We are always being told about the importance of nutrition to stay healthy and is especially so in the teenage years when you are under so much pressure with school, job, study, exams, sport etc. The only trouble is finding quick and easy recipes that will give you maximum nutritional benefit and still taste really great.
Journey to Health for Teens provides great quick and easy recipes. The creator, Leanne Costa, is a home economics teacher in a high school (and has three grown daughters) so knows about creating delicious healthy meals for young adults.
You can subscribe to the You Tube Channel JTH4teens or here are three videos to get you started on creating healthy snacks or you can follow JTH4teens on Facebook and Instagram.
For most people, when you see a book about Winnie the Pooh, you'll cast your mind out to childhood stories, Pooh and his cute animal friends, and a simple bear who, more often than not, has his hand (or head) in a honey jar. However, if you look closely at the conversations that Pooh has with his friends, there are some very wise and profound words of wisdom that come from this furry fellow and they are as poignant (even more so today) than when A.A. Milne first wrote the stories.
There are some excellent teaching moments that you can create through discussion of these quotes. Listed below are some that you might like to use with students or, if you are reading this as a student, think deeply about what is being said here. It has significance for all of us.
On trusting yourself:
Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
On the importance of the little things:
Sometimes, said Pooh, the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.
On living in the present:
“What day is it?”
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.
On the futility of worry:
“Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?”
“Supposing it didn’t,” said Pooh after careful thought.
Piglet was comforted by this.
On being yourself
The things that make me different are the things that make me.
Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.
On stepping out of your comfort zone
You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.
On clearing your mind of all thoughts (mindfulness)
Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.
On the value of dreams
I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.
“How do you spell ‘love’?” – Piglet
“You don’t spell it…you feel it.” – Pooh
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If you are looking for some great free graphics that highlight words in a range of formats, then Blue Diamond Gallery is an easy-to-use free program. There is an A-Z list of words you can choose from in each of the three graphic styles: Dictionary Pictures, Tablet Words and Wooden Tile Word Pictures. Once you have selected the style and word you need, you are provided with details of the author and attribution rights, meaning the picture can be copied, saved, and redistributed freely.
There are also purchasing options available if you wish to purchase higher-resolution pictures at a larger size. For educational purposes, this website is an excellent introduction into thinking about the visual placement of titles and words, with the resource also being a a great model for what students could create themselves.
Writing Tips Oasis is a site designed to support writers to make their ideas a literary reality.
Hiten Vyas, the founder of the website, states that they want to "provide the very best writing tips, writing advice, and guidance to help you become the best writer you can be, whether it’s as a published author, a freelance writer, a business writer, a journalist, poet, or as a blogger." They also want to help you improve not only your craft, but develop the business skills needed to sell your work to the markets you choose to.
By reading regular blog posts about different aspects of the writing process, you gain valuable knowledge and practical advice. The extensive collection of author interviews also gives you insight into what inspires them and how they nurture and develop their craft.
All resources are free, and current and blog posts are added regularly. If you are a teacher of English, Teacher Librarian, or a students who wants to hone their writing skills (with the possibility of publishing) then this site is definitely going to help you get published.
Hold it lightly and trust
If one holds too tightly on to anything (no matter how beautiful, liberating, or true) the holding tightly can limit us.
What are you holding tightly onto? Let go and trust - an open palm allows more things to come your way... a closed fist shuts out all opportunities.
Ritualise your study routine
When we are born, one of the first things our parents do is try and get us in to a routine around our eating and sleeping patterns, usually resulting in a ritual of some kind, especially around bedtime. An example of this may be after a bath we have a story read to us, a bottle, and then bed. These 'cues' or 'triggers' repeated over and over get us used to these specific rituals so that when, for example, we have a bath at night, we will know what follows.
These rituals can also be very useful when you are studying, especially if you tend to procrastinate or struggle to settle down to your daily homework. Perhaps a routine may be of use??
There are many things that you can do to set this ritual up.
Here is an idea of what it might look like:
This is just one suggestion.
Make a study routine that best suits you and your study priorities and goals.