for Creative Learning
An effective school is a place for
active, not passive, leaning; a place where all
people are encouraged to be creative, not just
conforming; a place of cooperation as well as
Students need to grow in
mind, body and spirit. Schools should help
students develop both reason and conscience; to
affirm the core virtues that guide our lives:
honesty, respect, responsibility, compassion,
self-discipline, perseverance and service.
My mother turned 86 this month. Her
health is very good, but we have noticed some
decline in her memory....she has had a major
stroke and several smaller strokes. I found the
As people age certain
physiological and psychological changes affect
their ability to receive messages. To help get
your messages across to older adults, you might
try the following guidelines:
messages. Seniors have trouble dealing with too
much information at once.
Repeat messages as
often as possible.....especially the more complex
ones. This will reduce the effort needed to
messages. Abstract thinking ability often
declines with age. Use rational rather than
emotional appeals, which tend to be vague.
Use visual aids.
Visual memory declines more slowly than verbal
memory. Put together a combination of words and
slowly....point by point. When information is
presented too quickly, the earlier points
overpower the later ones.
Give preference to
print media. This allows older people to process
information at their own rate.