While a service requirement hardly guarantees any benefits—which are contingent, among other things, on the extent to which your staff and the students themselves take the activities seriously—neither does it preclude such benefits. Much depends on how (and by whom) the activities are designed.
Any parent of a teen knows that the adolescent years can be bumpy, to say the least. They are filled with mood swings, hormone changes and oftentimes a lot of arguing. But don't be discouraged, it's not all bad. The good thing about arguing is that it provides teachable moments. And that's what the teen years are all about.
"Mommy, let's listen to silence" remarked my five year old son on one of our many nature walks. In silence we got in touch with our inner thoughts, our minds, and our souls so that we could communicate in a meaningful way. That was then, some 35 years ago: then there is now.
Sleeper agents, that is spies who have been infiltrated into a target country, are very special bicultural bilinguals. They have to develop linguistic and cultural skills that are rarely required of regular bilinguals.
Do our children lack skills that our grandparents had in abundance? The modern child and teenager is substituting face-to-face interaction with cyber-relationships. This electronic dis-intermediation can impair a child's ability to develop the wide array of skills that are critical to interpersonal relations.
Who's the expert in your adolescent's life? It's not me or any other person claiming to have expertise in parenting or adolescent development. You know a lot more about your child than any of us do. But you know who knows more about your teen's inner life and environment than you do? He does.
Though most people appreciate that information is communicated through body language and vocal tone, they don't usually realize just how much. In fact, words are only part of the message in face-to-face communication; vocal tone and nonverbals are also extremely important! As a result, we often give away more about ourselves than we intend to.
It's so easy today to get dragged down by all the negativity and darkness hanging over us like an ominous cloud. But a recent post by "The New Normal" blogger Patrick J. Lamb started me thinking about the possibilities ...
There is no statute of limitations nor training manual to get you over or even beyond the horrors you can inflict on another human being in the name of war that you then have to then live with the rest of your life.
You might think "more is better" in medical care. But not so! A recent humorous "Ten Commandments" in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) reminded physicians about what should really matter in medical care. Here, I provide an English-language translation of those Ten Commandments.
A good book is one that makes you laugh and cry at the same time. Fight for Your Long Day is a funny novel that is also a cri de coeur on behalf of poorly paid adjunct instructors—and many others among the 99 per cent.
I know that food is my mortal enemy and I have few weapons against it. Each year I say that it will be different. I will turn down all invitations to festivities, I will not so much as make sugar cookie dough, and I won't buy any Halloween candy. Yet each year, I find myself in a whirlwind of eating