Calming the Storm ~ 30 Day Program


I am delighted to announce my new partnership with Avanoo Avanoo (pronounced “Avenue”) comes from the words Ava, which is Finnish for “Open”, and Noo, which is Old English for “now”. So Avanoo means being open to all of your potential right now! It is also a road we travel as we move forward in life.

In 3 minutes a day, Avanoo offers dozens of personalized 30-day programs ranging from Happiness to Productivity from renowned experts on those topics.

The 30-day program has been launched on 19-11-2015 called: Calming the Storm: How Discovering Meaning can Change your Life.

See the link below for three previews. I would like to thank the amazing team for all the hard work in bringing this to fruition: Sara Dickinson, Daniel Jacobs, Prosper Nwankpa, Morgan Stanfield, Laura Forman, Jason Waldron and everyone who worked on the program.


A lack of meaning might be called a malaise of our times. When we encounter challenges in life, oftenwe discover that we can’t find a center, a way to cope. What is it all about?

Studies measuring meaning and purpose in life have found that meaning in life mediates uncontrollable stress and substance abuse, depression, anxiety and self-derogation, among others. This meaning or deepest human value, this WHY, points us to reach beyond ourselves, to enrich our lives, and to unfold a deep fulfillment in our work and personal lives.

Calming the Storm

What’s Inside

Day 1.
This Too Shall Pass
Day 2.
Finding Something to Live For Is Critical
Day 3.
The Question of Meaning in Life
Day 4.
Love Can Come to the Rescue
Day 5.
Putting Your Focus on a Project
Day 6.
The Power of Your Mindset
Day 7.
Finding Meaning from Suffering
Day 8.
Turn Suffering into a Challenge
Day 9.
Is Fear Holding You Back from Your Calling?
Day 10.
Learning Self-Compassion
Day 11.
Suffering Can Be an Inspiration
Day 12.
Appreciating Life Right Now
Day 13.
Your Watershed Moment
Day 14.
We Are Whole as We Are. We Are All Right
Day 15.
The Call That Beckons Us to Find Our Destiny
Day 16.
Filling Our Unique Life Space
Day 17.
What Is Your Choice of Response?
Day 18.
Finding Something to Live For
Day 19.
Life Questions and Light in the Darkness
Day 20.
The Experience of Love: “The Salvation of Man”
Day 21.
Are You Your Own Best Friend?
Day 22.
Is It Ever Okay to Give Up Hope?
Day 23.
Going with the Flow
Day 24.
Good News! You Do Not Have the Heart of a Mouse
Day 25.
It’s Time for Self Transcendence
Day 26.
Igniting Humor
Day 27.
Access a Power That Is Uniquely Human
Day 28.
Relieve Your Loved Ones from Suffering
Day 29.
Do the One Thing That You Know in Your Heart Is Right
Day 30.
“I Broke My Neck, It Didn’t Break Me”
Photo by Carol Knox.

The Essence of Transformational Adult Learning


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The theory of transformative learning theory, first articulated by Mezirow and further refined in his later publications, is about change – dramatic, fundamental change in the way we see ourselves and the world.

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Teachers Easy Guide to Social Learning


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“For learning to be successful it has to have a social ingredient in it. This social ingredient requires observation, attention and interaction. Students tend to learn better when they use their observational skills attentively. Thankfully, the new emerging technology provides these requirements and the onus is on the teacher to show students how to use and leverage such technology in their learning.”

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What Successful People Do With The First Hour Of Their Work Day


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Remember when you used to have a period at the beginning of every day to think about your schedule, catch up with friends, maybe knock out a few tasks? It was called home room, and it went away after high school.

How much does the first hour of every day matter? As it turns out, a lot. It can be the hour you see everything clearly, get one real thing done, and focus on the human side of work rather than your task list.

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Video: Future Learning – Unlock the Learning Potential of Young Minds


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“Students are the future, but what’s the future for students? To arm them with the relevant, timeless skills for our rapidly changing world, we need to revolutionize what it means to learn.”

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A Third of Young Australians in Training in 2011

Auto mechanics class at Chawama Youth Resource...

Auto mechanics class at Chawama Youth Resource Centre (Photo credit: IICD)

“A third (32.1%) of young Australians aged 15-19 years participated in vocational education and training in 2011.

Released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), Australian vocational education and training statistics: Students and courses 2011 provides an annual, national snapshot of student enrolments and training activity.

The 15-19 year age group also saw growth of an additional 16 200 students, making up 25.4% of the total student population.”

To read more visit The National Council for Vocational Education and Research – NCVER – Australia:

Open Courseware Consortium

Outstanding Educational Resource: The OpenCourseWare Consortium is a collaboration of higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world creating a broad and deep body of open educational content using a shared model.

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“The World Health Organization has ambitious goals to reduce the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by half by the year 2015. To achieve this goal, attention should be paid to educate students in developing countries. The OpenCourseWare (OCW) initiative, as started by Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, on water management/drinking water engineering aims to educate its own students in addition to students and life-long learners in developing countries across the globe.”

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Prior Learning

By Dean Dad from Inside Higher Education – very interesting piece about Prior Learning:

“If you haven’t seen Paul Fain’s piece in IHE about credit for prior learning, check it out. It’s a great introduction to a topic that it ready to break big over the next couple of years.
The piece points out, correctly, that two major national organizations — ACE and CAEL — have established increasingly popular protocols for measuring prior learning and awarding appropriate academic credit.  Campuses have generally been circumspect about mentioning that, for reasons both valid and, well, not as much.
A few thoughts on prior learning from a community college perspective:
1. We need to be absolutely clear on the difference between “prior learning” and “life experience.”  They are not remotely the same thing…
2. Faculty resistance and conflicts of interest.  The folks on the non-credit/corporate training side of the college have been pushing “credit for non-credit learning” for years.  I’ve been reluctant to move too quickly on that for fear of setting off thermonuclear war with the faculty, who would likely respond to any hint of alternate routes for academic credit as an existential threat. It’s a sticky area… “


To read more go here at Inside Higher Ed

What I’ve Learned About Learning

From Zen Habits – Breathe – To read more follow the link.

‘We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.’ ~Lloyd Alexander.

Post written by Leo Babauta.

“I am a teacher and an avid learner, and I’m passionate about both.

I’m a teacher because I help Eva homeschool our kids — OK, she does most of the work, but I do help, mostly with math but with everything else too. I also teach habits, writing/blogging, simplicity and other fun topics in online courses.

I’m a lifelong learner and am always obsessively studying something, whether that’s breadmaking or language or wine or chess or writing or fitness.

Here’s are two key lessons — both really the same lesson — I’ve learned about learning, in all my years of study and in trying to teach people:

  1. Almost everything I’ve learned, I didn’t learn in school; and
  2. Almost everything my students (and kids) have learned, they learned on their own.

Those two lessons (or one lesson) have a number of reasons and implications for learning. Let’s take a look at some of them, in hopes you might find them useful.”


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