec. year. In the early months of the 2013, when we talk about “last year” in the office, meetings or in conferences, we might have to distinguish between one or the other. The conversation would go something like this, “Last year Johnny did really well in Math.” Someone will respond, “Last year or last ‘school year?’”
Regardless of which end of the year you find yourself talking about, there is a practice that everyone could benefit from – reflection. If you haven’t taken [...]