Whisker Wisdom #3

Oscar’s Whisker Wisdom for Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Bathe daily to keep your body, heart and mind clean and clear....

Whisker Wisdom #1

Oscar’s Whisker Wisdom for Saturday, August 27, 2016. “Sometimes you need to look at the world from a different perspective.”   Lie on the floor and look at the ceiling. Jump in a swimming pool, sink to the bottom, and look up at the sky. Climb a tree and imagine you are a bird shopping for potential nest sites. Borrow someone’s eyeglasses and see how your view of the world changes. Compliment a stranger on what he/she is wearing and see what happens. Toss a blanket over a card table and crawl underneath. Turn off all the lights in your room and light a candle. However you do it, shift your focus so that the world and your life are a little bit different. What did you discover? Share because we’re all in this together and can learn from one another. You may also want to subscribe to The Not Perfect Hat Club mailing list, so that we may stay in touch (no spam, we promise) Copyright 2016 by Jena Ball. All Rights...

Meet Oscar the Great

Hello. My name is Oscar, and I am a very special cat. My job it to educate my person, which can a BIG challenge! My Story My mother was a large, sleek orange tabby cat. We lived in a barn with horses and cows, who would let us sleep on their backs at night to keep warm. My mother was an excellent mouser, and taught me everything I needed to know about people and the art of time shifting. When the farm was sold, the new owners tore down the barn and put me in an animal shelter. The people at the shelter were kind and fed me fine food. They also introduced me to my person, Ms. Jenaia. My one complaint was having to share a smelly room with some cats who didn’t understand how to use a litterbox. But never mind. All of that is behind me now. My person and I are currently writing my life story. If you have questions of suggestions, we would love to hear from you. Please Tweet to me at: #NPHCOscar You can also talk to my person by sending an email or Tweet, or posting to Facebook or Instagram: Email: JenaBall@CritterKin.com Twitter: @JenaiaMorane Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jenaia.morane Instagram: msjenaia Oscar You may also subscribe to The Not Perfect Hat Club mailing list, so that we may stay in touch (no spam, we...

Maslow in the 21st Century – An #AussieEd Chat

Maslow in the 21st Century Classroom Abraham Maslow was an American psychologist who is probably best known for his hierarchy of needs. The hierarchy is based on his theory that children’s psychological health (and ability to succeed as adults) depends on having innate human needs met. Maslow divided these needs into six categories based on priority, starting with basic physiological needs and culminating in self-actualization (see image above). Although many of these needs seem self-evident, many education systems today tend to place less importance on categories such as “love and belonging,” and esteem,” labelling them as “soft skills.” Ongoing research being done by psychologists and neuroscientists such as Dr. Dan Siegel and Dr. Richard Davidson are providing hard evidence that a child’s emotional well-being is as if not more important than traditional academics. In fact, children who do not feel safe, supported and empowered have a difficult time learning. In our chat on June 19th. we propose to probe a little deeper into Maslow’s hierarchy and discuss practical ways we as educators can address the needs of the “Whole Child.” Come prepared to think outside the box and to share your favorite Maslow quote. Some of our favorites are listed below.  See you Sunday! – Jena and Brett “All of life is education and everybody is a teacher and everybody is forever a pupil.” “One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.” “The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.” “What is necessary to...