Category Archives: Teacherhood

Articles that are particularly relevant or helpful to teachers.

Book Review: “I, Robot” by Isaac Asimov

One of the most important responsibilities of a parent is choosing appropriate reading material for their children.  Books contain a wealth of ideas, and while exploring different ideas is a good activity for adults to do on a regular basis, … Continue reading

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Motivating the Unmotivated Child

“I didn’t learn much in school last year,” said the 11 year old boy I look after. “Oh, really?” I asked. “Why not?” “I don’t think my teacher was very good and it felt like a waste of time going … Continue reading

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How Schools Encourage Co-dependency

Co-dependence is a technical word for what people used to refer to as “battered wife/husband syndrome” where one person in the relationship completely sacrifices their freedom and well-being to take care of the other person who takes them for granted. Such people see themselves as responsible for managing the feelings of the other person. They falsely believe they are in control of the other person’s feelings and deny the other person’s responsibility for their own problems.

There is a twelve point checklist used as a guide to determine if a person is co-dependent. Let us go through this list of items one by one and see how the public school system encourages this pathological approach to relationships. Continue reading

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Understanding Psychological Projection

Psychological projection is close to the top of my list of things I consider to be essential knowledge for everyone to know and understand.  While you will typically find no shortage of psychologists ready to point out to you that … Continue reading

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Introducing Narcissism

Narcissism is term you have probably heard used often in psychological contexts, but I want to stress here that when I talk about narcissism on this website I am actually using a lot of my own ideas.  My definition of … Continue reading

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Making Trigonometry Interesting

Trigonometry is a branch of geometry; one of the major fields in mathematics.  The name literally means, “the measuring of triangles” (from Greek trigōnon “triangle” + metron “measure”).  As a child in school, I had a hard time understanding why … Continue reading

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The Future of Learning

Apologies for the lack of new content.  I have been a busy working behind the scenes whenever I have had the time available.  I will return to regular content updates soon.  In the meantime, here is an interesting video about … Continue reading

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Iconic Australian Animals

How well do you know your native animals?  I studied biology at university and actually had the nickname “bio-boy” in high school because of my passion for the subject.  However, I was embarrassed recently when I discovered I could not … Continue reading

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How to Self-Discipline Your Child

One of the most common complaints from parents and teachers concerns how one should discipline children, and yes, you read the title of this post right.  This will not be another article explaining how important rules are and how essential … Continue reading

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Introducing Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is a topic we are going to be talking about a great deal at Four Birds Education because it is the core of good mental health and consequently the core of the Water Bird theme.  So it is entirely … Continue reading

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