Many of us use the turning of a new year to set our personal intentions, reevaluate our priorities, spark motivation, or set goals. For teachers, parents, and students, the new year also brings a chance to set academic or professional milestones, aspire to new heights, and adjust the jaded end-of-the-year attitude to a positive outlook for the year ahead.
Between my company blogs at www.lifebound.com and here at the Carol J. Carter blog, we’ve posted hundreds of blogs filled with tips for teachers, students, parents, and professionals. Why so many blogs? We believe that learning is lifelong; that the teacher, the parent, the executive must remain the student in some capacity. Consider the following quotes:
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
“We have to abandon the idea that schooling is something restricted to youth. How can it be, in a world where half the things a man knows at 20 are no longer true at 40 — and half the things he knows at 40 hadn’t been discovered when he was 20?”
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
How could reigniting a desire for learning change how you spend the next year? What practices could you add to your resolutions list that would model the importance of being a lifelong learner for your children or other people in your life? Here is a round-up of the most popular articles that inspire and support new beginnings from our LifeBound blogs.
Blogs for a Strong Start
- “A Change Will Do You Good.”Â It’s not about what happens to us, but how we respond, says Joe Martin. Learn methods to deal with any sort of change in your life in this blog.
- “Study Skills for Success: Study Smarter, Not Harder.”Â Master teacher Karen Boyes shares 8 tips students can use to start studying smarter, not harder this semester.
- “Making it OK to Make Mistakes.”Â Even parents make mistakes — and it’s OK! Expert coach and counselor Michael Vladeck shares how you can model for your kids that mistakes are a part of life and can be a catalyst for positive change.
- “Being Brutally Honest About What You Are Modeling to Children.”Â For anyone who works or lives with children, this article shows you how to evaluate and adjust what behaviors you are modeling for children.
If you didn’t accomplish everything you had hoped for in 2012, remember learning is lifelong and to err is human. In the words of Henry Ford: “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”