|Wednesday, December 8th, 2010||| CWK Producer|
“What we have to tell students is that you're OK the way you are, you can bloom where you're planted.”
– Nido Qubein, President of High Point University
Kids may think their teachers know everything, but according to a recent article in Converge Magazine for educators, when teachers mess up every now and then everybody learns something
Educators agree that learning happens in lots of different ways.
"I give every student in my seminar a little bird that stands on an axis and I make the point that the bird is in perfect balance and so must your life be in perfect balance ... physically, spiritually, mentally, socially, economically, you live in the extraordinary zone when you have balance in your life, says Nido Qubein, President of High Point University.
Balance is lacking for too many teens. Research from San Diego State University reveals that rates of depression, stress and anxiety among today's teens are three times higher than the 1930s. The pressure, coming from different sources, can really take its toll.
"Students have a sense of anxiety because society places so many pressures on them, because parents place pressure on them, because television places pressure on them, because peer group places pressure on them. What we have to tell students is that you're OK the way you are, you can bloom where you're planted," says Dr. Qubein.
Letting students find their own path to answers – maybe even struggle a little -- can make them better learners in and outside of the classroom.
"You know, it's an exciting world and we should be able to explore," says 19-year-old Chandler DeWitt, a college sophomore and teen author of Inside Out: Real Stories about the Inner Choices That Shape our Lives. "
Test scores. Team Sports. Technology. Today's teens face a competitive, complex, 24-7 existence. Perhaps it's no surprise that research from San Diego State University and the University of Georgia shows that kids exhibit four times greater the rate of depression and anxiety than the children of the 1930s.
Experts believe a cultural shift, with values placed by parents, school systems and communities on external outcomes and material success, may be the fuel for teen stress and anxiety. How can educators, parents and kids themselves redefine this race for reward?
One approach is to increase awareness and action toward leading a more balanced life. In a recent issue of Converge Magazine, Julianne Capati and Spencer Taylor, students at Empire High School in Tucson, Arizona, wrote an article entitled "Five Mistakes Students and Teachers Should Make." They write "mistakes lead to learning and growing. Mistakes challenge you to learn from them in order to succeed. Mistakes represent success in disguise." Their suggested mistakes teachers should make include: