Self-Worth Driven Education – July 2018

If you use the word “YOU CAN’T” in front of kids, they wont accept that.  Immediately, they will start working to prove “I CAN.”  Their feelings and emotions immediately become obvious.  Quitting is not something that kids have build into them.  There are other factors in kids quitting in the classroom. In my article “Tips for a Meaningful Education at Every Age“, there are three levels of education.  The kids at each of these three levels can learn by what they are seeing, learn by comparing with the real world and learn through fun. Only at the highest level, the tenth standard kids, they no longer benefit from the comparison… Read More

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Attention Parents! – Rote Meets Art Memorization

Attention parents! Here is a tip to help your child remember concepts better! Try out Word Frames! It is easy to do and enables your child to remember key concepts about any topic. All you have to do is instruct your child to draw out a concept using words. For example, if your child is learning about a Clock, all he/she has to do is pick out 5 to 10 keywords that describe the Clock like round, time, hands etc., and then draw the Clock using those keywords only. This method enables a child to retain more information and is proven to be effective. Our Word Frames program model turns… Read More

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Word Frames – How It Works?

The program utilizes the unique Word Frames method of studying subject matter.  The students review and reinforce the subjects taught in class by creating a Word Frame drawing based on the specific sections in the textbook recently covered by the school teachers. What is a Word Frame? Based on the textbook content assigned, the child draws one simple drawing which “reminds” the student about the subject. The child does not do any coloring. The child selects keywords or key phrases from the text. Using colored pencils, the child writes the keywords over and over in rows, filling in the spaces in the drawing. The keywords appear to color in the… Read More

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Word Frames – Introduction: A Picture can Teach a Thousand Words

Introduction Problem Many children consider their education as an obligation or as a task of childhood.  However, the intention behind education is to equip children for life in adulthood.  This can only take place if the child is able to understand that the content they learn from school is derived from the outside world and more importantly, has meaning to them in the outside world.  This is true for all subjects, including and especially mathematics.  Unfortunately, most educational programs focus on filling a child with knowledge without making this connection to the outside world.  Word Frames is an attempt to change this mindset for the children. Vision To discover self-worth. … Read More

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Hidden Treasures – Creativity

1      Program Objectives Creativity thrives at the intersection of the “possible” and the “not possible” idea.  Creativity takes place when practical, reality-based thinking is unbridled by perceived limitations. 2      In Action The Program Admin motivates the group to first choose a theme for their Hidden Treasures, project, the concept they wish to convey to their audience.  Next, the children are encouraged to develop an idea for the project that is best-suited for illustrating or accomplishing the theme regardless of any limitations in skills, resources, time, etc…  Finally, the children then design the project to reach as close as possible to their “not possible” idea. 3      Reasoning Kids are taught to… Read More

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Hidden Treasures – Introduction: Our Sum is Greater than Our Parts

Problem With the focus on individual performance and evaluation, the development of children within team and community is insufficient.  While children are taught team skills, they do not see the value in teams beyond just a shared workload.  Children must not only learn the necessary skills of teamwork, but the added value that occurs through teamwork.  Hidden Treasures instills the benefits of teamwork made possible in functional teams. Vision To instill an understanding with kids that the sum is greater than its parts; that teamwork isn’t simply adding together independent work, but combining independent skills and experiences to create one functional unit which is capable of much greater things than… Read More

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Five Steps to Unshakeable Self-Esteem through Self-Worth

Five Steps to Unshakeable Self-Esteem through Self-Worth

Never give up!  Just do it!  We would like nothing more than to raise kids who have no quit in them.  We believe that perseverance and determination stem from self-esteem. However, another, less known term is self-regulation.  Self-regulation is defined as the willingness to exert effort toward one’s most important goals, while taking setbacks and failures as opportunities to learn, identify weaknesses and address them, and develop new strategies toward achieving those goals. If self-regulation is the intentional act of moving forward, self-esteem is the driving motivation to do so.  This seems like a simple enough formula.  For a child to self-regulate, they must possess self-esteem. As parents and educators,… Read More

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Self-Worth Explained

Self-Worth is a deep-seeded belief in the value of oneself.  This belief sprouts into different characteristics that give clues to the strength of the child’s Self-Worth belief.  Similarly, clues such as anxiety and complacency are clues for barriers that inhibit Self-Worth. To varying levels, society suppresses Self-Worth in its quest for conformity.  Voluntary conformity can continue to breed Self-Worth.  On the other hand, involuntary conformity, reinforced by negative feedback, commonly experienced in educational institutions and in destitute environments, can subvert self-worth.  In self-defense, the child creates barriers to these stimuli. It must be remembered that it is not the stimulus, be it a math exam, a sports race, a leadership… Read More

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Hidden Treasures – How it Works

This program is designed to develop a sense of belief in the kids that the sum is greater than its parts and together, they can have  a tremendous impact.  In other words, they as a team, working as one unit, can create and accomplish things which as individuals wouldn’t seem possible.  The project challenges their collaboration and organizational skills.  It teaches them to bring out a single vision or point of emphasis in their work. One of the key principles of Hope Torch is to realize the impact that you can have upon your family and your community.  Self-worth exists for this purpose.  The projects the kids design should have… Read More

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Word Frames – School Perspective

Program Objectives To connect their school content and environment to the outside world that is relevant to the kid. In Action The Program Admin takes a section from the child’s textbook covering one specific topic and assigns it to the child.  The child then creates the word frame from the content within that section. Why it Works Most classrooms are overcrowded with a student to teacher ratio of over 25:1.   Most curriculum are structured as a shopping list of items which a child is supposed to learn in order to be deemed ready for the next level of education.   Most teachers are evaluated based on their ability to transfer as… Read More

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