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7 habits to motivate children to Learn

7 habits to motivate children to Learn

This year I have worked hard in using the “7 habits” to motivate children to learn and become better children and potentially successful adults in life.

The “7 habits” I am referring to are the seven habits found in “the leader in me” book written by well-known author Stephen Covey. The book is good, but I will be honest with you – it’s a bit difficult to read (don’t expect it to be something entertaining - it is not a Harry Potter style book). With that said: I am enjoying the process my Elementary school “Fred Wild Elementary” has undertaken and the direction we are heading.
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I am going to be honest and transparent as I can without trying to diminish the book. The teaching of (an Mr. Covey alludes to this in several videos he has made) that the 7 habits are not new – it’s not a new thing never before seen. Yes, he presents it in a clear way with some twists and colorful antics – but character, honesty, good work ethics, and ethics in general are not new things to learn.

What I do know is this: we are taking the time in our school, in our classrooms, as a whole: the administration, teachers, staff and hopefully the students as well, to put in practice, practical and sound teachings (ethics, attitudes and work habits).

Now sometimes it sounds a bit like we are trying to brain wash the children but it is not – we are simply trying to find an interesting and new way of teaching children important skill sets they need in order to be successful in life.

Personally, I have been creating interesting images to put on our school Facebook page “the Fred Wild” and on our school wide broadcast. I have placed some of the images here on my blog to give you a quick glance at what we are doing as a whole.
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I admit at first I was not 'all for' this idea: the leader in me. But I do admit that I can see some of the benefits of trying to teach this generation of children that life is more than just looking out for you. In one of the seven habits children are taught something very important that I myself had written about in my book: For Children How to be Successful Rich & do well in school.

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

Wow, if children could understand this one habit, put it in practice: their lives would be so much better. They would understand to put schooling and education first before games. They would desire to do choirs first before watching TV – can you imagine that! More children would seek to strive to excel early in life and benefit from this by possibility retiring at an early age. Just think of the possibilities this one habit can do for them and their future?

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Fail: I see my daughter cry and I feel good?

I watch my daughter and I am afraid she is growing up so fast. Then I watch her fail at something she was working so hard to achieve - when she starts to cry: I see my little girl.
Yes it’s odd, I know. But it’s true – and to be honest I couldn’t help but feel good. Our children are always running toward the future at a hundred miles per hour and as a parent (like most parents) I want her to slow down, be a kid and to not be in such a rush to grow up. I know it’s selfish of me, part of the reason I want her to slow down is because I don’t want to lose my little girl, my princess. Even with all the things I do in order to prepare my baby girl for the future – I secretly desire not to lose my little girl.
I remember when I was her everything, I was Dad – no I was “SUPER” Dad. Now she is so busy trying to do everything on her own, working so hard to be self reliant, self sufficient, independent – that last one is the one that hurts the most – independent means (to a Dad) she no longer needs me. That is a bit hard to swallow, knowing that I am no longer superman (dad) to my little girl.
I want her to grow up. I want her to learn how to defend herself, to learn, to prepare and to be successful in life. But with all that said – part of me still wants my little girl, my baby girl.
So when she was working so hard to get her driver’s license; talking about being independent and all – I was fine. That is until the day of the driver’s test. The day of the test I watched her walk away and I thought to myself – oddly enough, I hope she fails. Not because I was being mean or desired ill will toward her – but because to me at that moment – it was a defensive desire. If she fails, she will not be independent and she can stay my little girl a little bit longer.

When she came back and I found out that she failed – I didn’t feel guilty, no not one bit. Part of me was relieved, calm and I looked at her to see her reaction. She gave no sign of doubt, sadness or hurt – she smiled and said “I messed up”. After finding out that it was a small mistake that caused her to fail we walked outside and I watched my little girl break down into tears. I wanted to grab her and be “super dad”. I wanted to hug her and make her sadness go away. But something odd happened – I asked her to run me through the test (take me everywhere the instructor took her). Instead of wanting to coddle her, to baby her – my attitude changed and I wanted to empower her.
The next thing I did was take her through her mistakes, show her how to correct them, teach her how to overcome her failure and to learn from them. We decided that she would go the next following Monday (it was Friday) and retake the exam.  On Saturday I took her back to where she took the exam and we went over everything several times. It was strange for me; my desire to keep my little girl was overwritten by the instinctive fatherly desire to want to see my children succeed. As a parent we can’t stop them from growing up and I know one day I will no longer be considered “super dad” but it doesn’t mean I am not still dad – I will always be dad.

And by the way: early Monday morning she went and she passed that drivers test - that's my baby girl. 

Florida sink hole swallows up hotel?

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Florida sink hole swallows up Orlando Florida Hotel - OMG!

It was bad enough hearing about the story of the man who was swallowed up alive by a Florida sink hole that formed beneath his home - but this is getting crazy.
This all has me worried, I just noticed my neighbors lawn and the have barriers up to keep people away from a large deep hole that has formed in their front yard - that is all I need, that is way to close to my home.

Check out the video below. 

Creating video for promo? using Animoto

Creating a Video for Book Promo: using Animoto

When most people have free time they usually relax - right? No not me, I go looking for something to do or to learn.

As it goes I ran across and interesting video at my wife's job as I helped clean out the studio room of the school and so, I tried to figure out how the system worked. The video was a cool presentation about a special event that was held at the end of last year. I was so impressed with the video I took note of the company that was used to create the video:

It's an interesting way to create fun short or long videos (I mention short because if you want to use the free service you can only create 30 sec videos).

The pricing is: you can create 30 sec videos for free, 10 min. videos for $5 a month and 20 min at HD for $39 a month. It's pretty easy to use - no one should find it difficult to use.

Of course having some free time on Saturday, I took the time to figure out how to use the web site and it's features. And yes, I couldn't help but create a video about my book: For children how to become Rich Successful and do well in school.

There were a few obvious issues with the system; some of the features can only by members who pay for the $5 or $39 plans. A big problem is that you cannot easily embed the video into FaceBook like you can with YouTube. Don't get me wrong it can be done using their feature but then it brings up another issue - music rights. It appears (I did some research) that YouTube and Facebook will flag you for music license violation - which bites. I like the feature which adds music to the video, but if YouTube and Facebook will block the video from playing - what good is it.

Easy to use
All you need is a few photos and a few minutes to create a beautiful video.

Post, tweet, pin, email...
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, WordPress, etc. Share where your audience is.

Licensed music (you can down load your own I believe)
2000 tracks from industry-leader Triple Scoop Music and other partners. Pro Premium gets 1000 more.

HD quality
Create unlimited videos in our highest render quality, 720p HD, suitable for most screens.

Stunning styles
Animoto Pro was created by veterans of the TV & film industries. It's not your grandma's slideshow.

Call-To-Action Button (only to paid member)
Link your video to your school or event's page to get your audience engaged or for RSVPs.

Unbranded Videos (the free plan has a Animotoe label on video player)
White-label videos give you clean, beautiful playback with no Animoto logo whatsoever
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