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Build self-respect, not self-esteem

Build self-respect, not self-esteem

Written by on July 14, 2015 in Learning, Young People with 1 Comment

Were you to ask a random selection of individuals whether young people with high self-esteem perform better academically than young people with low self-esteem, the majority would probably respond in the affirmative. But they’d be wrong. This boils down to a misunderstanding about the benefits of self-esteem which, among other things, has spawned the phenomenon […]

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The power of plasticity

The power of plasticity

Written by on July 14, 2015 in Learning, Wellness with 0 Comments

Up until quite recently, the profession of neuroscience had a very pessimistic view of the brain, namely that it’s a rigid, unchangeable organ once we reach adulthood. If you regularly read our blog and certainly if you attend our conferences, you will know that this notion has now been successfully and in many cases dramatically […]

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How to think about exercise

How to think about exercise

Written by on June 11, 2015 in Happiness, Learning, Wellness with 0 Comments

“Only ideas won by walking have any value,” Nietzsche wrote. Dr Damon Young decided to get his family up and out of the house on a lazy Sunday morning after reading this. “Many Australians are sedentary,” Dr Young says. We spend a lot of the day sitting – at work, at home, in cars, at […]

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Shy by Sian Prior

Shy by Sian Prior

Written by on June 11, 2015 in Happiness, Learning, Relationships with 0 Comments

“Imagine you’ve just been asked to sing, unaccompanied, to a room full of strangers – and you’re not Lior,” Sian Prior says. “Imagine you’re standing in front of that critical audience, wishing you were invisible.” What if your whole life you’ve felt like this? “What are we shy people actually afraid of?” Sian asks. “You’re […]

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From sharing to caring

From sharing to caring

Written by on June 11, 2015 in Learning, Young People with 0 Comments

“Why do we steal our kids’ questions?” Dan Haesler says. He wonders why parents shut their kids up when they ask questions about cultural diversity. But is blind acceptance the right approach? Perhaps this is why we end up with people like Attorney-General George Brandis saying that people have a right to be bigots, and […]

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The power of first-hand experiences

The power of first-hand experiences

Written by on June 11, 2015 in Happiness, Learning, Young People with 0 Comments

“When you’re ready your teacher comes,” John Marsden says. After meeting a narrow-minded Australian man in his 70s on a train in Canada, he spent a great deal of time wondering, “How can you live so long and learn so little?” “We’re all born at the station called ignorance,” John says. The journey towards knowledge, […]

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How I rescued my brain

How I rescued my brain

Written by on June 11, 2015 in Happiness, Learning with 0 Comments

“Compassion saved my life,” David Roland says. David says he’s been surprised by how many people have related to his personal story of emotional trauma and stroke. David worked in the prison system, with people who’d experienced all kinds of trauma: natural disasters, suicide, children being taken away from their parents. After twenty years he […]

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Happy and creative

Happy and creative

Written by on June 10, 2015 in Happiness, Learning, Wellness, Work with 0 Comments

“All emotions are valid. It’s just how we use them,” Sue Langley says. Her research is on creativity, and she wants to do something creative with us. She shows us an image and gives us 30 seconds to think of as many things to do with it as possible. It’s a water jug accompanied by […]

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Mindfulness & learning by Guest Blogger Janis Coffey

Mindfulness & learning by Guest Blogger Janis Coffey

Written by on April 30, 2015 in Learning, Wellness, Young People with 0 Comments

Like other skills children learn at school such as maths formulas, how to read and write, and making and keeping friends, mindfulness is a skill which requires intentional and frequent practise. Waters and colleagues (2014) propose a model of how meditation influences student learning. In this model, meditation improves cognitive functioning and emotional regulation, which […]

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Wellness in schools

Wellness in schools

Written by on April 26, 2015 in Learning, Wellness, Young People with 0 Comments

Is it possible to promote health and wellbeing in schools? Can schools make a difference to the wellbeing and resilience of students? The simple answer is: yes. As our community becomes increasingly aware of the need to nurture personal wellbeing, schools are also embracing programs that support the mental health of students. Schools have a […]

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Does brain training work?

Does brain training work?

Written by on April 9, 2015 in Learning with 0 Comments

There are many enthusiastic proponents of computer-based brain training programs, among them Professor Michael Merzenich, a world expert on the science of brain training and a presenter at both our Mind & Its Potential 2012 and 2014 conferences. Perhaps the biggest claim made about these programs is they help stave off dementia, though most of […]

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Key thinking skills and how to develop them

Key thinking skills and how to develop them

Written by on March 26, 2015 in Learning, Young People with 0 Comments

I often joke that I memorised beforehand all the essays I ended up having to write for my HSC exam. As a result, I got a great HSC score. Although this was definitely a testament to my ability to remember word for word pages and pages of content, it definitely didn’t speak to the quality […]

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Engaging kids today

Engaging kids today

Written by on February 23, 2015 in Happiness, Learning, Young People with 0 Comments

The great thing about our conferences is that whenever we invite teachers to speak, they’re always so upbeat and enthusiastic about the potential of young people, and the wonderful possibilities inherent in their education. Having known some disgruntled teachers in my time, it’s refreshing to discover there are still many educators out there who care […]

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How can we teach ethics?

How can we teach ethics?

Written by on February 9, 2015 in Learning, Young People with 0 Comments

A positive add-on to the school curriculum are ethics classes, designed to encourage young children to think about ethical issues, those actions and social practices that affect the interests and wellbeing of others. Despite what many people might think, kids as young as four listen and pay attention to the news, are interested in questions […]

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