Source Here’s a true story. There was once a young boy who was placed into special education for an auditory processing disorder. He was bullied, and teachers treated him as though he was dumb. One day, a teacher questioned his placement, inspiring him to see greater possibilities. Moved out of special ed, the boy suddenly started doing well in regular classes—well enough that he dreamed of studying psychology in college. He was rejected from his top choice, but he tried to f
Source Joseph Daniel (J.D.) Unwin was a British ethnologist and social anthropologist at Oxford and Cambridge whose definitive work was the research he did with 80 primitive tribes and six known civilizations over a long period of time. The results of this research are penned in his 1934 book, Sex and Culture. What Unwin discovered was the link between cultural achievement and sexual restraint. According to Unwin, societies that practiced heterosexual monogamy were more succe
Every parent knows the difference a year makes in the development and maturity of a young child. A one-year-old is barely walking while a two-year-old gleefully sprints away from you. A four-year-old is always moving, always imagining, always asking why, while a five-year-old may start to sit and listen for longer stretches. Growing Expectations vs. Human Behavior Children haven’t changed, but our expectations of their behavior have. In just one generation, children are going
The GGS Positive Education model can be thought of as a road map of what people want for themselves, the students and their children. Good health, frequent positive emotions, supportive relationships, a sense of purpose and meaning, and moments of complete immersion and absorption – a life where a person uses their character strengths in ways that support the self and others, and that has flourishing at the heart. For more about the science behind this model, see the literatu
There is so much out there to read. Recently I came across such an article in the Washington Post. I paused because it was about our schools. But I read on because of the content. Our schools have been struggling in the aftermath of No Child Left Behind. Our teachers are being required to cover an increasing amount of content and to boost scores on a rising number of standardized tests. This required content is primarily geared towards making sure children pass standardized t
Can the brain continue to grow? It was once believed that our brains were developmentally fixed. This thinking led to the belief that as we age our brain becomes rigid and we can’t change how our brain processes information. In essence, an old dog can’t learn new tricks. Thankfully, current research has shown this to not be the case.
We are talking about neuroplasticity, which is the ability of the brain to grow and develop throughout one’s life span. But what exactly is
From the December 2017 issue of Live Happy magazine. We've traveled around the world to find small moments of joy, togetherness. Rituals that include elements like togetherness, positive emotions, laughter, or resilience provide opportunities to build well-being for both parents and children. Free-Wheeling Fun When Australian Kath Ballard thinks about family rituals, bike riding immediately comes to mind. When her first child was 12 months old, Kath and her family transported
Illustration by Lucy Davey Article From the October 2017 issue of Live Happy magazine. Victor Palomares uses humor and hard-earned lessons to empower the next generation. “Because of you, I am alive.” Victor Palomares has heard this sentence more than once. As a motivational speaker for teens, a teacher and anti-bullying coach in Los Angeles, inspiring youth has become his personal mission. Kids call him “Mr. P.” He was only in kindergarten when he found out his father passed
Sir Ken Robinson has spent the better part of the last four decades visiting schools that work. In Creative Schools (and in many of his previous works), Sir Ken shares out his learning so that we might all become better educators by exposure. Big Picture Learning has always been proud of the creative schools that make up their network; but they’re humble enough to know that there is much to learn from other creative schools around the nation and around the world. #enrichment
Source When my Dad was growing up he had one jumper each winter. One. Total. He remembers how vigilantly he cared for his jumper. If the elbows got holes in them my Grandma patched them back together. If he lost his jumper he’d recount his steps to find it again. He guarded it like the precious gift it was. He had everything he needed and not a lot more. The only rule was to be home by dinner time. My Grandma rarely knew exactly where her kids were. They were off building for
Education. The foundation of society and human progression. Today’s society has progressed rapidly due to technology, but education has remained, in many ways, stagnant. Allan wants to present a change in how we learn to match our ever evolving society, in an idea that totally won’t spark some copyright lawsuits from Khan Academy.
Allan is a senior at Mission Vista High who is passionate about the power of people to make a difference. At school he is a leader in Academic Te
Watch this 4 minute video on the education outcomes that matter most and rethinking STEM, produced by Pricewaterhouse Coopers on the education outcomes that matter most and the importance of re-thinking STEM THE BOOK: Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change The World A Groundbreaking Book on Innovation Education expert Tony Wagner and documentary filmmaker Robert Compton have teamed up to produce a powerful new book about developing an innovation-drive
Playing board games is an excellent way to build critical thinking skills and checkers is no exception. Playing checkers helps children to become better learners by flexing their “mental muscles” – as well as helping adults of all ages to keep agile minds. With so many board games available, why choose checkers? Here are 5 great reasons: Memory Recall There are so many potential moves in checkers it’s nearly impossible for a player to know them all. But, playing regularly ove
Every student at Nashville Big Picture High School spends two days a week at a real-world internship that ignites their passion for learning. #happiness #motivation #enrichment #passion #creativity #video #personalizedlearning #education
Tony Wagner recently accepted a position as the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard. Prior to this, he was the founder and co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for more than a decade. Tony consults widely to schools, districts, and foundations around the country and internationally. His previous work experience includes twelve years as a high school teacher, K-8 principal, u
Here's an overview of what you'll learn: 1) Ken Wilber on Redesigning the Human Education Ken shares his thoughts on why our current education is leaving humanity flying well below its true potential, and what needs to shift so in our education system so we can start educating for the "whole human being" rather than "human being 1/10th". 2) Michael Beckwith on Satori vs Kensho According to Michael, there are essentially two key ways we "wake up". And when you learn the differ
Homeschooling has rapidly become a popular option for parents across the country.
Sam Sorbo told us why she decided to homeschool—and how you can too. The Daily Signal's Genevieve Wood sits down with actress Sam Sorbo to talk about her new book, They're Your Kids", and why homeschooling is becoming a popular alternative to public schools. #education #homeschooling #heart #character #video #creativity #passion #motivation
The School of Life is a place to step back and think intelligently about central emotional concerns. You will never be cornered by dogma, but we will direct you towards a variety of ideas from the humanities – from philosophy to literature, psychology to the visual arts – ideas that will exercise, stimulate and expand your mind. The School of Life puts out new films each week on a variety of topics including literature, philosophy, art, political theory, relationships, histor
What is happiness? Watch this video to learn about happiness, how you can be happier yourself, and how you can spread that happiness to others! http://livehappy.com #mindset #motivation #education #happiness #heart #creativity #projectbasedlearning #mindfulness #video #character #socialization