Great Video! The Hero Cycle

YouTubeI am putting this up here mainly for myself so I can easily find it!  I love showing my students about this.  I love talking to them about how the hero cycle can be seen in individual’s lives.  It isn’t just found in literature… but that is a great jumping off place for this!  I haven’t used this with writing classes but I can see how you could show this and have your students do some creative writing incorporating the hero cycle. You could also use it to analyze different books.  Lots of ideas!  Take a look and see what you think!

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Teaching “Mission” with a Movie – Bridge of Spies

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I love to use movies to teach.  Students don’t expect it!  Especially with more popular movies.  Bridge of Spies with Tom Hanks is one movie that is definitely going into my collection.  I teach a leadership class as well as a WWII class and it would work well with both.  And the best part about this movie is that it is based on actual events.

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What would you do with $4 BILLION?

YouTubeManoj Bhargava is an amazing entrepreneur that was faced with this question.  He invented the 5 Hour Energy Drink and became a billionaire overnight.  Check out this movie (42 min.) and see what he does with his money.  It is fascinating!

I teach Entrepreneurship, Economics, Personal Finance, and Leadership classes and can’t wait to share this with my students in all of these.  

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Book Review – 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

7 HabitsIf you have a child between 12 and 19 years old you should have them read this book.  In fact, if you haven’t read it or the adult version – 7 Habits for Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey – YOU need to read this book!  I consider this to be the TOP self-help book for young people.

I’ve had multiple classes read 7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey (son of Stephen) in several different venues – private school, high school charter school, and homeschool group classes.  All of my students really benefited from it.  Covey uses interesting graphics throughout to get and keep readers’ attention.  He also has a ton of examples that young people really relate to.

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Book Review – Debt is Slavery by Michael Mihalik

Debt is SlaveryWhen I first started teaching Personal Finance I wanted my students to read a BUNCH of books. I submitted the list to the regional advisor of the charter school and I was told it was too long and I needed to pare it down. I also was told to pick short books. Debt is Slavery by Michael Mahalik made the short list on both counts.

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Do we REALLY want to be Free?

LadyLibertyI recently took my sixteen year old son and his friend to spend a week with my oldest son in his apartment.  I had to chuckle when they were discussing the “freedom” my oldest has as an adult.  He told the high-schoolers how he used to think it would be so much fun to be an adult… he could eat what he wanted, sleep when he wanted, spend money on what he wanted.  Then reality set in. 

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Life is all about Choices

Choices GraphicSo many times when I’ve told people that we homeschool our kids or that I am a “stay-at-home mom” people immediately decide that we must be wealthy and there is no way THEY could do that.  It is just not possible.  This just makes me sad… sad that someone feels that they don’t have choices.  They do!  Life is all about choices!

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Book Review – Reallionaire by Farrah Gray

ReallionaireThe majority of my students are home schooled so when I can find a book about a successful homeschooler, I grab it!  Farrah Gray’s autobiography, “Reallionaire”, tells his story about growing up in the housing projects of Chicago with his single mother and how his life turned around…

Farrah shares how important his mother was to his success.  She was his first example and helped him find his first mentor. 

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