Our philosophy summed up in a quote

Our philosophy summed up in a quote

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Building Blocks of Creativity

Dr. Laura Markham states in her article, Secrets to Raise a Creative Child, that everyone has the capacity to be creative. She says that all of us need access to creativity to solve the problems of daily life and all of us need creative outlets to live fully.  
"We can’t give people talent, but we can train the eye and the ear and the mind, and we can help our children gain access to a creative way of seeing. We can also help them gain the concentration, competence, perseverance, and optimism necessary to succeed in creative pursuits." -Dr. Laura Markham of Aha! Parenting.com
Through Discovery Encourager Tutoring and Mentoring, I focus on building in my students the concentration, competence, perseverance, and optimism necessary to succeed in creative pursuits. I believe that self-mastery, follow through, and organization lead to being able to create the life that you truly want to live.  I help those that I tutor and mentor develop the discipline to develop what lies within them so that they can share their uniqueness with the world.    

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Entrepreneurial Spirit

I found an article by Matt Ehrlichman that explains elements of the entrepreneurial spirit that I wish to engender here at Discovery Encourager Tutoring and Mentoring.  Please follow this link to read the article in its entirety. Ehrlichman lists the top five characteristics of a person with an entrepreneurial spirit as one who is 1) in-tune with their passion, 2) always questioning how it can be done better and, 3) optimistic about all possibilities.  He goes on to say that a person with an entrepreneurial spirit also 4) takes risks and 5) executes.

Ehrlichman contends that these characteristics cannot be taught, but I believe these attitudes and actions can be nurtured in a student and can lead to their success as future adults. Through Discovery Encourager Tutoring and Mentoring I assist students not only with their academic subjects, but I also help them to develop life skills such as visioning, taking calculated risks, creative thinking, and follow-through.  Many students that are struggling in school decide that learning is not for them and do not realize that learning is something that they can also do outside of school and for the rest of their life. I strive to promote joy in learning as I teach and to encourage my students and mentees to be lifelong learners.