NO. OF CREDITS:
6 QUARTER CREDITS
[semester equivalent = 4.00 credits]
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Issues and traumas from childhood combined with current personal and professional stress can cause any of us to feel lost and disengaged with life. But we don’t have to stay that way. Celebrated life coach, Martha Beck lays out a clearly defined path to recover a vital sense of self using her text and journal titled Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live, the basis for this course. Participants will follow step-by-step reading and journal activities that uncover how and why we self-sabotage. You will also rediscover the way towards your own “north star”. This course provides the experience and learning for you to reclaim body knowledge, intuition and emotional discernment—all keys to finding the path back to hope and new energy. Join me for this experience of a lifetime. It is a chance to heal, reacquaint with your authentic self and release the pressures that have kept you unhappy and unfilled. What’s more, your own self re-discovery will be an immense source of inspiration as you see and work differently with many of your lost and troubled students. This course is a must for all educators.
It’s your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:
Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit.
Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.
UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT INFORMATION
REQUIREMENTS FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.
CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.
AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.
ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION
Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live by Martha Beck.
Finding Your Own North Star Journal: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live by Martha Beck.
ASSIGNMENTS REQUIRED FOR HOURS OR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
A. INFORMATION ACQUISITION
Assignments done in a course forum will show responses from all educators active in the course. Feel free to read and respond to others comments.
Assignment #1: Introduction
You must complete your introduction before moving on to other assignments.
In a 500+-word response, share your current assignment, what led you to take this course and imagine how this course will enhance your personal wellbeing/career as well as your personal goals.
Assignment #2: The Disconnected Self
Read chapter 1 in your text, Finding Your Own North Star. In your North Star journal, take and score the Connection Questions Quiz and complete pgs. 8-11 on The Disconnected Self. Be sure to include the results in your final response, which is specified below.
View the following video:
FINDING YOUR OWN NORTH STAR: How To Claim The Life You Were Meant To Live By Martha Beck
Martha Beck says we get disconnected from our essential selves through an over-reliance on our social selves. Meet both selves and begin to embrace the role each of them plays.
In 750+ words respond to the questions/prompt/video:
Assignment #3: Listening to Your Essential Self: Learning to Say No
Read chapter 2 in Finding Your Own North Star. In your journal complete pgs.13-25 on How You Say No. Include the writing activities and Worst-Case Scenario activity.
View the video:
Martha Beck shares how the essential self communicates and the mechanisms it uses to sabotage the social self when heading away from your True North. Learn about shoving that social self out of the command center and how to say “no” again.
In 750+ words respond to the prompts, journal/writing/activities/video:
Assignment #4: Getting to Yes
Read chapter 3 in Finding Your Own North Star. In your journal complete pgs.27-38 including the Best-Case Scenario activities.
Watch the video:
Martha Beck says that getting the essential self to say yes is easy and liberating. You are on a journey which always means change. Martha says discovering how the reality of our essential self is freeing and life affirming.
In 750+ words respond to the questions/prompts/video:
What was enlightening about the kinds of activities/people that give you energy? Use the chart as a basis for your discussion.
Assignment #5: Everybody is Not Out to Get You
Read chapter 4 in your text, Finding Your Own True North. Complete the exercises using your book pgs. 59-78. There are no formal journal activities for assignment 5 but continue to journal your feelings and understandings.
Watch the following videos:
Martha Beck brings to light new learning about our everybodies. Our everybodies are the people in our personal circle who share commonalities with us. You will be doing soul searching as you reflect on those who surround you and whether they are helpful in moving
In 750+ words respond to the questions/prompts:
Assignment #6: Getting Everybody on Your Side
Read chapter 5 in Finding Your Own North Star. Complete the exercises in your pgs. 80-103. There are no formal journal activities for assignment 6 but continue to journal your feelings and understandings.
Watch the following videos:
Martha Beck says that in order to change we all need support. Research confirms that changing habits is best done with those who will support and take the journey with us. Martha says that our culture we can all journey to True North ourselves, but she confirms that we must have social support to be bold, enter healing, and to release those traumatic memories from our past.
Please note: The exercises recommended by Martha are best completed with a friend/friends. Your memory will often screen out the truth; the power of group dynamics will help you get closer to your opposing forces of your everybody.
In 750+ words respond to the questions/prompts /video/reading:
Consider the opposing forces of your “everybody” group. What alternative voices do you hear and how do you see yourself managing them.
Assignment #7: Repairing Your Emotional Compass
In your text, Finding Your Own True North, read chapter 6 and 7. Complete the exercises, pgs. 104-136. There are no formal journal activities for assignment 7 but continue to journal your feelings and understandings.
Watch the following videos:
Martha Beck says your body will tell you the truth about getting to your own North Star. You will discover how to use your body knowledge to discover how your essential self feels about your old lifestyle and h the navigational tools needed for your new True North life.
In 750+ words respond to the questions/prompts/video/reading
Assignment #8: Reading Your Emotional Compass
In your text, Finding Your Own True North, read chapter 8. Do the exercises for the Four Magic questions in your journal, pgs. 40-47. Also complete the exercises in this chapter.
Martha Beck tells us that paying attention to emotions can access information that will not only help map out a route to True North but will help you act on what you are learning. If you have been feeling your emotions are out of control, this section provides the learning that will ground you in how to set your emotional compass.
In 750+ words respond to the questions/prompts//reading:
Assignment #9: Charting Your Course
In your text, Finding Your Own True North, read chapter 9 and complete the exercises. In your journal, complete the Compass Reading on pg. 49, then do the accompanying journal/writing activities pgs. 50-74.
Watch the video:
Harnessing Fear, Martha Beck
Martha Beck says that learning to listen to our emotions and dealing with fear is much more direct than any advice you could receive from counseling. It is forward looking. The next step is learning to move forward in life using the navigational equipment you have discovered.
In 750+ words respond to the questions/prompts/video/reading:
Assignment #10: A Map of Change
In your text, Finding Your Own True North, read chapter 11 and complete the exercises. In your journal complete pgs. 77-86.
Watch the following videos:
*** Optional. View if appropriate to your belief system.
Finally Feeling Guided to my North Star
In 750+ words respond to the questions/prompts/video/reading
ADDITIONAL ASSIGNMENTS REQUIRED FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
B. LEARNING APPLICATION
In this section you will apply your learning to your professional situation. This course assumes that most participants are classroom teachers who have access to students. If you do not have a classroom available to you, please contact the instructor for course modifications. Assignments done in a course forum will show responses from all educators active in the course. Feel free to read and respond to others comments.
Assignment #11: Design a Lesson Plan
Describe in detail a lesson or series of activities you would do with students conveying some aspect of what you gained from this course on Finding True North. Identify the main themes and the subjects: reading, writing, arts, history, media studies.
What would you want students to come away with and how would you evaluate your outcomes?
Assignment #12: Continue the True North Journey and Healing
In your text, Finding Your Own True North, read chapter 12. Then choose one of the following to express your thoughts, your journey, your own path to True North.
Continue your journal writing pgs. 87-139. After the reading, design a mind map that links your prior learning to the Magic Squares. The mind map needs to show your journey through each square one through four. Include thoughts on the ideal world, the real world, and your catalytic event. Minimal words are acceptable, pictures, graphics, lettering is encouraged. Use your creativity. Look under life choice mind maps for ideas. Must be in color, use pictures, graphics, and single words. Check out mind mapping for help if needed. Should be created using the computer or on an 11 X 17 piece of paper. Must address all four squares.
Share the intention of the mind map and how creating it affected your personal journey.
.Respond in a 750+ word response. Share your healing, your growth, and your goals for what’s next. Track your changes in thinking, healing, ability to move closer to your True North.
Assignment #13: Wayfinding
Go to Martha Beck’s website. Click on Wayfinding. Choose from the articles listed and read 10.
In a 750+ word response, share your own powerful moments with the reading. Then . You share with a colleague, friend, or one of your “everybody” tribe members. Document the sharing and include this in your response.
Assignment #14: (500 Level ONLY)
Research and describe educational approaches, programs and/or schools which support a greater balance between the social and essential selves. Explain how you see this fitting into our school/district/classroom. Example of websites follow. Completing this study will enable you to integrate your learning about finding your own north star with developing those skills in your students.
https://www.childtrends.org/what-can-schools-do-to-build-resilience-in-their-students Cite your sources and reading.
Reading and cite at least 5 websites. Include what you have learned in your final response.
In 500+ words summarize your reading, learning and the ideas that you would like to use.
Assignment #15: (500 Level ONLY)
Complete one (1) of the following options:
Is there a gender difference in terms of a bias toward the social self or an impairment in one’s emotional compass? Are men more constrained than women or vice versa, and in either case, how do you justify your position? Cite authoritative sources and articles. Check out the following references as a launching pad for your own research and opinions.
Working with male vulnerability
Working with vulnerability
The Power of Vulnerability
the Power of Vulnerability and Emotions
Authentic Leadership, True North
In a 500+ word response, share your research, learning and what you will carry forward from this assignment. Be sure to highlight things that were surprising for you or things that you had never considered. Be sure to include your resources.
Design Your Own Assignment with Instructor Permission
Assignment #16: (500 Level ONLY)
Choose and view 5-7 video links from the list provided in your bibliography or from personal choices and research (listed under Wellness and Life Changes). Design a workshop or program that could be shared with your school /classroom/ unique situation for implementing the ideas of social/emotional learning and True North.
In a 750+ word response, reflect on your learning, your choices, the investigation and research and how you will use the videos, please be specific.
C. INTEGRATION PAPER
Assignment #17: (Required for 400 and 500 Level)
SELF REFLECTION & INTEGRATION PAPER
(Please do not write this paper until you've completed all of your other assignments)
Write a 350-500 word Integration Paper answering these 5 questions:
INSTRUCTOR COMMENTS ON YOUR WORK:
Please indicate by email to the instructor if you would like to receive comments on your assignments.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR TEACHING THIS COURSE:
Brenda McKinney, CEO of Vancouver, WA based BrainVolution, is a developer and dynamic facilitator of workshops that teach practical thinking and learning tools for raising student achievement with the brain in mind. She has trained educators throughout the Pacific Northwest and is a popular presenter because of her ability to motivate, make things fun, and teach practical techniques for the classroom that can be used immediately. Brenda continues to read hundreds of books and articles on the subject of neuroscience and searches for the answer to success for every student. Her work with at-risk students and those with reading problems have made her a popular speaker at the state, regional and national level.
Brenda is able to synthesize the new research and continues to address the role of how to use the latest findings to create high achievement classroom. She brings 30+ years of experience at the elementary, middle school, high school and university level as a mentor teacher, consultant, motivational speaker, university instructor, and reading specialist. Brenda has her Master’s in Education from Washington State University and is nationally certified in Brain Based Learning through the renowned Jensen Corporation, led by Eric Jensen, a noted international spokesperson for neuroscience and education.
Brenda will inspire and motivate you with her energy, enthusiasm and knowledge. Her wisdom, techniques, and brain based approach to education will inspire you and challenge you to meet the demands of this ever changing world.
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