Recently, all the water pipes in my home needed to be replaced. This meant we would need to pay for the repairs and the water would be shut off during the daytime for 8 days. To most people, this would simply be viewed as an inconvenience and they would be annoyed at having to pay … Continue reading Adversity is the best teacher
I have written a lot about the actions you must take to be a successful student and person. But, what exactly is success? I believe success means something different for everyone. A good definition might be, ‘taking action every day to follow-through on your plans for reaching the goals you have set for yourself’. The … Continue reading What is success?
One of the books I read recently discussed the importance of sleep. In the book ‘Authenticity’ by David Posen, the author says that teenagers need 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night and younger people need even more. It was also noted that teenagers are biologically ready to sleep at around 11 pm. This … Continue reading Get enough sleep
As mentioned, fear of failure causes many people to never get started at all. The key seems to be to push aside your fear by taking action right away. Everyone, including professional athletes, struggle with this, always having doubts about what they can do. Oddly, it seems that small children are much better than older … Continue reading You can’t finish without starting
I was recently watching a TEDx talk called, “Five Principles of Extraordinary Math Teaching” and I recommend you watch it for yourself. The speaker at one point said, “Not knowing is the first step toward understanding”. I immediately wrote that down on paper as it struck me as important for students to know. Not knowing … Continue reading Know what you don’t know
In my experience, students often get discouraged quickly when they make mistakes or get a low mark. Most learning happens when you make a mistake and use it as an opportunity to improve. Never let a mistake hold you back, since it should instead propel you forward. When you get an assignment or test back, … Continue reading Focus on Improving
I was having trouble choosing a topic to write about today. I had to remind myself to be definite and choose quickly. It seems that a lot of people go through life without ever deciding what they want for themselves. They never set goals that challenge them, so they do not accomplish much. They never … Continue reading Be Definite
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