Guest Post: At the Conclusion of High School, A Choice

Should high-school graduates embrace academic freedom or remain loyal to academic structuralism? THE FINAL DAYS of a thirteen-year odyssey move by with painful fluidity. Bound by shared hardship, old friends and new friends join together to cry, commiserate, lament, laugh, reminisce, recount, celebrate, and love. Grievances and awkwardness remain but are shelved in the knowledge that soon, very soon, the…

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Giving Thanks

Turkey day is once again upon us, and here’s what we at Creative Marbles Consultancy give thanks for: 1.  All opportunities to learn, hence undermining ignorance 2.. The struggle to live a purposeful life 3.  All of the supportive people in our lives, without whom, would make living much more difficult 4.  Both the curse and blessings of change, for…

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Learning with a Purpose

Let the semester unfold slowly–looking to make adjustments to your learning process–as your interactions with both the teacher and your other classmates set the tone for your learning experience. This is easier said than done, especially in the later years of one’s youth, when influence creep seems to be in full swing with the attendant pressure rising to a crescendo…

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Thomas Jefferson for the Twenty-First Century American

Many years ago, in my role as a high school teacher of U.S. Government, I had the unique opportunity that allowed me to experiment–teach one and only one concept, one document to one group of kids for the entire school year. We studied the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson–attempting to understand and apply the lesson of freedom to…

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Stop, Smell the Roses and Improve Your View at the Same Time

Seek to grow each day, in a mildly different way, than what you observed about yourself the day before.  Stop what you’re doing, letting the mundane day-to-day come to a halt. Once the forward motion that stirred up so much commotion, day in and day out, also ceases, then you can get a glimpse into the inner workings of your mind.…

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Embrace, Don’t Shun Worry and Stress; a Normal Part of Living

We spend our lives–first, learning and then, embracing–the idea that stress and worry should be avoided, denied, and minimized, but seldom understood. Art shares his view on worry and stress with a high school junior client and their family, as well as how one can work with stress and worry to become stronger, not weaker in the end. Give it…

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The Climb to the Summit is Always the Most Beautiful, Yet Dangerous

The University of California deadline comes to pass at Midnight (U.S) West Coast time, November 30. Plus, a number of highly selective private and flagship public colleges—notable names include the University of Southern California (USC)—have a deadline for Midnight Dec 1. Students and their families scurrying to complete applications within this backdrop are confronted with a sometimes dizzying array of…

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Teaching Style Can Create Stress Among Some Students in a Classroom of Thirty Five Students

Today’s podcast is an edited conversation with a client (high school junior) who was attempting to identify pressure surrounding the day-to-day academic grind. Within the broader conversation, the student suggested that the teaching style of their AP English teacher was creating undo stress and anxiety on the part of the student and their family.