Imagine speaking to a room full of kids, with the awareness that everyone understands you and is impressed by how comfortable, confident and relaxed you seem.
This is an essential skill that great leaders and motivators through history have demonstrated which makes them stand out in a crowd. We have seen that a great communicator can unite people as well as be a motivator for great change, both positive and negative.
Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech inspired a nation to greatness. It created a following and broke down racial barriers.
Mahatma Gandhi’s talks on non-violent protest started a movement that freed a nation from the oppressive British rule.
Nelson Mandela created a strong message not only about ending the destructive system of apartheid in South Africa but also about creating a just and free society for all South Africans.
Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address put him on the map for president and gave him an immortal place in history.
Hitler’s many speeches were delivered with extreme passion and caused possibly, one of the most horrific genocides of all time.
Creating motivated, outgoing, well-organized and confident children is the goal for Speaker trainer and Coach, Jean Crasta who has studied under the mentorship of John Maxwell.
She teaches students the skills to great communication and leadership skills. Students step out of their comfort zone, they learn to overcome nervousness when speaking in front of groups, to organize and present ideas logically and convincingly, to listen carefully to the ideas of other students, and offer helpful advice. All this, while having a great time in her sessions.
Some benefits of public speaking are:
Self-confidence: increasing your skill at communicating with others, automatically makes you confident around people, allowing you to get your idea out there. It also increases your skill at perceiving people’s reactions to your message.
All of us need to speak in public at some point in our lives. Teaching children this important skill, giving them the opportunity to practice helps them grow into confident adults. By becoming a confident public speaker a child is instantly put above many others who are afraid to speak in front of others. This cultivates a habit of grasping every opportunity that comes their way, with each small achievement helping to push your child to bigger successes.
As we see in our careers, every public speaking opportunity is an opportunity to grow your leadership, your influence proving to be stepping stones in your career path. Having the opportunity to influence people will put you in a position to create an impact in people’s lives
As history has shown us, people follow leaders who inspire them and leaders who communicate their ideas effectively. Being an effective communicator can help make you a great leader.
We had such talented children who came in and expressed their creativity: Acrylic on canvas.
With one basic idea, it was amazing to see how different children came up with different ideas
Here are some pics from that event:
The benefits of tutoring are easy to see for any family that seeks out additional academic help for a child.
Improved grades, confidence and success are just a few of the benefits. It is proven that one-on-one tutoring can have compounded effects.
Tutoring is a resource many parents reach for after seeing their kids struggle academically. However, it can be so much more than a quick fix. Good students can benefit by studying with the right tutor and engage in subjects even more increasing their love of the subject.
Strong or weak, all students can benefit by improving their study habits and understanding of the subject at hand.
This one is quite easy to visualize. A child who receives extra help in a subject will see their marks improve, though this simple fact should not be taken for granted. Improving grades, especially for a struggling student, can have a profound effect on overall academic performance. Once a child sees that studying and hard work can have tangible rewards, there is a ripple effect: success breeds success. A confident student will be inclined to take on more challenges, which will lead to more achievement.
Providing a Quiet Space
One-on-one tutoring provides a distraction-free environment for a child, who may find it difficult to concentrate in a noisy classroom. One-on-one instruction with no other students around can help improve focus, allow a student to zero in on academic weaknesses and a chance to ask questions that they may be too embarrassed to ask in a classroom.
Building Organizational and Study Skills
One-on-one tutoring is a great way to promote the development of study skills. Flash cards, taking notes, speed-reading and other techniques are easier to get across when it is just one instructor and one student. The benefits of tutoring can be felt across subjects; once a Science tutor has helped a student learn how to make flash cards, he or she can bring that skill to English, French or Math.
Challenging the Advanced Child
Gifted students can be bored and under challenged in a classroom environment that caters to the slower students along with the academically advanced. A child with exceptional ability in algebra or calculus can benefit from working one-on-one with a computer science tutor on coding projects. Those with a scientific bent can explore more advanced topics than their counter parts at school.
With these benefits of tutoring, Excellence Tutorial is the best resource to contact for your child’s needs.
Yes! we most certainly can teach ourselves to learn. No one said it would be easy, especially if you have to unlearn all the bad habits and routines that you have settled into. However, with a little discipline and a lot of willpower, we can get there. The trick to is start as soon as possible. Do you have a habit you would like to incorporate into your routine? Exercise maybe? Or studying a new language?
Do not wait for the kids to grow up or the summer holidays.
You do not have to study two hours a day or exercise a full body workout each day. Start with small baby steps, five minutes a day, or two pages to read each day.
If you aspire to be a writer, write a 100 words each day.
I can assure you that within a week you would have considerably increased your daily limit and you'll be well on your way to reaching that novel/marathon/competitive exam/foreign trip.....
The next important thing is: Do not beat yourself up if you fail or miss a day.
As Winston Churchill said, " Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm."
Take those baby steps, do not give up and be positive.
Rome wasn't built in a day. It takes time and patience, with yourself and others, to get to that goal that you have set.
Word for the day:
noun cu·ri·os·i·ty \ ˌkyu̇r-ē-ˈä-s(ə-)tē , ˌkyər- \
The desire to learn or know more about something or someone
1:desire to know:
a :inquisitive interest in others' concerns
The construction inside their house aroused the curiosity of their neighbors.
b :interest leading to inquiry
Her natural curiosity led her to ask more questions.
According to Dr. Bruce Perry, Curiosity is the fuel of development:
Here are some excerpts from his interesting article, that was published in Early Childhood Magazine and on the Scholastic website:
"Children are such curious creatures. They explore, question, and wonder, and by doing so, learn. From the moment of birth, likely even before, humans are drawn to new things. When we are curious about something new, we want to explore it. And while exploring we discover. By turning the light switch on and off over and over again, the toddler is learning about cause and effect. By pouring water into a dozen different-shaped containers and on the floor and over clothes, the 4-year-old is learning pre-concepts of mass and volume. A child discovers the sweetness of chocolate, the bitterness of lemon, the heat of the radiator, and the cold of ice"
Dr. Perry then goes on the describe how a child gets pleasure in his discoveries, which then lead to repetition and mastery, along with confidence in their abilities. The table below illustrates this:
Curiosity results in Exploration
Exploration results in Discovery
Discovery results in Pleasure
Pleasure results in Repetition
Repetition results in Mastery
Mastery results in New Skills
New Skills results in Confidence
Confidence results in Self esteem
Self esteem results in Sense of Security
Security results in More Exploration
He also tells us how this natural curiosity is stifled and stunted by over protective adults in a child's universe:
There are three common ways adults constrain or even crush the enthusiastic exploration of the curious child: 1) fear, 2) disapproval and 3) absence.
Fear: Fear kills curiosity. When the child's world is chaotic or when he is afraid, he will not like novelty. He will seek the familiar, staying in his comfort zone, unwilling to leave and explore new things. Children impacted by war, natural disasters, family distress, or violence all have their curiosity crushed.
Disapproval: "Don’t touch. Don’t climb. Don’t yell. Don’t take that apart. Don’t get dirty. Don’t. Don’t. Don’t." Children sense and respond to our fears, biases, and attitudes. If we convey a sense of disgust at the mud on their shoes and the slime on their hands, their discovery of tadpoles will be diminished.
Absence: The presence of a caring, invested adult provides two things essential for optimal exploration: 1) a sense of safety from which to set out to discover new things and 2) the capacity to share the discovery and, thereby, get the pleasure and reinforcement from that discovery
It is our responsibility and duty to ensure the children in our care are allowed to explore and discover. We should nurture their curious minds and enrich them, giving them the best chance of success and achievements.