What is Praise?

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In a world of trophies for participation, Intelligence tests to determine ability and gold stars for drawing a dog that looks like a bird, I have often wondered how all of this is affecting our children and their desire and ability to learn.

In the July 12 issue of Scientific American Mind, Carol S. Dweck, a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, wrote a provocative article, “The Secret to Raising Smart Kids.” Under the title she writes:

Hint: Don’t tell your kids that they are (smart). More than three decades of research shows that a focus on “process”— not on intelligence or ability—is key to success in school and in life

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Let’s Swing

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I woke up this morning with joy in my head

The message was sending from my heart it said

I loved the great feeling as my feet hit the floor

Sauntering my little self out my bedroom door

 

There was no one around as my smile filled my face

So I hurried and scurried to pick up my pace

For the next thought that fluttered into way

Was get yourself down there and play, play, play

 

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Master Ayub's Park School in Pakistan

For the past three decades Pakistani firefighter Mohammed Ayub has been quietly working in his spare time to give children from Islamabad's slums an education and a better chance at life. 

Al Jazeera's Hassan Ghani went for a lesson.

Learn more about Master Ayub's school: http://aje.io/pakistanteacher

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Global Initiative: Teach One Million At-Risk Youth to Meditate

 

If you don’t already meditate, take my advice:Start. It will be the best decision you ever make.

"I had no idea how powerful and profound this technique could be until I saw firsthand how it was being practiced by young children in inner-city schools, veterans who suffer the living hell of post-traumatic stress disorder and women and girls who are victims of terrible violence. TM is, in a word, life changing for the good."

The David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace focuses on ensuring that every child anywhere in the world who wanted to learn to meditate could do so. 

Learn more: https://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/

 

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Somewhere in America

Belissa Escobedo, Rhiannon McGavin, and Zariya Allen, members of the Get Lit organization perform "Somewhere in America".

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Breaking the Cycle with buildOn

buildOn is breaking the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service learning programs in many of America’s most under-resourced high schools and by building schools in some of the world’s poorest villages.

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Mindfulness & Education By Daniel Rechtschaffen

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The Education Energy Movement with Jonathan Fritzler

The Education Energy Movement
A nearly fatal accident inspired Jonathan to leave a positive impact on humanity. He founded AMP - Aloha Movement Project - a breakthrough educational program while a student at University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. The accredited internship encourages students to harness "Education

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2014 CNN Hero Juan Pablo Romero GOOD for Kids

A teacher in Guatemala saw his students were struggling with drugs and gangs.  Juan Pablo Romero Fuentes turned part of his home into an after-school community center.  Today, his nonprofit offers free classes, tutoring, meals and low-cost medical care. 

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Growing up in Guatemala, Juan Pablo Romero Fuentes watched many of his peers succumb to drugs, gangs and crime. When Romero Fuentes became a teacher in his hometown, he found that many of his students were struggling with the same issues his generation had faced. So, at 23, and with his parent's blessing, Romero Fuentes turned part of his family's home into a community center.  Today, his program offers free classes, tutoring and meals, as well as low-cost medical care. To date, his nonprofit, Los Patojos (the Little Ones) has helped more than 1,000 children. "In a violent country, the only weapon we can have is love. These kids are already powerful, but they don't know that yet." - See more at: http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=5902#sthash.H2Ew52Aw.dpuf
Growing up in Guatemala, Juan Pablo Romero Fuentes watched many of his peers succumb to drugs, gangs and crime. When Romero Fuentes became a teacher in his hometown, he found that many of his students were struggling with the same issues his generation had faced. So, at 23, and with his parent's blessing, Romero Fuentes turned part of his family's home into a community center.  Today, his program offers free classes, tutoring and meals, as well as low-cost medical care. To date, his nonprofit, Los Patojos (the Little Ones) has helped more than 1,000 children. "In a violent country, the only weapon we can have is love. These kids are already powerful, but they don't know that yet." - See more at: http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=5902#sthash.H2Ew52Aw.dpuf
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Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational "death valley" we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.

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