Posts Tagged 'goals'

Qualities of Effective Teaching: Initiating Purposeful Action

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In recent articles, I have tried to examine what distinctive qualities make a person an effective Teacher, Mentor, and Leader in their field.  My Movement Specialist and Lynda, my newest Mentor and Teacher, have a series of qualities that make me stop, pay attention, and engage. I define engagement as “initiating purposeful action”; [i] where a Mentee demonstrates effort, attention, determination, and persistence in response to prompting to learn and perform assigned tasks.” [ii]

Posted by Kerry Aug 11, 2014 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

Reflections About A Mustard Seed

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I read an article called the “Struggle for Faith”. The author suggests that “unless we are content to be intellectually, logically, and spiritually static, we must move in new directions, open up new avenues, and remain discontent (and restless) with what we presently know.”[i]

Posted by Kerry Aug 04, 2014 Posted in Disability 4 Comments

Fear of Failure and Qualities of Mentoring

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I recently wrote about a challenge I experienced from a presentation I was trying to prepare for. I was frozen by a sense of fear, panic, and alarm. Typically I can set these negative emotions aside and proceed with what I need to do. In this one moment, I struggled.

Posted by Kerry Jul 21, 2014 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Sittin’ Sexy Part II

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I will always have some impairment in my right hand. Bowel and bladder issues, which I’ll address down the road, continue to be a heady annoyance from time to time. I do not have trunk control, which would be REALLY handy for a lot of things. What I did gain, however, was an in-depth understanding of the bias in legislation, the “right way” (re: WRONG) to address/ignore a person with a disability, and social norms that WE constantly face but that were hidden to me before. Having seen the “in-group/out-group” bias from both perspectives helped me to put together a pretty unique worldview and eased communication with/between able-bodied (“ABs”) and functionally impaired individuals alike. Although encouraged by my progress when finally discharged from rehab, I couldn’t help but think… “Yeah, that’s all well and good…but now what?”

Posted by Daniel Mellenthin Jul 16, 2014 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

How Your Own Behaviors Influence Children

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Parents are very influential when it comes to the development of the children. Mannerisms, behaviors, beliefs and even actions are learned from an early age throughout adolescence. During this time, your own behaviors as a parent play a dominant role in how the children will develop as they grow older. If you view physical activity or fitness a specific way, there is a good chance the children will develop a similar view.

Posted by Ken Myers Apr 10, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized 2 Comments

How To Battle Despair

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The Grocery store next door she visited so frequently is a far away dream for her now. The high school prom dress she was so excitedly talking about to her girlfriends had lost all its charm. What happened to this seventeen year old, vivacious girl full of love, laughter and lure for life? Not so long ago, a man too drunk to drive rammed his car against her bike. What followed were the most vivid and dreadful moments she had ever experienced.

Posted by Steve Shanahan Apr 02, 2014 Posted in Disability 1 Comment



Have you heard of TED Talks?  If not, I highly recommend checking them out.

TED stands for technology, entertainment, and design.  A non-profit started in 1984, TED Talks are one person on a stage sharing their work and passion in 18 minutes or less!  TED Talks are full of ideas worth spreading.

Posted by Elizabeth Vander Kamp Dec 18, 2013 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Who are we?

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The lifestyle of an athlete is one that is chosen, for it takes a certain amount of guile and discipline to be able to function in the athletic world. At the University of Illinois, those that were on the wheelchair basketball team had a very tedious schedule. While most people are still sleeping at 5:00 AM, we were up and preparing for our 6:30 AM practices. As “normal” people were dreaming, we were out on the court trying to make our dreams a reality. Before we could even get on the court, we had to make sure our chairs were ready. Chair maintenance is a tedious but necessary part of being a wheelchair basketball player, if the slightest thing is off about our chairs it can mean the difference between a win or a loss.

Posted by Daniel Nong Nov 27, 2013 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

Coaches need practice too

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“Most people get excited about games, but I’ve got to be excited about practice, because that’s my classroom.”
– Pat Summitt

Posted by Megan Mindel Oct 08, 2013 Posted in Disability 6 Comments


1,2,3..Power! Tagged with:

“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

– John Wooden

Posted by Megan Mindel Sep 16, 2013 Posted in Disability 3 Comments