OVERCOMING ADVERSITY: Lessons in Life & Teaching
NO. OF CREDITS:
6 QUARTER CREDITS
[semester equivalent = 4.00 credits]
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The great wisdom traditions of the world as well as our own life stories point to the virtue in adversity. The obstacles and difficulties in our lives can test and bring forth our greatest potential, leading to self-knowledge, courage and great achievement. Educators in this course will view two movies, several TED Talks, and read two books about overcoming adversity from an Amazon and Goodreads list or list selected by your instructor. You’ll use the reading/film/Ted Talks list to reflect on the trials and successes of your own life, and will explore how the themes discussed in the course might be brought into your professional situation. You will be inspired, motivated, and find healing in the journey. This course is appropriate for all K-12 educators.
Price for used novel choices on Amazon depends on selections.
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
Dependent on personal choice.
None. All reading is online.
Dependent on personal choice.
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
Assignment #2: Personal Choice Reading
a. Provide a brief summary of the narrative.
b. Identify any part of the story that personally connects to your own experience discussing any similarities to your own life.
c. Explain what inspired or moved you most in the story/novel/memoir.
Assignment #3: Personal Challenges
a. What was it that allowed you to meet these challenges?
b. In what way are you a better person as a result?
c. How do you feel you developed a new self, one that is better able to step outside the old paradigms?
Assignment #4: Personal Choice Viewing
a. Provide a two (2) paragraph summary of the plot line for each film.
b. Explain how the film(s) detail parts of your story line or the plot line that you have lived or are living?
c. What script do you see that you have consciously or unconsciously adopted?
d. Explain the parallels in 250-500 word essay.
Assignment #5: Living Your Journey
Assignment #6: Personal Choice Reading
Assignment #7: Making It Personal
Preview at least (5 )Ted Talks from Brenda's Personal Ted Talk list and then watch two (2) of them. Then:
Assignment #8: Professional Connections
a. Brain building
b. Healing children
c. Surviving and thriving
d. Jewels of living
e. Loving and caring about your own inner self
f. Rewiring negative thinking
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 #9: The Heroes’ Journey (Required for 400 & 500 Level)
a. Explore the idea of the hero’s journey and mentors.
b. Explore the role of the hero as a mentor. Mentors provide heroes with
inspiration (https://www.thoughtco.com/inspirational-quotations-adult-students-no-1-31723), guidance, training,
and gifts for the journey. Their gifts often come in the form of information or gadgets that come in handy later.
The gift or help given by the mentor should be earned by learning, sacrifice, or commitment.
Example: Yoda was a mentor as is Glinda, the Good Witch and Q in the James Bond Series.
c. Using a mind map or some other artistic creation detail the role of your journey as a hero and mentor to someone else.
Along the way explain how you have been inspired to share and give of yourself.
Assignment #10: (Required for the 400 & 500 Level)
Complete one of the following:
Assignment #11: (500 Level ONLY)
In addition to the 400 level assignments, complete ONE of the following:
C. INTEGRATION PAPER
Assignment #12: (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.
OVERCOMING ADVERSITY: Lessons in Life & Teaching
OVERCOMING ADVERSITY: Lessons in Life & Teaching
CHOOSE FROM BRENDA’S LIST OR FROM THE LINKS PROVIDED AFTER FICTION BOOKS.
NON-FICTION LITERARY SOURCES
Ackerman, Diane. The Zookeeper’s Wife, New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. 2007. Print
Alexie, Sherman. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir. New York: Little, Brown & Company, 2017. Print.
Calcaterra, Regina. Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island. New York: William Morrow, 2013. Print.
Coelho, Paul. The Alchemist. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2014. Print.
Frankl, Viktor. Man ‘s Search for Meaning. Boston: Beacon Press. 2006. Print.
Freeman, Sally Mott. The Jersey Brothers: A Missing Naval Officer in the Pacific and His
Family’s Quest to Bring Him Home. New York: Simon & Schuster. 2017. Print.
Fuller, Alexandra. Leaving Before the Rains Come. New York: Penguin Books. 2015. Print
Gelman, Rita. Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World. New York: Three Rivers Press. 2001. Print.
Gisleson, Anne. The Futilitarians: One Year of Thinking, Drinking, Grieving, and Reading. New York: Little, Brown & Company. 2017. Print.
Hall, Ron, et al. Same Kind of Different as Me: a Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together. Nashville: W Publishing Group, an Imprint of Thomas Nelson, 2017. Print.
Hamilton, Mary. Trials of the Earth the True Story of a Pioneer Woman. New York: Back Bay / Little, Brown, 2017. Print.
Hauser, Brooke. The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens. Atria Paperback, 2013. Print.
Kim, Eunsun and Sebastien Falleti. A Thousand Miles to Freedom: My Escape from North Korea. New York: St. Martin’s Press. 2015. Print
King, Martin Luther Jr. Why We Can-t Wait. New American Library, 1964. Print.
Levy, Naomi. Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul. New York: Flatiron Books, 2017. Print
Lewis, Simon. Rise and Shine: the Extraordinary Story of One Man's Journey from near Death to Full Recovery. Santa Monica Press, 2010. Print.
Marais, Bianca. Hum if You Don’t Know the Words. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2017. Print
McDowell, Josh. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Illinois, 2012. Print.
Noah, Trevor. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. Spiegel & Grau, 2016. Print.
Norman, Elizabeth M. We Band of Angels: the Untold Story of the American Women Trapped on Bataan. Random House, 2013. Print.
Pausch, Randy and Jeffrey Zaslow. The Last Lecture. New York: Thorndike Press. 2008. Print.
Riggs, Nina. Bright Hour: a Memoir of Living and Dying. Simon & Schuster, 2018. Print.
Sandberg, Sheryl and Adam Grant. Option B. New York: Knopf, Borzoi Books, 2017. Print
Sedgwicke, Annalisa. Metamorphosis. Indiana: Balboa Press, 2017. Print.
Shackleton, Ernest Henry, et al. South: the Endurance Expedition. Penguin Books, 2015. Print.
Shetterly, Margot Lee. Hidden Figures: the American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who... Helped Win the Space Race. William Morrow, 2017. Print.
Smith, Patti. Just Kids. New York: HarperCollins, 2010. Print
Vance, J. D. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. New York: HarperCollins. 2016. Print
Walls, Jeanette, The Glass Castle. New York, Scribner, A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. 2005. Print.
Wariner, Ruth. The Sound of Gravel. New York: Flatiron Books, 2016. Print.
Wendel, Susan Spencer. Until I Say Goodbye: A Book About Living. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 2014. Print
Williams, Patricia and Jeannine Amber. Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2017. Print.
Wurmbrand, Richard. Tortured for Christ. Nashville, Magdalene Press, 2015. Print.
Yang, Kao Kalia. The Song Poet: A Memoir of my Father. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2016. Print.
FICTION LITERARY SOURCES
Brierley, Saroo. Lion. New York: Berkley, 2013. Print.
De Rosnay, Tatiana. Sarah’s Key. New York: St. Martin’s Press. 2007. Print.
Hannah, Kristin. The Nightingale. New York: St. Martin’s Press. 2017. Print.
Jenoff, Pam. The Orphan's Tale. Ontario, Canada. Harlequin MIRA, 2017. Print.
Kelly, Martha Hall. Lilac Girls. Large Print Press, A Part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2017. Print.
Monk Kidd, Sue. The Secret Life of Bees. New York: Penguin Putnam Inc., 2002. Print
Schroff, Laura & Tresniowski, Alex. An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny. New York: Howard Books, 2011. Print.
Stockett, Kathryn. The Help. New York: Berkley Books. 2009. Print.
Whitehead, Colson. The Underground Railroad. New York: Doubleday, a division of Penguin Random House LLC., 2016. Print.
CHOOSE YOUR OWN SELECTION:
Search online using the phrase “books on overcoming adversity”
USE THE LINKS FROM GOOGLE, GOODREADS, OR AMAZON TO FIND YOUR CHOICE
ABC News.com. Good Morning America. (2013, February) True Stories of Overcoming Adversity. [Video file]. Retrieved from: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=famous+examples+of+overcoming+adversity&&view=detail&mid=A9F78DA7E3CEC966977CA9F78DA7E3CEC966977C&FORM=VRDGAR
Hanson, Rick. (2013, November) Dr. Rick Hanson: Hardwiring Happiness. [Video File] Retrieved from:
Hanson, Rick (2010, June). Rich Hanson: Buddha Brain. [Video File] Retrieved from:
Ingleby, Kim. (2015, December) Embracing Adversity- My Brain and I, Kim Ingleby. [Video file]. Retrieved from:
Kavanagh, Jack. (2014, November) Jack Kavanagh: Fearless like a child – overcoming adversity. [Video File] Retrieved from:
Mullins, Aimee. ( 2009, October) Aimee Mullins: The Opportunity of Adversity. [ Video file]. Retrieved from:
Solomon, Andrew. (2014, May) Andrew Solomon: How The Worst Moments In Our Lives Make Us Who We Are. [Video file]. Retrieved from:
Stenberg, Gregg. (2015, August) Dr. Gregg Steinberg: Super – Resilience – How to Fall Up. [Video File] Retrieved from: https://youtu.be/WKLy71DO6CQ
Stephenson, Sean. (2014, June) Sean, Stephenson: The prison of your mind. [Video File] Retrieved from:
World Science Festival (2014, October) How We Bounce Back. The New Science of Human Resilience. [Video File] Retrieved from:
Ziglar, Zig. (2015, April) Zig Ziglar Motivation: “How to Get What You Want”. [Video File] Retrieved from:
The Top 50 Most Inspirational Movies: http://www.planetofsuccess.com/blog/2016/top-inspirational-movies/
25 Inspirational Movies: http://sourcesofinsight.com/25-inspirational-movies/
14 Movies about Remarkable People Who Defied the Odds: https://www.moviefone.com/photos/14-amazing-movies-about-remarkable-poeple-who-defied-the-odds/
Movies that Lift You Up: http://www.refinery29.com/2017/01/136295/best-inspirational-movies
Top 10 Overcoming the Odds Films: http://www.entertainmentfuse.com/top-10-overcoming-the-odds-films/