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Study: Mindfulness Training Produces Less-Stressed Marines

Study: Mindfulness Training Produces Less-Stressed Marines | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Marines who took a course in the basics of mindfulness recovered from stress faster following an intense training session that replicated battlefields.
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information: "Mindfulness, which is adapted from teachings of Zen Buddhism, is the ability to be fully aware of one’s moment-to-momentthoughts and feelings, while observing them from a place of detachment. Numerous studies in recent years suggest this ability produces mental and physical benefits for many people, including veterans and others suffering from PTSD."

 
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THE PIIRTO PYRAMID OF TALENT DEVELOPMENT

THE PIIRTO PYRAMID OF TALENT DEVELOPMENT | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

Since the identification of talent potential is not an exact science, we must seek to be inclusive rather than exclusive. The Piirto Pyramid framework may be helpful to allstudents and their teachers since it identifies influences that are significant in the development of talents. For example, one high school teacher of Advanced Placement English classes uses the Pyramid of Talent Development at the beginning of the year to establish a framework within which they will be learning more about literature. Others use the Pyramid in helping students do biographical studies of talented people; some find that the Piirto Pyramid is helpful in explaining to colleagues and parents where the school or home needs to puts its emphasis in helping develop students’ talents The framework is also useful for teachers in many fields who teach many grades.

 
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excerpt: "In addition, everyone is influenced by five "suns." These suns may be likened to certain factors in the environment. They are the sun of home, the sun of school, the sun of community and culture, the sun of gender, and the sun of chance.

The three major suns refer to a child's being (1) in a positive and nurturing home environment, and (2) in a community and culture that conveys values compatible with the educational institution, and that provides support for the home and the school. The (3) school is a key factor, especially for those children whose other "suns" may have clouds in front of them. Other, smaller suns are (4) the influence ofgender, and (5) what chance can provide. The presence or absence of all or several of these make the difference between whether a talent is developed or whether it atrophies."

 

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» “I Think I Can, I Think I Can” How Self-Efficacy Relates to Performance - Adventures in Positive Psychology

» “I Think I Can, I Think I Can” How Self-Efficacy Relates to Performance - Adventures in Positive Psychology | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

“ Do you know the story of The Little Engine that Could? “As it neared the top of the grade, which had so discouraged the larger engines, it went more slowly. However, it still kept saying, I--think--I--can, I--think--I--can.”


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The importance of the inner voice in telling ourselves we can do it!
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5 Characteristics Of Grit -- How Many Do You Have?

5 Characteristics Of Grit -- How Many Do You Have? | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

The characteristics of grit outlined below include Duckworth’s findings as well as some that defy measurement. Duckworth herself is the first to say that the essence of grit remains elusive. It has hundreds of correlates, with nuances and anomalies, and your level depends on the expression of their interaction at any given point. Sometimes it is stronger, sometimes weaker, but the constancy of your tenacity is based on the degree to which you can access, ignite, and control it. So here are a few of the more salient characteristics to see how you measure up.

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excerpt: "Duckworth, based on her studies, tweaked this definition to be “perseverance and passion for long-term goals.” 

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Intensive Small-Group Tutoring and Counseling Helps Struggling Students

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A study of struggling African-American high school students in Chicago found that providing focused guidance sharply improved learning, but the approach is a costly one to replicate.
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How could facilitators encourage and develop the philosophical thinking and dialogue within enquiries?

RF: There are two main ways of doing it – one is through what we may call the Socratic Method – helping children to move from the literal level of comprehension (understanding the words) to the critical level of analysis (analysing the story) and to understanding at the conceptual level (understanding what key concepts mean). What a good facilitator does is to push for depth and higher order thinking by moving through a series of questions and prompts that push children from the concrete through to the abstract and conceptual.

 

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Mindful or Mindless: Where Are We Going In Our Relationship With Children?

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Guest blogger Katie Zahedi spent a day delving into social-emotional learning and walked out wondering why all of that is getting lost in our present educational system.

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Thank you for extending our reach outside of Omega Katie, and thank you Daniel Goleman, Linda Lantieri, Dan Siegel, Shauna Shapiro, Gunilla D, Lama Dawa Philips, Leslie Booker and not the least, Daniel Rechtschaffen.

 

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The Principal Rule: Safety First

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I had a conversation a few months ago with a parent about being a school principal. We were talking about the various demands of the job, from the different constituents that a school principal has t
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The 3 elements of safety:

"the importance of working with everyone in a school community to create, nurture and sustain physical, emotional and academic safety for children. The bottom line is that students need to know and hear that their schools care deeply about them, and are available to help, support and guide them each day."

Sounds like some things that a school can do to facilitate resilience factors and processes to me.

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Mindfulness Can Avert Bodily Responses to Emotional Stress

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New research finds acceptance of moment-to-moment thoughts and feelings can greatly reduce the impact of stress on your health.
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benefits of mindfulness

INformation: "Mindfulness, which is adapted from teachings of Zen Buddhism, is the ability to be fully aware of one’s moment-to-moment thoughts and feelings, while observing them from a place of detachment. Numerous studies in recent years suggest this ability produces mental and physical benefits for many people, including veterans and others suffering from PTSD."

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Adolescents’ development of skills for agency in youth programs : The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring

Adolescents’ development of skills for agency in youth programs : The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
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What youth learned: The analyses of youth interviews revealed 3 major themes for types of youth agency skills:

1) Mobilizing effort:learning to devote the energy and time to their work

- common theme reveals that successful work requires effort and they had gained abilities to deliberately mobilize and regulate that effort

2) Concrete organizing skills: learning rules to organize the tasks or elements of their projects

3) Strategic thinking:  “use of advanced executive skills to anticipate possible scenarios in the steps to achieving goals and to formulate flexible courses of action that take these possibilities into account”

- strategic thinking directs youth toward achievement of meaningful and challenging real-world goals and away from risk behavior (Romer, 2003).

 

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The Importance of Grit in Students Infographic

The Importance of Grit in Students Infographic | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

The Department of Education is recognizing the importance of grit by calling for educational programs that will help students of all ages develop this key characteristic. Academic studies have identified grit as a success factor in contexts as diverse as the National Spelling Bee, West Point,... http://elearninginfographics.com/the-importance-of-grit-in-students-infographic/


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Are researchers catching on that Grit is evolved from Bandura's self-efficacy and psychological resilience?


The study of resilience reveals that resilience is acquired from experiences as well as from learning. They are sometimes referred to as factors and skills. This is at the heart of acquiring "grit" which a mature form of self-efficacy if self-efficacy is viewed on an maturation/developmental scale.

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Don't wake your kids to eat breakfast.

Don't wake your kids to eat breakfast. | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Last month, the Journal of the American Dietetic Association published the most comprehensive review to date of why kids and teenagers should eat breakfast. The article surveyed the results of 47 research papers published since 1970 and reported triumphantly that breakfast-eating seems to "improve cognitive function related to memory, test...
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from the article: "The case for circadian rhythms and sleep as key to performance has strong scientific grounding. Sleep researchers have shown that peoples' preferences for morning or evening activity—for being an early bird or a night owl—are partly genetic and can be apparent even early in life. The body's 24-hour cycles are mediated by a brain area called thesuprachiasmatic nucleus, located in the hypothalamus. Small substitutions, or polymorphisms, in several circadian clock genes seem to cause variations within the SCN that may contribute to distinct sleep patterns and time-of-day preferences. Factors like family routine can play a role; still, some people just rise and shine more easily than others."

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Healing Power of Humor - PS3 Trophies Forum

Healing Power of Humor - PS3 Trophies Forum | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Laugh out loud; laughter can bring great wonde rs humor therapy is the best example of how a laugh can make wonders happen in life. To put in simple.
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Complex Thinking Skills & Reasoning | AEA 267 Curriculum

Complex Thinking Skills & Reasoning | AEA 267 Curriculum | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Area Education Agency 267 supports educators, parents, and the communities we serve as we work together toward one ultimate goal--to improve student learning.
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