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Your Sport Parent Style Revealed by David Benzel

December 3, 2014 No comments
by David Benzel Nowhere is our parenting style more evident than when engaged in the world of youth sports. A disturbing example was recently caught on video tape by a neighbor as a young boy was allegedly whipped by his step-father for dropping the ball while playing catch. While the majority of sport parents will never be guilty of such extreme reactions to a dropped ball, the more subtle versions of this behavior are a regular occurrence in more homes than we’ll ever know. The severity of the judging and rebuking from parents varies widely but the source of the ...

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The Real Purpose of Your Child’s Sport by David Benzel

November 1, 2014 No comments
by David Benzel The Real Purpose of Your Child’s SportThere's an adage that says, "It's hard to see a picture when you're standing in the frame." Perhaps being an athlete in youth sports is like that. It's hard for our kids to truly understand the larger purpose of the sport experience while immersed in the everyday rigors of practice and competition. Parents and coaches who transport, support, f inance, organize and administrate youth sports can also lose sight of the real purpose and find themselves "standing in the frame" rather than seeing the big ...

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DAILY bREAD for Families

March 13, 2014 No comments
"The decline in SAT scores has a lot to do with not reading ...  The ability to read is linked to the ability to process, analyze and comprehend information, ... I guess that's called thinking."     ~Donald M. Stewart, College Board President Michael Silverblatt of "Bookworm" uses an analogy that young people might find more persuasive: "Just as people who don't work out can't do certain things with their bodies, people who don't read can't do certain things with their minds." There is no way to cram for reading comprehension... just as there is no way to cram for ...

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A Whirlwind in DC

March 13, 2013 No comments
I spent a few days with some of the greatest creative minds in education.  The 2013 Advanc-Ed Summit was held in Washington DC and the focus was Successful Learning in the Digital Age.  I was really looking forward to the inspirational architecture, history and messaging intertwined throughout the sites of our nation's capital, and I was pleasantly surprised to find just as much stimulating insight through the events and speakers at the Summit. I was honored to meet Sir Ken Robinson, author, inspirational TedTalk speaker, advocate for education revolution, and the ...

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Did Thomas Edison Get an “A” in Light Bulb Design Class?

February 6, 2013 No comments
In all of the serious aspects of our lives, do we really remember the powerful relationship between creative play... and thinking? Problem solving comes from exploration.  If the silly ideas of the 'impossible' are ignored, passed over and closed down in our children, they will stop thinking creatively.  They become embarrassed by failure, when in reality, failure is how we learn.  Failure is how we learned to walk - we stumbled through it. It's how we learned to ride a bike - we fell over and skinned our knees. Failure is how we become intelligent... otherwise, how ...

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