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Putting relationship at the Center of Learning

How is technology affecting sleep and relationships? LeAnn Nickelsen, M.Ed. has written a wonderful post on this blog highlighting the importance of sleep to learning and memory.  In this post she points out the negative effect that screens can have on the quality of sleep and the need for parents to control screen exposure for both themselves and their children, especially during the evening.  [1...

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Putting Relationship at the Center of Learning – Part 4

Putting Relationship at the Center of Learning – Part 4

Problems can start by looking in the wrong place One of the responsibilities that parents have is making decisions about caring for their children in a fast changing world that research cannot keep up with.  A good scientist wants well-designed research studies that address specific issues, are peer reviewed and ideally replicated before they will make statements of near certainty about the result...

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Putting Relationship at the Center of Learning -Part 3

Putting Relationship at the Center of Learning -Part 3

Is there a nightmare in the toy box? When I was a kid, none of my toys talked.  If you had enough money, you could buy a Chatty Kathy doll, pull a string, and the doll would say something.  Since Chatty Kathy with accessories would have cost .4% of my father’s annual salary ($19 then and something like $275 now based on the income from a similar job), there were no talking toys at my house.  Was t...

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Putting Relationship at the Center of Learning #2

Putting Relationship at the Center of Learning #2

The benefits last a lifetime Most of my career has been spent at National Primate Centers.  Although I was an administrator and didn’t work with animals or in research, the idea that primate health and colony stability was based on the strength of the relationships within the colony was key to my work even as an administrator.  Anything that broke down those relationships could result in harm to t...

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Putting Relationship at the Center of Learning

Putting Relationship at the Center of Learning

Nature does it, so why shouldn’t we? Research has provided great insight into how important human relationships are to learning and health.  This is important, because while technology is enabling research to highlight the primacy of relationship, technology is also supplanting the primacy of relationship.  In this series of articles, we will take a look at why relationships are primary, how to en...

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TOO MANY MEN ON THE FIELD

TOO MANY MEN ON THE FIELD

Guys, sports, and parenting series #9 The number of times teams get caught with too many men on the field seems, well, too many.  Is it that we only have 10 fingers, and teams have 11 players that makes it tough to keep track at times? It was rare, but even Coach Baker in the chaos of injuries and changing plans got caught with too many players.  The excitement of everything going on and what he w...

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Sports and Teaching

THE STRONGEST MUSCLE IN SPORTS

Guys, sports, and parenting series #8 As football players, we used to spend a lot of time in the weight room trying to get more power out of our muscles.  Some of us spent more time than others, and while we did have some members of our team who went far in football, it wasn’t primarily their biceps that got them there, it was the strongest muscle in their body, their heart! No amount of time in t...

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HOW TO PUT ON A JOCK STRAP

HOW TO PUT ON A JOCK STRAP

Guys, sports, and parenting series #7 I remember when we all stood nervously staring at this strange contraption our mothers had been required to buy for us.  A few had begun to try and put it on when coach walked in.  In his booming voice he grabbed a jock strap out of the nearest hand and said, “It goes on this way guys to keep your balls from getting stepped on”.  After a limited but sufficient...

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REALLY GOOD LOSERS ONLY GET BETTER

REALLY GOOD LOSERS ONLY GET BETTER

Guys, sports, and parenting series #6 Coach Baker was always more interested in what we did when we lost than what we did when we won.  He was interested in both, but true winners know how to celebrate and, more importantly, know what to do when they lose. I had the experience of playing for both a winning coach and a losing coach.   Besides having more wins and making sure he pointed out what we ...

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PENALTIES HAPPEN

PENALTIES HAPPEN

Guys, sports, and parenting series #5 Guys have tremendous power to be an influence for good in their kids’ lives.  To help us understand the skills we have, we’re going to talk sports. Penalties happen.  False start, illegal procedure, clipping, and all sorts of other calls.   Sometimes for us as players the action is too intense to avoid an infraction.  Sometimes the refs catch it and sometimes ...

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