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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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The Magic Power of Gratefulness

Just as Humor, Laughter and Positive Thoughts empower us to achieve greater happiness, so does the magic of “Gratitude or Thankfulness/Gratefulness” that can strengthen our emotion and mental health, plus physically changing our brains better. According to UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, regularly expressing gratitude literally changes the molecular structure of the brain, keeps the gray...

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The Wizard Of Oz: From A Dream In August To A Reality In April

The Wizard Of Oz: From A Dream In August To A Reality In April

The following article illustrates the many faces of emotional states and the power of positive social environments, through a vehicle that promotes profound transformation: ARTS EDUCATION.  August came as a month of uncertainty, where the idea that had been gestating among twelve graders came crashing down like a house of cards… What would I tell the students? How would I deal with their questions...

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What can an economist teach us about student motivation?

What can an economist teach us about student motivation?

In their book Sway- The Irresistible Force of Irrational Behavior, authors Ori and Rom Brafman offer interesting insights into human behavior. Using tools and examples from both psychology and economics they outline some of the reasons people persist in behaving in irrational ways.  That is, they attempt to explain why we sometimes do things that make absolutely no sense.

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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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How Cooperation, Emotional Awareness And Empathy Can Build A Better Society

Reflections From A Conference In Bogotá, Colombia Last April, I received an invitation from Patricia León, Ma. Ximena Barrera and Adriana Salazar, members of a recognized educational research group in Colombia, called Fundacíes, who have been leaders in our country in organizing national / international conferences, workshops and on going professional trainings since 1994, to be one of the keynote...

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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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Empathy-Centered Schools: The Power Tools for Connecting and Moving People Forward Faster

“Atticus was right! One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.” Scout Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird “Walk in a mile in another man’s moccasins before you criticize him.”  Native American Proverb #1  Introduction Did you know the more stressed-out we feel, the less empathy we might show toward other...

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What we get to do: Hospitality in the classroom

Orange post-it note, #2 pencil and first grade spelling: “thank you for coming”, followed by 2 sketched balloons and a heart.  She handed it to me as I was lining up the 19 students in a classroom where I had been the substitute teacher for the day.  Such a genuine act of hospitality from someone I had just met, and not very old either.  4 words that made me feel noticed, appreciated and valuable....

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