The world is in a state of fear these days, with everything that is going on. It occurred to me that young people are far less fearful, as they do a better job than adults of living each day one at a time, looking up to the future with anticipation. They are willing to take … Continue reading Have no fear!
My two young children teach me so much. When learning to ice-skate, my daughter was willing to get up many times after falling down. In fact, she even enjoyed falling down, maybe because she knew she was improving with each fall, as she learned what did not work. My son is learning to talk, adding … Continue reading Be like a small child
In the last post, we talked about the benefit of competing against yourself. At the same time, one of our basic needs is to be with other people. Often in schools, students sit in rows of desks, and work individually a lot of the time. I believe learning almost always involves working with others. I … Continue reading Collaborate with others
When a student says, “This is impossible”, they seem to be suggesting that something is impossible for everyone. For example, to make a general statement that solving a math problem is impossible, suggests it is impossible for everyone, not only you. Keep in mind that other students have solved the problem in the past, so … Continue reading Nothing is impossible
When you are faced with a challenge, you will probably struggle with believing in yourself, that you can do it. It is common to have a fear of failure, but you must never decide ahead of time that you will fail. Instead, just take action to start, and you will often surprise yourself with what … Continue reading Belief