30 Simple Things You Don't Realize You Do That Impress Everyone Around You One the biggest mistakes people make when they’re trying to impress someone is that they assume people only pay attention to the important or “big” things they do. But the reality is that the little things are what matter most. It’s the little things we do or don’t do every day that shape us in to who we are. The little things determine how we respond when big things come in to our lives. The kind of image you present to the world is determined by your actions, comments, attitude, behavior and even appearance. 1. Your appearance is the thing people see first. 2. If you’re late for something, you’re giving someone the opportunity to judge you without you even being there. 3. There are too many people out there making promises they know they can’t keep. 4. This includes your elders, minors, co-workers, family members, etc. 5. If you support going green, then go green in your life. 6. These are small words, but they go a long way. 7. Smiles are contagious. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.
Coddled Kids Crumble The results of over a decade of nonstop hand-holding and helicopter parenting are boomeranging back to parents and educators. Many college students are showing an alarming lack of even basic internal coping skills. As a result, today’s colleges and universities are becoming equal parts psychologists, in absentia parents, and even academic scapegoats (when students don’t get the grades they thought they would). Related: How to Thrive in College “The idea of fragility is now an overarching theme in kids,” said Lenore Skenazy, founder of FreeRangeKids.com. In the continuing infantilizing of America’s young people, colleges report having to warn kids when they are going to talk about something that might be mentally troubling in class, with a so-called “trigger warning.” At the University of California, Santa Barbara, the student government recently passed a resolution that makes these "trigger warnings" mandatory. What is happening to the youth of America? A world without F.
19 Life Lessons from the Dalai Lama Here are 19 Life Lessons from the Dalai Lama that he wishes to share with you The Dalai Lama is regarded as the spiritual leader of Tibet and has spent his life helping people around the world reach happiness and enlightenment. Here are a few life lessons he has to share with all of us 1. Take into account that great LOVE and great ACHIEVEMENTS involve great risk 2. 3. - Respect for Self - Respect for Others - Responsibility for all your actions 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. Discussion Time What are your favorite lessons from the Dalai Lama? I have a few, but my immediate favorite right now is #8 “spend some time alone everyday.”
life lessons from an olympian What does it take to jump from a 40-story building, fly through the air at 60 miles an hour, and execute perfect landings? Courage, character, and confidence come to mind. Or, as two-time Olympian and six-time national champion Nordic ski jumper Jim Holland reveals, it’s a combination of timing, attitude, and focused persistence. “Unravel any great success story in the world,” explains Jim “and the picture is not what you imagine. Ironically, when Jim retired from competing at 26, he felt adrift. “It wasn’t until later, I realized everything that helped me as an athlete could be directly applicable to success in business.” 1) Inspiration. 2) Dogged persistence. 3) A positive frame of mind. The belief in what could be possible, combined with the ability to seize an opportunity, led Jim to turn a series of brainstorming sessions with John into a successful venture. “Work harder than anyone else, that’s the mantra my parents instilled in us,” concludes Jim.
21 Habits of Happy People “Happiness is a habit – cultivate it.” ~ Elbert Hubbard Happiness is one aspiration all people share. No one wants to be sad and depressed. We’ve all seen people who are always happy – even amidst agonizing life trials. 1. Be thankful that you woke up alive each morning. 2. Surround yourself with happy, positive people who share your values and goals. 3. Accept others for who they are as well as where they are in life. 4. Keep up to date with the latest news regarding your career and hobbies. 5. Don’t wallow in self-pity. 6. Some statistics show that 80% of people dislike their jobs! 7. Take the time to see the beauty around you. 8. Don’t take yourself – or life to seriously. 9. Holding a grudge will hurt no one but you. 10. Develop an attitude of gratitude. 11. Always make sure your loved ones know you love them even in times of conflict. 12. Honesty is the best policy. 13. Meditation gives your very active brain a rest. 14. Concentrate on creating your life the way you want it. 15.
There's no app for good teaching 8 ways to think about tech in ways that actually improve the classroom. Bringing technology into the classroom often winds up an awkward mash-up between the laws of Murphy and Moore: What can go wrong, will — only faster. It’s a multi-headed challenge: Teachers need to connect with classrooms filled with distinct individuals. We all want learning to be intrinsically motivated and mindful, yet we want kids to test well and respond to bribes (er, extrinsic rewards). Meanwhile, there’s a multi-billion-dollar industry, in the US alone, hoping to sell apps and tech tools to school boards. There’s no app for that. But there are touchstones for bringing technology into the classroom. “App-transcendence,” says Howard Gardner, a professor at Harvard’s graduate school of education who is known for his theory of multiple intelligences, “is when you put the apps away and use your own wits, not someone else’s.” 1. Skip the templates and overly pat apps. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Featured artwork via iStock.
50 Life Secrets and Tips Memorize something everyday.Not only will this leave your brain sharp and your memory functioning, you will also have a huge library of quotes to bust out at any moment. Poetry, sayings and philosophies are your best options.Constantly try to reduce your attachment to possessions.Those who are heavy-set with material desires will have a lot of trouble when their things are taken away from them or lost. Possessions do end up owning you, not the other way around. Become a person of minimal needs and you will be much more content.Develop an endless curiosity about this world.Become an explorer and view the world as your jungle. Read “Zen and the Art of Happiness” by Chris Prentiss.This book will give you the knowledge and instruction to be happy at all times regardless of the circumstances.
Teacher New Year's Resolutions--Version 2016! Where did 2015 go? Seriously. While I try to figure that out…here’s some NEW teacher new year’s resolutions to make you giggle. If you want to see the top 10 from 2015, click HERE. About these ads Like this: Like Loading... The Norwegian Secret To Enjoying A Long Winter Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 Leadership stories of 2015. See the full list here. As the days get darker and colder in much of the northern hemisphere, it’s easy to indulge in gloom. For the next few months, you’ll be shivering. The gloom leads to a common question: What can I do to cope with the dark and cold? If you truly want to be happy during winter, though, this is the wrong approach to the season. That’s the takeaway from research done by Kari Leibowitz, currently a PhD student at Stanford University, who spent August 2014 to June 2015 on a Fulbright scholarship in Tromsø in northern Norway. At first, she was asking "Why aren’t people here more depressed?" It turns out that in northern Norway, "people view winter as something to be enjoyed, not something to be endured," says Leibowitz, and that makes all the difference. Lessons From The Far North To be sure, there are some aspects of the near-polar culture that might be hard to emulate elsewhere. A Mindset Shift
In 1968 Vermont Banned Billboards. Here’s Why In 1968 the state of Vermont passed a landmark anti-billboard law and the landscape has been billboard-free ever since. The law was the result of the extraordinary efforts of one man, Ted Riehle (1924 – 2007), who was determined to preserve the natural beauty of Vermont. According to John Kessler, chair of the Travel Information Council, the law’s original goals remain the same today: “We need to provide information to the traveler, but do not want to compromise our natural scenery. Nathaniel Gibson continues: “Businesses may display an on-premise sign up to 150 square feet… Off-premise signs — the official name for billboards — are not allowed, unless TIC grants an exemption. Below you will find 15 compelling reasons why Vermont (along with Alaska, Hawaii and Maine) banned billboards. [Sources: AdWeek, VPR, Nathaniel Gibson] 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 13. 14. 15.
Dear Teachers: You're Not Fooling Me | Alamo City Moms Blog Dear teachers, As a mom to a gaggle of kids, I’m a little consumed this time of year. I’ve spent hours at the store going over different school supplies lists and checking off stuff as I throw it in my cart. We have six kids in our home that we are sending off to school this year—five of whom are girls. My nights for the next nine months will be filled with trying to get dinner on the table at a decent hour while managing piles upon piles of forms I need to fill out, slips I need to turn in, meetings I need to attend, box tops I need to cut, and t-shirts I need to buy. Then there’s the emotional hit I’ll take when I drop my babies off with their new backpacks snugly hugging their bodies. Bottom line, sweet teachers: school just started, and I’m wiped out. Then I see you. I see that you’re dressed in your nicest outfit, which I have no doubt you carefully planned and possibly changed a time or two. I see that you’ve gone all out. I see the emotions behind your pretty smile.
Why Introverted Teachers Are Burning Out Jayson Jones was my favorite person to call when I needed a substitute for my high-school English classes. Jayson was an aspiring teacher who was extremely popular with the students and related especially well with many of the at-risk kids. One day, I walked into the classroom at lunchtime, and he was sitting alone in the dark, listening to music. “Oh, an introvert?” I’ve written about the challenges faced by introverted students in today’s increasingly social learning environments, but the introverted teachers leading those classrooms can struggle just as much as the children they’re educating. The term “introversion” can mean a variety of different things in different contexts. It’s in this sense of the word that some teachers are citing their introversion as a reason why today’s increasingly social learning environments are exhausting them—sometimes to the point of retirement. At least a handful of recent studies actually confirm this connection between burnout and introversion.