Learning

Probiotics May Help Children Become Better Students

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

The benefit of probiotic bacteria on the brain could eventually lead to more specialized probiotics designed specifically to help improve learning and memory. While these products may be years away, parents can take advantage of what has already been learned to help their children today.

Teachers Are Preparing Their Classrooms and Their Minds for Back-to-School

Lori Gard | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

While I clean shelves and wipe down cupboards, readying things for those little bodies and minds, I ready my own mind. Clean out the cobwebs, so to speak. I need my head to be in the game, need my thoughts to be organized. Need my mind to be clear. For when all is said and done, it's not the classroom that houses the potential and possibility to make this year the best one ever for my incoming class: it's me.

A Teacher's 5 Wishes for the Upcoming School Year

Lori Gard | Posted 08.07.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

As a teacher, this time of the year is one where my mind drifts to 'what ifs' and 'how abouts'. Summer is the time of year when teachers are finally afforded the time in which to breathe, take stock and think about what is yet to come. So while I am not ready to cash in on summer yet, here are five wishes I have for the upcoming school year, set to start in a few short weeks.

How to Find a Mentor

Kelly Lovell | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Living
Kelly Lovell

While we cannot make up for the experiences we lack, we can certainly draw from the knowledge of those who have lived before us. Regardless of your age or the stage you are in your life, I believe mentorship is an invaluable tool. There is a reason why maps were created. Imagine a road trip without the aid of a map?

The Two Words You Should Pepper Your Conversations With

Andy Nulman | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Living
Andy Nulman

People learn, but over the years I've noticed they try to keep the actual act of it to themselves. Maybe it's somewhat of a "macho" thing to do; state something new as if you've always known it, trying to convince others you're a repository of the world's knowledge, any point of which you can summon on a millisecond's notice.

Turning Brazil's Loss into a Teachable Moment for Kids

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 09.11.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Shimi Kang

While the players and fans from Brazil mourned their brutal loss, my son shared the same feelings of defeat. From his folded arms, sulky stare and giant pout -- he was clearly angry about the unfortunate outcome. My son's passionate reaction to the Brazil upset made me reflect on how difficult learning to lose gracefully can be for kids -- and even parents, too.

Want Successful Kids? Teach Them Gratitude

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 09.07.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Shimi Kang

As an adolescent psychiatrist, I've treated countless patients who have achieved their cherished external goals, such as acceptance into a dance academy, sports team, or college of "their choice"-- but whose lives are utterly devoid of internal joy. Your role as a parent has a major impact on your child's understanding of the word gratitude.

How Travel Opens the Eyes, Minds, and Hearts of Youngsters

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada Travel
Dr. Shimi Kang

Family holidays can provide great learning opportunities for children, all without a book or classroom insight! Exposure to diverse cultures, picturesque scenery, fun activities and people can teach kid's valuable life lessons and broaden their horizons...sometimes without them even knowing it.

What I Learned This Week: Comparing Apples and Pears

Andy Nulman | Posted 08.23.2014 | Canada
Andy Nulman

The relationship between information and learning can be likened to the ingredients of a recipe. While alone they may be very delicious, only when used in the proper combination and via the optimum process do they culminate into a complete dish that can be considered gourmet.

Six Tips To Open Up Your Kids To Friends From Diverse Ethnicities

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

If we convey negative or suspicious attitudes about other cultures and ethnicities, our kids will pick up on these and replicate our behaviour. "Monkey see, monkey do" is real so keep this in mind and remember to convey a positive and open attitude about other cultures, particularly around your children.

It's Finally Cool For Girls to Geek Out

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Back when I was a kid, it wasn't cool to be uncool. To be called a "nerd" was to elicit scorn and its accompanying exclusion. How the tables have turned and the tides have shifted. There is a new trend towards teaching kids -- girls in particular -- coding skills in a growing number of cities.

Teach Your Kids That Money Isn't the Only Reason You Work

Brynn Harrington | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada Living
Brynn Harrington

Somewhere, somehow, during his short time in the planet, my son has absorbed the idea that people work to make money, and if money were no object, people might make different decisions. In part, he's right. For most of us, money is one reason we work. But I want him (and his sister) to grow up believing that it's not the only reason.

What I Learned This Week: A Great Lesson Lasts Forever

Andy Nulman | Posted 05.09.2014 | Canada Business
Andy Nulman

A great lesson lasts forever. Even when you forget it for a while. Unaffected by fads, by progress, by technology, by trends, by the march of time or the charge of the light brigade, Great Lessons are eternal.

How to Get Yourself a Red Carpet Career

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

The Oscars is where we celebrate the best of the best in film -- the spine-tingling performances, the cream of the crop. You want the best of the best for your career too, and so why not look to the Oscars for a little inspiration. Here are six tips to help you create a career that's an Oscar worthy show-stopping success.

It's Time to Encourage And Nurture Our Youngest Scientists

Carlo Montemagno | Posted 04.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Carlo Montemagno

While the return on investment is easy to identify, explaining nanotechnology to little ones isn't always as straightforward. We work in a complex field and it is difficult for both children and adults to understand something they can't see or touch.

I'll Never Grow Out of Being a Teacher-Seeker

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Marni Soupcoff

The best part of aging is that the addiction to approbation starts to fade, while the appetite for edification lives on. You still like the pats on the head. You just find them less thrilling than the illumination of discovery. Then you're onto the real value of a teacher.

What I Learned This Week: Learning Is A Gift, Not A Given

Andy Nulman | Posted 03.07.2014 | Canada Business
Andy Nulman

I've drawn a blank. A big, honking, vacuous one. Over the past week, for the first time in years, I didn't learn anything new. Yikes. This is no big deal to most, but when one writes a long-standing weekly blog on the subject, and is usually drowning in a backlog of lessons learned, the lack of a new one in a bone-dry reservoir is an event nothing less than traumatic.

Why School Music Programs Should Get Instagram and Garage Band

Wes Marskell | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada Music
Wes Marskell

For music programs to stay and to continue being relevant, they need to be modernized. In a perfect world, students would have access to computers with recording capabilities and music editing software so they could learn to edit, produce and mix. We need to understand how music and careers in the arts have changed and find ways to teach classes that reflect this ever-shifting landscape.

Creative Ideas Need to Be Nurtured

Deborah Kimmett | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada Living
Deborah Kimmett

New ideas need to be held in sacred hands. They need incubation. They need good wishes and time to be able to learn to breathe on their own. New ideas are about gut feelings, intuitive and mysterious processes. So don't rush the process, let your ideas grow and take your time.

Empowering Women, Empowering the World...

Paula Pyne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Paula Pyne

"The future depends on what you do today." ~ Mahatma Gandhi It was more than a day of Building Personal Brands; it was an uplifting experience with...

When Learning Disabilities Disguise Themselves

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Barbara Arrowsmith-Young

For children and youth with learning disabilities, school is complicated and back to school can be very different. Academic performance is interrupted by any number of difficulties, and for some students, expectations of social etiquette and self-sufficiency frequently create an environment ripe for true catastrophes.

What You Must Do to Be a Top Performer at Work

Barbara Morris-Blake | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Business
Barbara Morris-Blake

The fact is, many of us participate in learning activities without actually applying what we learn to what we do. We may sit in a seminar because we're expected to attend. But if we want to become more knowledgeable and skillful, improve our performance at work, advance in our careers, then we must be open to learning. We need to make four commitments.

Can We Digitize School Handouts, Please?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 11.05.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Are we not living in a digital age? For some strange reason, educational facilities, specifically elementary schools, seem to be stubbornly entrenched in a previous era. What is behind this desire to hold on to a communications method that is clearly flawed, to say the least?

What I Learned The Week: Envying The Learned

Andy Nulman | Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada Business
Andy Nulman

On Saturday, I learned to take a proper hockey slapshot. It was part of an intense adult hockey school called "Weekend Warriors." After years of futility and no lessons, when I finally learned how to bang one off the glass, one of the coaches said the beam from my face transcended the full-face cage I was wearing.

Lasting Effects of Today's Toys

Leigh Sanchez Ellazar | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada Living
Leigh Sanchez Ellazar

As I watch my 19-month old daughter reenact similar play gestures, it's quite apparent that games, toys and even the word play has really evolved since my days of pretend salt and pepper. We've arrived at this place where apps, face-time and email replace many conversation