According to brain research, there are simple things you can do to create a calming, stress-relieving environment for you, your family, and even students in a classroom.
Relationships are everything! Familial and friend relationships, workplace relationships, and spiritual relationships all make a tremendous difference in our lives.
When you look at the first chapter in my best-selling book on classroom management, Shouting Won’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Detours Around the Danger Zones, you will find that the first chapter is titled, “Develop a Relationship with Each Student.” Continue Reading…
When students cannot see the purpose in a teacher’s lesson, they will often ask the question, “Why do we have to learn this?” This question makes perfect sense, since the purpose of the brain was never to make straight As or score high on a standardized test. The purpose of the brain is survival in the real world. So the question becomes, “What does this lesson have to do with my survival?”
Stephen Covey, author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, stated the following: Everything happens twice – once in the mind and once in reality. The once in the mind could be called visualization. Visualization has been defined as the use of mental images to influence bodily processes and is one of 20 brain-based strategies that enables human beings to remember what they are learning.
If you believe you can or you believe you can’t, you’re actually right!
This thing we call confidence is often difficult for a parent to see in a child or for a teacher to see in a student. We can even have a hard time seeing it within ourselves. But it is not difficult to observe in sports, so I would like to use a sports analogy to explain the concept.
Very few people actually realize the positive effects of laughter. In fact, it has been said that little children can laugh up to 400 times per day. Adults are lucky to average seven times per day.
I guess between childhood and adulthood, life happens! If, however, while you are living this life that happens, make smiles and laughter a part of your every day.
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“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
When do you find it hardest to stay positive? Continue Reading…
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In such a tough and negative world, it’s easy to find ourselves on a path we never intended to be on. When I travel to teach or speak, many people tell me things like, “I thought I’d be happy and have everything figured out by the time I hit 50, but I don’t think I have any more answers than I did at 25.” Or they make comments like, “In my 30s I resolved to complete a marathon by age 40. But at 39, the only thing I can complete is a 5-second walk to the fridge for more ice cream!”
How in the world did we get here? Continue Reading…