It seems obvious that living in such a great country like Canada at a time in Earth’s history where we have more luxuries than ever, should make people happier than ever. It seems that most of the time people fill their minds with negative thoughts instead of stopping to think about the things they should … Continue reading Be Thankful
I had a student a few years ago that was used to doing everything perfectly. For the first few months in the class, she never made a single mistake. Then, on one test, she made her first mistake and lost one mark. She had a difficult time accepting that she was not perfect on this … Continue reading Good news: you’re not perfect!
What a difference it makes when you choose to learn a subject, rather than being forced to. Even when it is not your choice, take a positive attitude toward learning as much as you can. You never know if a subject will be useful in your future. The thinking you do is always useful, because … Continue reading Do it for yourself
It has been said that people’s stuff grows to fit the amount of space they have. So, when people buy a bigger home, they always end up getting more things to fill it up. In the same way, the amount of time you have to complete your work, determines how much time you will spend. … Continue reading Work expands to fit the time
When you were a toddler, you learned to walk. First, you started by pulling yourself up, holding onto furniture perhaps. You probably fell down more than a few times. You never gave up, you just kept getting back up and trying again, until you were able to walk on your own. You were willing to … Continue reading Most learning is trial and error
It occurred to me that I never really understood mathematics, even while I was studying it in University. As a student, perhaps I believed it was the job of my teachers to give me understanding. More likely is that I did not desire understanding at all. Instead, I was working only to get good grades … Continue reading Teach others to really learn
It has been said that we have two ears and one mouth for a reason. Perhaps you are meant to listen twice as often as you speak? In my opinion, you learn a lot more when you listen to others than when you talk, provided you are ready to receive the knowledge. That is, you … Continue reading Less talk, more listen
A lot of people think success is just a matter of luck. This explains why people play the lottery, hoping their luck will lead to success. There are many stories of people who won the lottery and then wasted all the money. Perhaps the problem was that they tried to get something for nothing and … Continue reading What’s luck got to do with it?
As mentioned, taking action every day is a big key for success. Of course, taking action is much easier when you have a burning desire to succeed. With a strong desire, you will naturally ask questions, so that you use the knowledge of others to check your own understanding. As a teacher, it is always … Continue reading Ask and you will receive!
Imagine you are travelling to a place you have never been before. Suppose also that you have detailed directions for how to get there. Would you just start out toward your destination without reading your directions first? If so, are you just hoping you end up in the right place without making sure you do? … Continue reading Don’t do your homework