Saturday, July 13, 2013

Students on vacation should not learn anything

Psychologists’ advice: Students on vacation should not learn anything
Do not make your pupils and students read the obligatory school literature and prepare for the next school year. It’ summer vacation, they should socialize as much as possible, relax and play, say psychologists.
School psychologists should not recommend a holiday learning, nor should the parents impose on children private lessons and contents they are not interested in.
Children with specific developmental problems such as dyslexia, dysphasia, dysgraphia, etc., need to work continuously, but no more than an hour a day. Dynamics need to be determined with the help of experts who follow these children.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

St.Valentine, St. Tryphon, or Valentine's Day and Friendship Day?

Valentine's Day is really an ancient holiday - On February 15, Romans celebrated Luperaclia, honoring Faunus, god of fertility. Men would go to a grotto dedicated to Lupercal, the wolf god, located at the foot of Palatine Hill and where Romans believed that the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus, were suckled by a she-wolf. The men would sacrifice a goat, don its skin, and run around, hitting women with small whips, an act which was supposed to ensure fertility. In ancient Roman religion and myth, Faunus was the horned god of the forest, plains and fields; when he made cattle fertile he was called Inuus. He came to be equated in literature with the Greek god Pan.
 
According to one story, Roman emperor Claudius II imposed a ban on marriages because too many young men were dodging the draft by getting married (only single men had to enter the army). A Christian priest named Valentinus was caught performing secret marriages and sentenced to death. While awaiting execution, young lovers visited him with notes about how much better love is than war — the first “valentines.” The execution occurred in 269 CE on February 14th.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

What does „ S-T-U-D-Y“ really mean?

Let's look at the dictionary, first!

1. (n.)application of the mind to the acquisition of knowledge, as by reading, investigation, or reflection.
2.the acquisition of knowledge or skill in a particular branch of learning, science, or art: the study of law.
3.Often, studies. a student's work at school or college: to pursue one's studies.
4.something studied or to be studied.
5.a detailed investigation and analysis of a subject, phenomenon, etc.
6.a written account of such an investigation.
7.a well-defined, organized branch of learning or knowledge.
8.zealous endeavor or assiduous effort.
9.the object of such endeavor or effort.
10.deep thought; reverie.
11.a room set apart for private study, reading, writing, or the like.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Were Internet Making Us a Bad Parents?

It's the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning, then it's the last thing you do at night. No, it's not brushing your teeth. For many moms, it's checking their e-mail, social networking pages, blogs, message boards or all of the above.

The Internet can be a fun, social and educational outlet, but as we would monitor our kids' Internet use, so should we monitor our own.

Internet addiction can come with some harmful behaviors, such as not eating, showering or taking pills to stay up and online.

Moms are the new Internet junkies! According to Parenting magazine, many young mothers are addicted to blogs, message boards, and virtual-world sites like Second Life. In the most extreme cases, addicts don’t bathe, neglect their children, and use drugs to help them stay up later for more Internet time. Now, not everyone’s problem is bad enough to need professional help, but if you’ve noticed that you’re missing out on time with your baby, or leaving the laundry unwashed a little longer than you should - you might be susceptible to the addiction of the Web.
Please, read this article by Jamie Bissot

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Motivating a child with rewards!

Did you ever 'bribe' your child when he couldn't finish his meal with a promise of a caddy to get him to finish his meal? Don't you agree a child should be taught to understand finishing his meal is to help them grow up healthily? Therefore, it is their 'duty' to do their job and should not be rewarded. Or, did you reward your child when he achieves better results on his report card? Don't you think that's their 'duty' too? While you may choose to reward your child for high marks, have you ever used it to reward progress, particularly for those children who have difficulty achieving "A"s and "B"s ? We all agree we need to reward our children. However, the extent and the forms of reward are a tricky question.

Reward is a quick-fix solution. It offers instant and safe gratification and is sure to please and satisfy. The returns of reward are certainly quick but are they effective in the child's psychological development? Buying things for children does not teach them values. Even materially rewarding positive behavior is a limited motivating force.

Enclosure links:
My child: Low self-esteem and lack of confidence
My child: The importance of volunteering in the development of children
My child: Stubborn child
My child: Everyone can learn mathematics!
My child: Why Math is Important?