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2014 Highlights for Grow a Generation

From 2 Kitty Whisperers speaking at a law conference to students serving aboard the Orion Spacecraft as virtual crew members, it was an eventful year for Grow a Generation. Here’s a selection of 2014’s highlights   AUTHORS 5th grade author and animal advocate Veronica was nominated by the ASPCA for the Humane Kid of the …

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Distracted: How Mindfulness and Meditation Transformed a College Classroom

“I was able to feel relaxation, tranquility, focus.” – Dan Suriano “It helps get my thoughts and feelings in order,” – K.J. Miller “The mandalas brought us together and cleared our minds” – anonymous “I enjoyed it so much, I couldn’t stop [when the assignment was over.]” – Ventura Simmons “helped me calm down at …

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Creating Projects with Real World Impact: Becoming a Resource to the World

Given the choice of a completing an assignment to make a real world impact or writing an assignment that will be thrown away, what would you choose?  Students in my Global and Cultural Perspective’s class are struggling with this question as reach into the into the vast stores of recent academic research at Duquesne’s extensive …

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What is a MOOC? (and where do I sign up!)

In a word, a MOOC is a free online class you can take at a University.  According to the Washington Post, it is the latest buzzword coming out of higher education.   MOOC is an acronym for “Massive Open Online Course.” It is an online class that anyone (at least anyone with access to the internet) …

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Theatrical Robots

The Theatrical Robots camp was a great success!  What an absolute joy to work with these very creative, hilarious kids. The boys helped complete and test the Theatrical Robots curriculum for the Grow a Generation Lab that will be offered next year for homeschool and afterschool labs in the home and in the Media Lab …

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Conversations with kids in the wake of violent tragedies

  The below comments are written for parents and grandparents of children over ten. The funerals at Newtown have come to an end, the days of mourning have (for those of us not directly affected by the tragedy) given way to Christmas celebrations. Group prayers have turned to other concerns.  And yet the shadow of …

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Childhood Dreams

Children can and do change the world.  They recognize injustice, they experience fear and anger.  The father of the Buddha tried to protect him from all suffering, injustice, and anguish. He created a beautiful bubble for him, a bubble of plenty of sweet food, no harsh words, no sickness, no poverty, and no loss. The …

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Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World

USA Today calls Tony Wagner’s latest book “A road map for parents who want to sculpt their children into innovative thinkers.”  I couldn’t agree more. Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World focuses on what we must do differently, as parents and educators, in a globalized and technologically altered world …

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Lifting a Teen from the Mud of Self-Absorbed Pity

Judge Gilliam – I disagree.  The latest “viral” Faceook is a reprint of a 1959 published letter from Judge Philip B. Gilliam of Denver,Colorado.  Parents (and grandparents) of teens and tweens are lauding it as sage advice that “Every teenager should have this framed and hung on their wall in their room.” A part of …

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Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

I just finished reading Switch by Chip and Dan Heath from the perspective of a person and parent trying to understand how to motivate myself and my child to action. It was a great complement to Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow reviewed last month.  The Heath’s metaphor for what Kahneman called System One and System …

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