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  • 11 October 2019 8:29 AM | Karen (Administrator)

    In ‘Getting Ready for the Age of Experiential Education’, Matthew Lynch refers to the definition for experiential learning identified by the Association for Experiential Education as ‘a teaching philosophy that informs many methodologies in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and develop people’s capacity to contribute to their communities.’ [Bold text added.] 

    Experiential learning is something we do at our Genius Camps. Our Genius Campers get to engage in several learning challenges & activities as 'student-centred' teams. They get to reflect on what has happened and subsequently increase their skills and capabilities to contribute to their communities. They also get to understand their uniqueness and the unique characteristics of others in their team and how they can add value by ‘showing up’ as their unique self. 

    Check out our schedule of events for when the next Genius Camp will be held. 

  • 03 October 2019 10:42 AM | Karen (Administrator)

    Kids just don't seem to be reading nearly as much these days. Research studies and anecdotal reports from teachers, teacher librarians and librarians indicate that a majority of teens don't read for pleasure at all.

    In the article, '7 ways to get teens reading in a smartphone culture', the author comments that smartphones and teen's use of social media play a significant part of their daily life. So, they provide some tips for parents and educators to help support teens' literacy development and to foster a lifelong love of reading.

    Read '7 ways to get teens reading in a smartphone culture', to find out more about the suggested tips.

  • 26 September 2019 4:23 PM | Karen (Administrator)

    Teens, aged between 12 - 15, can join us for Genius Camp North Lakes, Queensland, Australia on 18th and 19th December 2019. Attend this fun-packed, 2-day event where you will discover your true inner genius and natural path to success. 

  • 12 September 2019 11:34 AM | Karen (Administrator)

    It's R U OK? Day - all about making meaningful connections with people around us and starting conversations with anyone who is struggling with life. BTW - here are some great conversation starters. 

    So, I thought this idea by a teacher on how she checks in with her students worth a share - Check-in board to support mental health.

    The kids write their name ON THE BACK of a sticky note and place it on the whiteboard. At the top it says 'Monday Check-in' and then there are sections underneath with different 'state of being' labels. During the week the teacher talks privately to each child to check how they are going and if they need to talk about something that is happening in their life.

    Studies show that mental health issues among young people are on the rise, so whatever we can do to reach out and express our care is definitely a worthy action.

  • 28 August 2019 3:54 PM | Karen (Administrator)

    A longitudinal study published in the USA indicates a steady rise in mental health issues in high school and college students. This rise seems to have nothing to do with realistic dangers and uncertainties, but more to do with the way young people view the world around them. 

    The data indicate that young people believe they have less control over their own destiny. This is an interesting snip from the article - The Decline of Play and Rise in Children's Mental Disorders

    "Twenge's own theory is that the generational increases in anxiety and depression are related to a shift from "intrinsic" to "extrinsic" goals. Intrinsic goals are those that have to do with one's own development as a person—such as becoming competent in endeavors of one's choosing and developing a meaningful philosophy of life. Extrinsic goals, on the other hand, are those that have to do with material rewards and other people's judgments. They include goals of high income, status, and good looks. Twenge cites evidence that young people today are, on average, more oriented toward extrinsic goals and less oriented toward intrinsic goals than they were in the past. For example, an annual poll of college freshmen shows that most students today list "being well off financially" as more important to them than "developing a meaningful philosophy of life"—the reverse was true in the 1960s and 1970s

    It's reports like this that affirm why MyGenius Inc offers the Genius Camps as a way to help young people develop clarity, confidence and courage. 

  • 14 August 2019 3:32 PM | Karen (Administrator)

    This is a time to strengthen the parent-child relationship.

    Kids at this stage have an interesting mix of developing intellectual capacity, jumbled emotions, purposeful passions. Some have an interest in changing the world but face the challenges of a sometimes complicated social life. Others seem to be strong in their stand for change and action. I think about Greta Thunberg, the 15 year old young Swedish activist seeking action on climate change. Now, we may differ in opinion about how these youngsters go about advocating for change, but they do have a point.

    I digress ... With all their enthusiasm and 'raring to go' instinct this is the time to stand beside them to help build their character and confidence. Remember, they are watching you and your reaction / actions t a changing world You are their role model.

    In 'How Parents Can Help Middle Schoolers Build Confidence and Character' you will find a few helpful tips:

    1. Keep the lines of communication open
    2. Maintain an attitude of curiosity
    3. Coach through interference (this is a good one to read)
  • 14 August 2019 3:30 PM | Karen (Administrator)

    I read an interesting post on The Tech Edvocate that outlined 5 ways technology is making students anxious. This is a snip from the post - 'Psychological well-being as measured by self-esteem, life satisfaction, and happiness suddenly decreased amongst students after 2012. This decrease in psychological well-being and increase in anxiety levels are linked to the advent of smartphone technology and screen time.'

    Technology is making our kids unhappy, but why? In short summary, here is the 5 ways...

    1. Technology insulates us from small uncertainties, leaving us vulnerable to real-life situations.
    2. Technology allows us to avoid people (and the negative emotions that go with people).
    3. On-screen communication is not the same as face-to-face communication.
    4. Social media is judgment in public.
    5. The 'compare and despair' trap.

    I'm sure we could add extras to this list ... like cyberbullying.

    Check out the post '5 Ways Technology is Making Students Anxious'.

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