October 18, 2017

“Out of Touch” – The Alternate Universe of Minecraft

I’ll get the usual lecture: “I’m out-of-touch with reality, no child should waste “all day” playing video games.”

Talk about a waste—she’d lost an hour of her short life in useless slumber while I had built an entire village from dirt to dome, enriched an economy, created cathedrals and manufactured my monuments.

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Look Up – Best Advice for Cultivating Superpowers

Outstanding video poem on Digital Identity, brilliantly performed and created. A message we all, including myself, needed to hear and heed.

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Hacking Education to Give Kids Back Their Superpowers

The brilliant simplicity of this video and its inspiration should herald in the unconventional and perfectly sane Hack Schooling method.

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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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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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Kid Inspiration – How to Explain Halloween History to Kids

Tweet A festival is a party to celebrate the end or beginning of something the people of a culture think is important. In America, many of our holiday festivals are a blend from older celebrations in other countries, just like our people are a blend of people who arrive here from other countries. Halloween is […]

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Super Heroes Recognition – Find Your Team!

“Pupils are more like oysters than sausages. The job of teaching is not to stuff them and then seal them up, but to help them open and reveal the riches within. There are pearls in each of us, if only we knew how to cultivate them with ardor and persistence.” Sydney J. Harris – “What True Education Should Do” 1964
¹Ardor: great warmth or intensity, as of emotion, passion or devotion. …

At first, I felt a metal or at least patch is in order for every year a good teacher puts in. Now, the more I think about it our “patch” is alive; it is standing on 2 feet (most of the time), and talking up a storm! What it says and does reflects your attitude, ability, and effectiveness as a teacher.

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Harsh Truth: Ultimate Responsibility of Education Falls to The Child

I would often ponder the dramatic differences in eagerness and ability to learn in children. I could find no consistent variable except that generated by the child himself. Did he WANT the education and find it valuable to achieve his life goals?

In truth, education belongs to the child. What he learns, what he accomplishes, how well he succeeds is ultimately up to him. The responsibility is truly his.

The old adage, “You can lead the horse to water, but you can’t make him drink” is valid for 7 and 70-year-olds alike, especially when it comes to education.

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Guest Blog: Raising Boys Supers With Imagination and Common Sense

There is no such thing as an “allowance” in real life. Why should there be one as a kid? They do the dishes and they get a $1. They ask for something, I ask them how much money they have? They do not ask me for money anymore, they ask me what they can do to earn money for something they want. Isn’t that what we want our kids to do – EARN MONEY, not ask or beg for it?

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Guest Blog: Raising Boys with Kid Imagination and Inspiration

Don’t tell your kids what they can or can’t do with their own time: If they have earned recreational time, they get to do whatever they please, even watching TV or playing on the computer, if that’s what they want to do. Otherwise, there is no incentive for them to earn recreational time.

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Unschooling – Unending Stream of Questions

“It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.”

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Obituary of the late Mr. Common Sense

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: Knowing when to come in out of the rain; why the early bird gets the worm; Life isn’t always fair; and maybe it was my fault.

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Real Life Super Heroes are … Well, REAL!

There are 100’s, maybe thousands of REAL LIFE Super Heroes. More are pouring onto the streets daily.

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The Super Power of Keeping Imagination Exercised

IMAGINATION is a vital “Super Power” most strongly held by children. It only appears to fade as we age.

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The Secret Ingredient in Elixir to Gain Super Skills

Imagination precedes future plans and actions; Why not make it healthy and active for your child as he grows older?

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Real Life Super Hero Inspiration for YouthMUSE

Ponder this long enough and you realize that imagination is a good thing! I, for one, don’t want to squelch it. Kids and adults alike need inspiration and dreams. That’s how we go from good to great.

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Private! Churning Your Imagination

You have to clearly name the goal in all its guts and glory.

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The Parent Super Power to Discover and Inspire Goals

As parents, we have the Super Power to discover and clarify our kids’ goals, both short and long-term. We can help them identify their purposes for choosing those goals, to recognize the barriers and encourage them to keep overcoming those barriers.

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There is Only One of You With Your Super Powers

There is only one me. There is only one you. The words I say, the words I write belong to me; as do my desires, ambitions and talents, as do my shortcomings and frustrations. Your words, desires, ambitions, talents, shortcomings and frustrations, belong to you.

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TV – Does it Help to Develop Imagination?

Does TV help to develop imagination?

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