Most health systems have little experience in drug use and mental health disorder treatment. From untreated substance abuse and the expensive medical conditions together together The National Institutes of Health ...
“Our understanding of learning has expanded at a rate that has far outpaced our conceptions of teaching. A growing appreciation for the porous boundaries between the classroom and life experi...
Marg OConnell's insight:
"Three Reasons Why Educators Need a PLE... Education is in a phase of disruption (not news to anyone)—and it’s not just a blip or a bump, but is what Harvard professor and author Clayton Christenson describes as disruptive innovation. This concept describes what is happening in higher education now. We can see disruption in the new forms of course delivery (i.e. Udacity, Cousera), teaching methods (i.e. flipped classrooms), and new learning models (i.e. competency based learning). These experimental forms of teaching (MOOCs) and assessing (peer review, assessment centers) are changing how educators teach, and impact the student/instructor relationship."
Mary Lou McKenney: Empathy cannot be legislated Santa Cruz Sentinel "The spiritual concerns of our culture are of equal importance to the environmental concerns. We're starting to make progress with the environment -- now it's time for all of us, as individuals and as institutions, to turn our attention to our core beliefs and behaviors. We can make significant changes in the world around us -- we are not powerless in the face of horror."
In life, the person you spend the most time with is yourself. You are always in your own company. Why not keep company with someone who loves you as opposed to someone who does not particularly like you, or worse?
Marg OConnell's insight:
"Many people are unaware of how they treat themselves. They spend their lives angry about the kind of care they received as children but end up offering themselves the very same kind of care. There comes a point in life when you have to take ownership of your own caretaking -- to consciously choose the kind of relationship you will have with yourself."
The country’s rapid economic rise has altered the role of the local Buddhist monk, once a moral authority, now someone whose job is often limited to presiding over ceremonies.
Marg OConnell's insight:
"Phra Anil Sakya, the assistant secretary to the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand, the country’s governing body of Buddhism, said that Thai Buddhism needed “new packaging” to match the country’s fast-paced lifestyle. (Phra is the honorific title for monks in Thailand.)
“People today love high-speed things,” he said in an interview. “We didn’t have instant noodles in the past, but now people love them. For the sake of presentation, we have to change the way we teach Buddhism and make it easy and digestible like instant noodles.”"
As interest in community-based participatory research (CBPR) grows, there is a growing need and demand for educational resources that help build the knowledge and skills needed to develop and sustain effective CBPR partnerships. This evidence-based curriculum is intended as a tool for community-institutional partnerships that are using or planning to use a CBPR approach to improving health. It can be used by partnerships that are just forming as well as mature partnerships. For an overview of the curriculum, click here.
"What would it be like to commit to the exploration of our creative ideas? The truth is that most commitments are followed by imperfect actions, and our thoughts and feelings and therefore our subjective judgment of our work varies from day to day and sometimes from hour to hour. What does it take to commit to our creative expression in light of the fact that life is always changing, our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are always changing, and there are no guarantees about anything?"
"Playmaking isn't a game, it's a learning tool. It improves literacy and encourages cooperation and responsibility. Everyone has to work together to achieve the goal of making the play “happen”, thus, everyone's effort is important."
"The rise of the health and social assistance sector is a great Australian story: not only does it provide more employment than any other, those jobs are focused on helping other people. It includes people who work in hospitals, medical and allied health services, aged care, childcare and other social services such as community health centres. Its 1.2 million-strong workforce is also relatively well educated - about three-quarters hold a post-school qualification, which is well above the national average.
But the success of health and social assistance has got much less attention than it deserves.
This paper investigates the effect of work on families’ lives at three points—when the children are infants, preschoolers and adolescents—using data from Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children and the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey.
The paper, written by researchers at the Australian National University and FaHCSIA, looks at the effect of work on lone-parent families compared to two-parent families, and on ‘breadwinner’ families compared to dual-earner families.
Rather than simply comparing employment with unemployment or differing working hours and incomes, the researchers examined factors that determine the quality of working conditions, such as job security, flexibility of working hours and control over work tasks. They found that the quality of parents’ employment matters to their wellbeing and may also affect their children’s wellbeing.
Further findings are that socioeconomic disadvantage is linked to poorer access to good quality jobs and that employed mothers tend to change their working hours according to their children’s age and their partners’ working status—whereas few fathers work part time, irrespective of their children’s developmental stage or partners’ working hours.
SOURCE: Lyndall Strazdins et.al. ”Parent and child wellbeing and the influence of work and family arrangements: A three cohort study.” FaHCSIA Social Policy Research Paper No. 44"
Column: Movement is part of learning Herald & Review You might expect bedlam in a circumstance like this one: Under a tent set up on an asphalt parking lot, more than 200 very young children and their parents are gathered.
"...'Metaphors We Live By' was a game changer. Not only did it illustrate how prevalent metaphors are in everyday language, it also suggested that a lot of the major tenets of western thought, including the idea that reason is conscious and passionless and that language is separate from the body aside from the organs of speech and hearing, were incorrect. In brief, it demonstrated that “our ordinary conceptual system, in terms of which we both think and act, is fundamentally metaphorical in nature.”
As an online exclusive sidebar to the feature story, Counseling Today explores empathy fatigue, one of the handful of fatigue syndromes that can have a detrimental impact on counselor wellness. Mark Stebnicki, a professor in ...
Christmas awakens our empathy genes and drives us to donate Fraser Coast Chronicle Christmas can be a wonderful time of the year, but at first glance, there is something about the phrase "season of giving" that rankles.
Learning Self-Love: 5 Tricks for Treating Yourself More Kindly Why is it so tricky to be kind to ourselves? I see it all the time, especially with women—we hold ourselves to impossible standards w
Marg OConnell's insight:
Here's trick #2...
"2) Ask “Is this the loving decision for me?” Too many of us commit to things we don’t want to do and that aren’t even good for us. Too much of anything is still too much! Many of us think, however, that we are not being kind to “others” if we say no or choose another way. Instead of seeking to know if you are doing the “right” thing or the “nice” thing, ask if you’re doing the loving thing. Sometimes the loving thing requires more discipline; sometimes it allows for more flexibility or relaxation. But I can tell one thing for sure: the loving thing for YOU will almost always also be the loving thing for those you love."
"How do you work with or for people unless you understand how they see and experience the world? How do you create products, design systems and provide services unless you have an insight into what is meaningful or relevant?
For a designer, these are basic questions if design and function are to meet. The same questions are also fundamental when reaching across cultures, particularly when working with Indigenous communities."
The Action Evaluation Collaborative is a collaborative partnership of independent consultants who use evaluation as a tool for strengthening social change work. AEC provides a structure for collaboration, knowledge sharing, and support.
"Imagining Learning is an invitation to participate in a heart-centered exploration of the question, "How do we educate young people to thrive in a world of possibility?"
Our purpose is to work with individuals and communities to co-create a new education system for all children - a new seed if you will - that sees the healthy, internal world of a child as vital to the future of humanity and the planet. Our anchoring question also recognizes that our children's ability to thrive is directly related to accessing possibility. Possibility here means every child having access to opportunities for learning that are as diverse and dynamic as the world around them, and having access to inner capacities that enable them to activate these opportunities."
"This desire for “an attitude of gratitude” makes me think of the admirable and sensitive singer Mary Chapin Carpenter. Though she’s only in her 50s, she says that after serious health problems and resulting depression, she went through “the learning curve of gratitude” which has changed her life."