What Stanfield Is Reading & Watching: Back to School 2015 Inspiration: 8-Year-Old Boy with Cerebral Palsy Finishes Triathalon

Talk about resilience and strength! Bailey Matthews, an 8-year-old with cerebral palsy, finished a 100-meter lake swim, a 4k bike ride and a 1.3k run before leaving his walker behind and crossing the finish line as the crowd enthusiastically cheered him on.

“You can see his little face when he came round and saw everyone; that was his way of finishing in style and showing everyone what he could do,” the boy’s mother, Julie Hardcastle, told The Yorkshire Post. “It was the response from the crowd that pushed him to do that.”

Bailey’s father Jonathan Matthews used to train for his triathlons by pushing his son in a wheelchair during weekly races. Bailey was inspired by his dad’s training and was determined to overcome his physical challenges and complete the triathlon. “He doesn’t see himself as different to anyone else,” his mother said. “We have always tried to make sure that if there is something he wants to do, there is no such word as ‘can’t.'”




They Have Never Licked a Postage Stamp!

That’s just one example of the generational differences between teachers and their high school students. But did you know just how many cultural differences exist?

Beloit College’s annual “mindset list” aims to use these factoids to explain to teachers which references may no longer resonate with the newest crop of students. Although the list was created for college educators, the cultural references apply to all high school students.

A few of the 50 facts about the class of 2019 include:

  • Google has always been there, in its founding words, “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible.”
  • Color photos have always adorned the front page of The New York Times.
  • Their parents have gone from encouraging them to use the Internet to begging them to get off it.
  • They have avidly joined Harry Potter, Ron, and Hermione as they built their reading skills through all seven volumes.
  • The Lion King has always been on Broadway.
  • Mr. Jones and Mr. Smith have always been Men in Black, not their next-door neighbors.
  • and more!

Co-author of the list, Tom McBride, says that he and his fellow authors spent roughly six months curating these eclectic facts. He says, “You don’t want to get hardening of the references. You don’t want to go to your old yellow notes and draw out all these Watergate analogies without thinking that you have to explain them.”

What are some references you’ve made that left your students staring in confusion?

Source: NPR, For Incoming Freshman, Which Cultural Touchstones are Out of Touch


Motivational Monday

Don’t worry—be happy! Chester shares this inspirational post to remind you to use your imagination to create something amazing instead of using it to worry. Go out there and seize the day!



“If you can’t comment anything nice, don’t comment anything at all”

The generational gaps for technology are often a great source of humor. Kids today would hardly recognize some of the older tech relics—think giant cell phones! Here’s a cartoon of some kids “playing YouTube,” because that’s the only thing that big box could resemble, right?

Artist: Emily Flake
Source: The New Yorker



 “Why Thinking You’re Ugly is Bad For You”

Low body confidence, low image confidence. These things hold us back from experiencing our full potential, and can even hinder social development. Watch this talk from Meaghan Ramsey of the Dove Self-Esteem Project to explore the ways in which we can help young kids, teens, and adults talk about appearance and move toward positive image.

Source: TED Talks



Motivational Monday

Here’s something to kickstart your Monday! Chester shares this bit of inspiration as a reminder to get up & get going.


Sugar-free, gluten-free, whole-grain, vegan muffin vs. those Yellow #5 Doritos

The kids are back in school, and that means trying to pack healthy lunches that won’t return home uneaten. That’s why we got a giggle out of today’s Just for Laughs cartoon!

By: Kaamran Hafeez
Source: The New Yorker. Read the full article here!


Playgrounds for Everyone, there’s an app for that!

Playgrounds should be for everyone! Sadly, children with disabilities often enjoy less outdoor playtime and often it is due to a lack of accessible play areas. Why is play so important? As many studies show, playtime is essential for all children and teens, regardless of their special needs. It helps them improve social & emotional skills and much more! That’s why we think this is such a great idea! It is a community-edited guide to accessible playgrounds. We hope you share and enjoy! Source: NPR. Access the app HERE! Read more here.



A Back-to-School Poem

Here’s a little back-to-school poem for your enjoyment. We hope it brings your some “LAUGH OUT LOUD” laughs. Source: The New Yorker Read full article here!


Hobbies & Happiness, Do They Correlate?

Soccer, Photography, Gymnastics, Gardening, Golfing, Fishing, you name it! Hobbies are endless and differ amongst people. A hobby is an activity that is done just for fun, it’s enjoyable and not part of one’s job. It’s strictly for pleasure & relaxation. That said, it makes sense that hobbies would lead to increased happiness.

Now there’s scientific research to back that up. Studies show that engaging in physical leisure activities (such as sports) make people happier and help us age better. Participating in activities that are meaningful and pleasurable (such as scrapbooking or gardening) help you feel energized and connected to the world. However, it’s important to remember that not all hobbies are equal. Binge watching Netflix or playing videogames until 4AM are very different than sports to gardening (some may even argue that those aren’t real hobbies). These kind of “hobbies” can be harmful to your health. To find out more, click here! Source: Wall Street Journal


Motivational Monday

Chester shares some wise words with us on today’s edition of Motivational Monday! Remember that struggles & hardships strengthen our skills set.

The Stanfield Way

The child who is ‘left behind’ most is the one who leaves school without transition readiness.

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Using Humor to Teach Social Skills

Humor = Retention

We believe you learn best when you laugh. By making the classroom experience more comfortable and enjoyable, humor can make teaching and learning more effective, especially for the K12 segment. At Stanfield, we use humor as an integral part of our curricula.

If you as a speaker don’t help your audience to remember your lessons, then you’re wasting everyone’s time. Humor… can help accomplish that needed retention…

Gean Perret, Screenwriter
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