Uncategorized · Wellbeing

The Shift

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It’s clearly been a long time since my last post. Moving to a new country last year kept me busy beyond belief. Bangalore had cocooned me in familiarity and comfort. The initial excitement of Dubai quickly wore off and I found myself neck deep in setting up a new house and settling into a new school job. It was a clear shift in the pace of life I was used it.

However, being in the field of helping children with learning difficulties gives me the greatest motivation and pleasure in life. So, after a year of trial and error, I’ve finally eased into a contended routine. It also helps to have two months off for the summer!

I’m happy to present to you the new look and name of the website. Despite not actively working on this space, the website has constantly been on my mind and I hope to continue keeping The Learning Chapter alive.

My obsession with famous quotes is never ending and I’d like to end with Steve Jobs’ words. They perfectly sum up my state of mind the past year or so.

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” 

 

The Road Less Travelled · Uncategorized

The Road Less Travelled: Growth & Religion (Part 3 of 4)

411lCr7XvpL._SX309_BO1,204,203,200_“Life is difficult.” Thus begins the popular book ‘The Road Less Travelled’ by M. Scott Peck (1936-2005), an American psychiatrist. First published in 1978, the book’s simple language lends to easy understanding. Peck draws considerably from his daily clinical practice as evidenced by the innumerable examples sprinkled across the book. In a four part series I briefly explain the tools Peck writes about to achieve mental and spiritual growth; at the outset he mentions he does not distinguish the two. The four tools are discipline, love, growth-religion and grace.

As we grow in discipline and love (discussed in Parts 1 & 2) so does our understanding of the world. Scott Peck explains our comprehension of what life is about is our religion. Religion is not necessarily a belief in God or rituals, although it can encompass those as well. He says, “…everyone has an explicit or implicit set of ideas and beliefs as to the essential nature of the world.” These ideas form our religion. Our religion must be wholly personal and not dictated by others.  Continue reading “The Road Less Travelled: Growth & Religion (Part 3 of 4)”

The Road Less Travelled · Uncategorized · Wellbeing

The Road Less Travelled: Love (Part 2 of 4)

411lCr7XvpL._SX309_BO1,204,203,200_“Life is difficult.” Thus begins the popular book ‘The Road Less Travelled’ by M. Scott Peck (1936-2005), an American psychiatrist. First published in 1978, the book’s simple language lends to easy understanding. Peck draws considerably from his daily clinical practice as evidenced by the innumerable examples sprinkled across the book. In a four part series I briefly explain the tools Peck writes about to achieve mental and spiritual growth; at the outset he mentions he does not distinguish the two. The four tools are discipline, love, growth-religion and grace.

While discipline is the first step to achieving a full life what is the motive or the energy for discipline? Love, says Scott Peck. Peck defines love as, “The will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth.” He clarifies self love and love of others go hand-in-hand and are ultimately indistinguishable. Love is not just a desire but a combination of action and intention. Peck dedicates a major part of his book to love and the length of this post reflects that.  Continue reading “The Road Less Travelled: Love (Part 2 of 4)”

Behaviour · Uncategorized · Workshops

Workshop on Behaviour Management

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I returned to Learning Arc on 7 February 2016 for yet another workshop for parents and teachers. It was encouraging to see a packed room and familiar faces from the ADHD workshop in December. This time we tackled Behaviour Management in children with learning difficulties. A lively discussion ensured everybody’s attention. While there were a few sceptics of Behaviour Therapy most agreed on its benefits in children with additional learning needs.  Continue reading “Workshop on Behaviour Management”

The Road Less Travelled · Uncategorized

The Road Less Travelled: Discipline (Part 1 of 4)

411lCr7XvpL._SX309_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg“Life is difficult.” Thus begins the popular book ‘The Road Less Travelled’ by M. Scott Peck (1936-2005), an American psychiatrist. First published in 1978, the book’s simple language lends to easy understanding. Peck draws considerably from his daily clinical practice as evidenced by the innumerable examples sprinkled across the book. In a four part series I briefly explain the tools Peck writes about to achieve mental and spiritual growth; at the outset he mentions he does not distinguish the two. The four tools are discipline, love, growth-religion and grace.

A vital aspect of rising above the rigors of life is knowing, understanding and accepting that life is difficult. Peck states life is a series of problems and the sooner we realise this, the better. He offers four tools to deal with life’s issues. This post highlights the role of the first tool, discipline.  Continue reading “The Road Less Travelled: Discipline (Part 1 of 4)”

Behaviour · Social Skills · Uncategorized

Bobo Dolls and Learning

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In 1961, against the backdrop of the prevalent Behaviourism perspective in Psychology, Albert Bandura conducted his famous Bobo doll experiments at Stanford University. The principles of Bandura’s Social Learning Theory hold true even over half a century later.  Continue reading “Bobo Dolls and Learning”

Uncategorized · Wellbeing

New Beginnings

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As 2015 draws to a close I can’t help but reflect on the year gone by. Special education is an ever changing, fast paced and challenging field. Working with children is tough, gratifying, stressful and joyful all at the same time! The burn out rate among special educators is extremely high. Personally, the highlight of the year was the chance to slow down. Continue reading “New Beginnings”