Daily Archives: June 12, 2010

Are we Fostering a Generation of Anxious Learners?

If your an Education Minister please consider the information in the article below; there are, most certainly, more ways to skin a fish and many more roads that lead to Rome – make ‘better’ change happen… cheers.

“One’s age should be tranquil, as childhood should be playful. Hard work at either extremity of life seems out of place. At midday the sun may burn, and men labor under it; but the morning and evening should be alike calm and cheerful.” ~ Thomas Arnold

Are we fostering a generation of anxious learners?

    What is up with kids today?

    At each conference, I heard from both the speakers and from teachers about an apparent tsunami of stress among students.

the last 10 years of my 40 years of practice, I have been so bowled
over by the amount of anxiety I’m seeing in children,” said Martha Bridge Denckla,
a clinician and researcher at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and a
member of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives
We’re making pseudo-diagnoses of everyone because we’re
asking too much of them at an early age.
“Kids seem to be increasingly less
ready than years ago, and yet we’re asking them to do so much more.
From the developmental point of view, this is absurd.”
“The level of
stress in kids, Stixrud said, “is a similar crisis to global warming.”
He recommends movement and meditation to offset daily anxiety and
chronic sleep loss
“If we take care of the nervous
system, if we take care of development, we get better results.”

Nobody wants a generation of stressed-out adults with cramped-hand
handwriting and trouble paying attention. And if, as Stixrud suggests,
we don’t get good results from all this pushing, shouldn’t we stop?

    –Nicky Penttila


Work Life Balance is an Ongoing Battle

Wow! That was inspiring…

If you have no time left in your day, if your wife and family think your a distant relative, if your wondering how to balance it all and somehow find a way to be happy – this great Ted Talk is for you – watch it now!

Thanks Rod for sharing this via Google Reader.

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TEDxSydney – Nigel Marsh – Work Life Balance is an Ongoing Battle
Totally inspiring. Most people in his position know what he says is true but few have the guts, or integrity, to publicaly say so. Nigel rocks.
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Ten Tips for Finding Your Passion

“The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” ~ Mitch Albom

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The Short but Powerful Guide to Finding Your Passion

Following your passion can be a tough thing. But figuring out what that passion is can be even more elusive.
This guide won’t be comprehensive, and it won’t find your passion for you. But it will help you in your journey to find it.
1. What are you good at?
2. What excites you?
3. What do you read about?
4. What have you secretly dreamed of?
5. Learn, ask, take notes
6. Experiment, try
7. Narrow things down
8. Banish your fears
9. Find the time
10. How to make a living doing it
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” - Confucius


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