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Raising Our Children

Wheatley, Margaret J. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

I keep noticing many disturbing indicators that things are not well in the lives of American children, including my own. By themselves, any of these incidents might mean little, but together they paint a disturbing picture. They indicate that children’s lives have become miniature versions of our own lives.

Here are just a few incidents that I’ve noted:

– A New Jersey school system decides to give all children one free night with no scheduled activities. They have to plan for this six months in advance.

– Elementary school children are developing back and neck problems normally not seen until adulthood. These physical ailments are caused by their school backpacks. The packs often weigh about twenty pounds; the children often weigh about sixty pounds.

– Fourteen hundred college students died in 2002 as a consequence of binge drinking. Out-of-control college drinking on campuses has become so serious that congressional hearings have been held to investigate its causes.

– My thirteen-year-old granddaughter explained to me how she needs to know her weekly schedule; otherwise she can’t cope with the anxiety and develops headaches.

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2. Conrad: Regression and Redecision

Erskine, Richard G.; Moursund, Janet P. Karnac Books ePub

The script is our personal blueprint for how we will live our lives: how we experience ourselves, others, the world around us; what we expect will happen if we behave in one way or another; how we feel and what we tell ourselves about those feelings. Begun in earliest infancy, the script comes together into a more or less coherent whole during childhood and is elaborated on and added to throughout our lives. Psychotherapy, if it is to effect lasting change, must affect script. It is script change that allows the client to experience him- or herself as truly different. As the script changes, new options for thinking, feeling, and behaving become salient. In Chapter 1, we described four domains of script-changing therapy: cognitive, behavioral, affective, and physical. Script may be changed through discovering new ways to think (and fantasize) about self and others; through trying out new behaviors in an “experimental” way; through making changes in biochemistry, musculature, or movement patterns; or through reworking the feelings present when the script was formed and as it becomes reactivated in later life. All four of these domains may become involved as the client is led to return, emotionally, to the point in time at which the early decisions and beliefs and perceptions were acquired, and to literally reprogram replacements for that which is no longer working.

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Diana K. Schwam FrommerMedia ePub


New Orleans in Context

Throughout this book, we talk about the mystique of New Orleans and its intoxicating, ineffable essence. But first, it’s time for the effable. The largest city in Louisiana (pop. 389,000) and one of the chief cities of the South, New Orleans is nearly 100 miles above the mouth of the Mississippi River system and stretches along a strip of land 5 to 8 miles wide between the Mississippi and Lake Pontchartrain. Surrounded by a river and a lake, the city is largely under sea level. The highest natural point is in City Park, a whopping 35 feet above sea level.

New Orleans has always been known for its jazz-infused joie de vivre, a place where antebellum meets bohemia in a high-stepping dance of life, lived fully and out loud. Its recent history, however, is marked by two horrific, well-known events: the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the nearby Gulf of Mexico, and the failure of the levee system following Hurricane Katrina. But more than a decade following that devastation—as the city’s May, 2018, tricentennial birthday approaches—it is rebounding so palpably that the air fairly prickles with its energy.

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Chapter 5: Take Step Two: Chew (Learn)

Nickersen, LeAnn; Dickson, Melissa Solution Tree Press ePub


Take Step Two: Chew (Learn)

In step one of the instructional cha-chas, you plan your chunks and consider ways to differentiate your content delivery. You also fully model and guide your students through a chunk, just like you would if you were teaching someone a dance routine. It is now time for the next step. Consider, again, the dance teacher. After teaching the first eight counts, he or she lets dancers practice the steps again and again until their muscle memory can retain the information.

In step two of the instructional cha-chas, you further release the responsibility for learning to students as they process—chew—the chunked content, first with a partner or small group and eventually on their own. You’re letting them discuss and practice the content to enhance memory before performing a solo.

The following questions will help you understand this step.

•  What is processing?

•  Why does the brain need to process?

•  What are the benefits of processing?

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1. Thinking Ten Years ahead to Benefit Today

Johansen, Bob Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub


The way you can go
Isn’t the real way.
The name you can say
Isn’t the real name.
—Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Ten-year forecasting provides a unique perspective—a futures context— that helps you create your own vision, for your own organization. Leaders can learn from many different sources of foresight, and this chapter provides a taste of varied approaches. Forecasting helps leaders break out and develop new “ways you can go.”

The Institute for the Future’s Ten-Year Forecast was begun in 1978, when Roy Amara was president of IFTF. The ten-year time horizon was an important choice. Looking ten years ahead, one can see patterns more clearly, even if the details are still unclear.1 To be most useful, a forecast should be far enough into the future to go beyond an organization’s normal planning horizon but not so far ahead that it becomes unbelievable, irrelevant, or too far out. Most of our forecasts focus ten years ahead, but our range for recent forecasts has been from three to fifty years. Our preference is for ten years.

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