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Mike Raven
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Preparing for Student Learning Success
  Summary of skills, habits and behaviors for le arning success The past five (5) part series on Gaining Perspective has been designed to encourage students to reflect upon a number of non-academic areas that play an important part in their learning success...
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Gaining Perspective (Part 5) -The Inner Self
The source of self-deception and self-delusion  The so called "inner-self" resides in that part of our mind that we cannot consciously access. It is buried deep within our unconscious. This part of the mind is the source of all our irrationalities and parti...
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Gaining Perspective (Part 4) - Self and Others
Getting along is a balance between Self and Others Finding and keeping good friends in school can be difficult sometimes and especially in the early years of high school. Your friendship group can big difference on your school performance. Your achievements...
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Gaining Perspective (Part 3) - Meaning and Purpose
You may sometimes ponder Is there any meaning to life? Does life have a purpose at all? Why are we here? How can I find meaning? What purpose if it ends in death? These are the big questions. They have been debated for centuries in philosophy, science and r...
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Gaining Perspective (Part 2) - Patterns of Living
A Sense of Place Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of har...
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Gaining Perspective Part 1 - Scale
Our Home is but a tiny speck in the enormity of the Universe We start the first part of this five part series by looking at the only home we have in the vastness of the Universe. To realize how insignificant our planet when compared to grandness of scale an...
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Gaining Perspective
  Enhancing student sense of place, self and others Over the coming few weeks I will be post a five (5) part series designed to increase student awareness and appreciation of their place in the only world we humans occupy. I shall discuss the observed habit...
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The World Needs You!
 Stephen Hawking addresses a student audience Speaking on the survival of the human race he said that we must colonize another planet within the next 100 years if humanity is to survive. He ended his talk with a positive call for optimism and
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Teacher Tips: Student Engagement
Light up the student mind ! Immerse them in the learning material with 7 simple tips .. 1. Be descriptive - paint pictures in their minds 2. Try story telling - the oldest form of learning 3. Tell of personal experience - helps anchor the information 4. Ask...
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More Brain Science Reading
  "Brain Rules: 12 Principles for
Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School" DR. JOHN J. MEDINA, a developmental
molecular biologist, has a lifelong fascination with how the mind
reacts to and organizes information. He is the author of the New York
T...
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