November 19, 2017

A Super Power or Evil Baddie? The Digital Identity of our Youth

Children (and even adults) are searching for their own identities and the identity of the world they find themselves in. They want to know who they are, why they are and where they should be going in life. Due to the technological advances, they can now search at record speeds. “Facts” (non-fictional and fictional) are flying at them everywhere they turn.

We are utilizing this technology to help us answer the age old questions that we, as humans, have sought to answer for a millennium – Who? What? When? and Why are we? The problem is every single step and act me make in this direction is being recorded and can be used by the unscrupulous to their own ends.

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The Superpower and Art of Problem Solving – The Artistic Edge

Convincing people of the importance of an education in the arts can be a tough sell. In 2012, math and science are heralded above all else and the general public still tends to overlook the arts. When a school faces budget cuts – music, visual art and drama are typically the first to go.

The reality is that we are doing our children a great disservice by not immersing them in the arts. More and more studies are proving how children exposed to an arts curriculum demonstrate increased skills in critical thinking when compared to their peers.

Think about it. Why wouldn’t an arts education with its focus on creativity, produce young people capable of thinking outside the box? Artists are constantly pushed to explore unchartered territory. The truly great ones are those that produce new and exciting work that has never before been created.

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Review: “Who Was or Is …?” Book Series – The Inspirational Superpower of Real People

One challenge in a virtual school or home school scenario is having enough fun books that are truly a pleasure for a child to read while also being educational.

Our family filled this need with the Who Is or Was …? Series. It’s a fantastic biography series that has got us totally hooked. We are all reading them! Most of the books have a different author but each is well-edited to ensure a smooth read for 3rd-5th Grade reading level.

This series is real people telling their real and interesting stories. It doesn’t get better than that.

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Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy

Lucy is part of Generation Y, the generation born between the late 1970s and the mid 1990s. She’s also part of a yuppie culture that makes up a large portion of Gen Y.

Lucy’s kind of unhappy.

To get to the bottom of why, we need to define what makes someone happy or unhappy in the first place. It comes down to a simple formula:

Happiness = Reality – Expectations

It’s pretty straightforward — when the reality of someone’s life is better than they had expected, they’re happy. When reality turns out to be worse than the expectations, they’re unhappy.

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K12: Designing a Personal Learning Plan – Learn What You Love

For individuals in the United States to compete and participate in this modern, globalized and increasingly flat world, we need innovative and creative people. We need leaders who love what they do and are damn good at it. We do not need stressed-out, over-tested, fact-fire-hosed individuals and expect them to retain their creative and innovated sparks.

Any education program has to be designed around the interests and personal goals of the child. To do otherwise is to lose their interest and self-motivation to conquer the unknown and learn the material; they need their own reason to do it. And it can’t just be “Mom says so!” If you lose their own personal desire, you only have force and authority as tools to enforce the knowledge. Any guesses what that does to creativity?

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K12 Review: Virtual and Public School Testing – Overdone

After only a few weeks of K12 Virtual School 4th Grade, it has become apparent that the technique used within the public school system is akin to fire hose training. Turn it on full blast and hope some of it sticks. To make some of it “stick” in rote memory, test and re-test constantly and continuously.

How unkind and unrefined!

I have met only enthusiastic administration and teaching staff with K12 and ORVA. These teachers want to teach! It is their passion. You gotta love that. The illogical and needlessly complicated additives stem from the testing system and curriculum, not from the staff and educators I’ve conversed with.

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The Superpower of Virtual School in Our Digitally Connected World

As of 2013, the world is flat; there is no doubt about it.

We live in the globally connected “flat” world of a 21st Century digital age. Physical distance is no longer a barrier when it comes to learning. And the U.S. education system of 20th Century learning styles resembling a factory assembly line is being phased out. Good riddance!

As our brick and mortar public school system slowly crumbles, from its ashes rises the virtual school.

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The Super Power of Recognizing Opportunity Within Hard Work

Tweet Ashton Kutcher Acceptance Speech – Teen Choice Awards 2013 (High Quality) This is one of the best award acceptance speeches I have heard in a very long time, “Opportunity Looks A Lot Like Hard Work.” I watched this speech after seeing Ashton Kutcher’s magnificent portraile of the creative genius, Steve Jobs, in the recently […]

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“We Both Read” Series – Gives Kids Patience-Power for the “Slower” Words in English

The “We Both Read” series, featuring one page of simple vocabulary for the child to read and the next page with more difficult vocabulary (allowing parents to introduce new words) is frankly BRILLIANT.

My husband and I read with our son nightly since he was stuck in utero. We are continually defining word meanings. He loves to read out-loud with us, but becomes irritated when we have to stop too many times to clarify word meanings.

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Book Review: Miss Nelson is Missing – Insouciant and Entertaining

Every child can relate to the setting and characterization of the first line, “The kids in room 207 were misbehaving again.” School is the one thing in common with all First World children. You mix school with misbehaving and you have their full attention.

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The Perfectly Poppins, Righteous, Slammin’, Totally Sick iD Tech Computer Camp

I walked in the door and knew I had landed in a perfectly poppins, righteous, slammin’, iD Tech computer camp.

The hardware was totally sick; Apples, laps and hard-core IBM’s float’en on the table, pumped with maximum RAM.

My peeps were in there banging keyboards and surfing software in the stratosphere.

I was stoked!

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Designing Your Child’s Education Plan: Is College Right for Your Child?

The answer to this question lies with the child. What are his or her goals and interests in life?

Why waste a student’s manhood or womenhood insisting they study plants and rocks in depth instead of just gaining a basic surface recognition and understanding of these subjects?

If you align a child’s education plan with curriculum designed to support his or her personal interests and goals, you’ll have a self-motivated, highly willing and very interested student from the get-go.

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A Parental Superpower to Ignore Wrong Answers

“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.” Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, author of The Scientist Speculates

In our high tech society the ability to research is vital to success. Yet many schools never teach it and even when they do, they usually overlook the simplest and most primary undercut: something a child must be able to do before he can research.

What is it? Read on…

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Think Like a Genius – A Superpower to Teach Your Kids

Can you teach your child to think like a genius? Yes, that’s capital Y-E-S.

But before we push children into the realm of genius, it would be good to look at what it means to be a genius.

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The Super Power of an Amused Mind – Part One

“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” — Plato

Frankly, I have never met a child who did not have one or more of the 24 genius traits. If these were not obviously present and actively being demonstrated, then each trait simply needed cultivation and an expressive outlet. For those parents with preschool aged children, the genius traits are similar, but harder to nail down. ….

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Book Review: Oliver the Overachiever by Karin Mesa

In her magical children’s book Oliver the Overachiever, author and illustrator Karin Mesa does a spectacular job of introducing fun new vocabulary words. …The message is clear – it is okay to let loose one’s ambitious nature and strive to truly honor oneself by displaying one’s true colors for all to see. For only then can being oneself, no matter how different, become the norm and not the exception.

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What Would You Do If Money Were No Object? – New Year Resolutions

Happy New Year 2013!
The best gift you can give yourself – spend 3 minutes and watch this video before you ink your New Year Resolutions.

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“Research Reasoning” Super Power — Brought to you by the letter “R”

No matter our personal education, religion, beliefs or creeds, we can probably all agree on this point:

With hordes of data and advertisements aimed at our children on a daily basis, CHILDREN MUST BE ABLE TO REASON (*to use logic to spot actual truth)

If they are to succeed in life, they have to know how to filter information – including yours. Steps to help teach them:

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The Super Power of Speech: Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program

Whether you Home School or send your kids to traditional schools, this program can help teach your kids the art of public speaking and give them basic leadership skills. I want to pass on just a few Pros & Cons of teaching this program to Middle School aged students.

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The Super Power of Smart – Make Your Kids Smarter Than You

A wise mentor of mine told me, “We are here to make our kids smarter than our selves.”

It rang true. And I wanted to pass that on to you.

Frankly, it needs no further explanation, so feel free to stop reading now. There is nothing about it that needs to be expanded upon or explained. Don’t you love it when something is simple enough to understand and easy enough to remember? But for those of you wanting a more arduous, albeit humorous read with a real-life application story, read on.

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