Life Coaching Education From Surprising Places

Life Coaching Education Is All Around Us

Life coaching education comes to us when we listen for it. It’s in the theater, movies, on the radio and television, even, as I recently discovered, at the opera. Granted, these snippets of coaching are not generally life changing like on-going coaching is, however they are educational and a spring-board of information that can be inspiring, thought provoking, and worth of your processing time.

In the last couple of weeks, various life coaching education lessons have caught my attention, and I would like to share them with you now.

Accountability Coaching from Opera

Recently, the Los Angeles Opera presented Wagner’s Ring Cycle-an epic mythology of gods, dwarfs, heroes and men. In the story, Wotan, the king of all gods, has established and agreed to follow the rules of conduct, including the sacredness of marriage and absolute conformity to his commands. When he later wants to take exception to the rules to satisfy his own selfish purposes, his wife offers him some very useful accountability coaching.

Exploring Science on an Educational Trip to London

London has a rich history that dates back to the Roman settlements in 43 A.D. Since then it has been an epicentre for the arts, education, entertainment, commerce and the sciences. Over the centuries, as a leading city, London developed as a hub and it is no wonder that many of the scientific achievements and important names – such as Sir Isaac Newton, Alexander Fleming, Elias Ashmole (founder of Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum), Joseph Lister and Charles Darwin – all called the city home at some point.

If you visit London on an educational trip to explore the scientific elements of the city, you can visit the places where these (and many other) famous scientists lived and worked. But taking time out to see the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum in London is the best way to explore the scientific history of the city [and country] while visiting on an educational trip.

Natural History Museum

As one of the three large museums that face onto Cromwell Road, you cannot miss the stunning and imposing architecture of the Natural History Museum as you draw near. The founding collection for the museum was that which belonged to Sir Hans Sloane, whose significant artworks were purchased by the British government in the 18th century. The early collection was housed in Montegue House, until the current building was built by Alfred Waterhouse [in a Romanesque style]. The building was completed in 1880 and today is home to some 70 million items housed within the five main collections.

A visit to the Natural History Museum can easily take days, but on an educational trip time may be limited. By narrowing it down to the collections of Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology and Zoology, you will have a better chance to see and study the things that interest your group the most. Without a doubt, the most famous exhibitions at the museum are of the dinosaur skeletons and casts, which sit nicely within the cathedral-like, ornate architecture. Particularly memorable is the large cast of the Diplodocus, which dominates the main hall.

The Science Museum

If you have had time to peruse the massive collection at the Natural History Museum and are still eager to make the most of the scientific element on an educational trip to London, head over to the Science Museum, located very near to the Natural History Museum.

Founded in 1857 by Bennet Woodcroft as a compilation of various other museums and collections, the Science Museum can now boast over 300,000 pieces, many of which are famous in the world of science and beyond. Some of the most important objects the museum holds are the oldest surviving steam locomotive, the first jet engine, a model of Crick and Watson’s DNA strand, a floor of medical history, and documentation of the first typewriter. In addition to the exhibits, the museum has many interactive elements and areas that encourage students to get involved, as well as an IMAX 3D theatre showing documentaries.

Methodology of Art Based Education

Today the field of social and behavioral sciences has lost its true meaning under institutional pressure of tenure and promotion clocks. One can no longer feel the palpable energy or the desire to make a difference and the fearlessness about being innovative. Passion is highly lacking in these areas of education. There are the publish or perish dictates and funding agencies that reward hard science practitioners and thus many academics soon become disenchanted.

The researchers are content is letting themselves do the work they want to do later, and later never arrives so it is very convenient. There are a plethora of traditional methods that are grounded in scientific methodology that suits some and there is no place for art based education. But on the other hand, there are traditional qualitative research methods that create a working space for the others. And there are other methods including the art based education with research conventions that make what once started as passion feel more like a job. The art education researchers are not just discovering new told for they are carving them according to the needs and requirements of the students.

Thus, based on the tools they sculpt a space is opened within the education community where passion and rigor can be boldly expressed out in the open. Some researchers have come close to forming methods of art based education as a way of better addressing research question. While there are other art based education methods that openly merge the scholar aspects with the artist self. Thus holistic and integrated perspectives formed as a result of the merging of arts based project with various research based practices. The turn to creative arts in the field of education forms influence of many methodologies.

Art instructed education and science bear intrinsic similarities in their attempts to highlight the aspect of human condition. Based on exploration, revelation and representation, art based projects and science work towards advancing human understanding. Although the semantics of art related projects has historically separated common thinking about it from scientific enquiry? There is serious investigation regarding the profound relationship between art related instruction and science. There are many books written on cross disciplinary aspects of art related instruction.

In recent decades art instructed practices area set off methodological tools that reused qualitative researchers across the various disciplines during all phases of the process of education. The various art based methods of education draw on literary writing, music, performance, dance, visual art, film and other mediums. Some of the representational forms of art based education include poems, novels, dances, documentaries and songs.

Satellite Television and Education Go Hand in Hand

The introduction of satellite TV led to an explosion in the number and variety of channels being offered to subscribers in comparison to that being offered by the major cable TV companies. From subjects such as news, local events, through to the entertainment channels, the sports channels and the children’s channels, the subscribers were now confronted with a bewildering assortment of viewing options.

One of the fastest growing segments of the range of programs on offer are those channels providing programming of an educational nature, as well as an entertainment nature. These are channels that offer the viewer an opportunity to improve their knowledge about a particular subject and do so in a manner that makes the topics easy to understand and comprehend, and encourages the viewer to further explore the topic.

Subjects that fall within the documentary category are wildlife; geography; war; politics; art; music; biographies; history; crime; and international events. In fact the subject list is as endless as the public’s interest in niche topics.

Irrespective of the subject matter, most of the programs covering any of the above categories have several factors in common. Firstly they are factual; they tell the truth; very little opinion is involved. Secondly the photography is superb; this is particularly so with programs about wildlife and geography. Thirdly the overall production is lavish and of the very highest standard. Fourthly most of the programs are suitable for a family to view together.

Many of the programs are extremely popular the world over and draw praise from teachers and educational experts. In fact such is the public acceptance of these programs as educational resources for school children that many are available on DVD.

The David Attenborough series of programs about natural history produced by the BBC are examples of the very finest programs ever produced. The breath-taking quality of the action photography together with the in-depth commentary ensures that these programs are regarded as educational tools of the highest order.

History programs about a particular country or about a particular period in time provide the viewer with an opportunity to learn about the past and to understand how certain events changes the world or changed the way a society sees itself. With old film footage to add to a viewers comprehension of history, people today are much more aware of what happened in the past and knowledgeable of why these events took place.

Many of the quality educational programs are now available on DVD allowing parents of school children to have these programs available ‘at call’ for viewing when needed.

There are numerous genres of programs available via satellite TV that the public may regard as being educational in nature. However there are just as many that the public may not consider to be in the educational category. Subjects such as cooking, gardening, bringing up children, home decorating – the list is endless. In fact it can be said that almost every program has an educational aspect to it. If it teaches the viewer something he didn’t know before hand then it can be called ‘educational’.

The advent of high definition television (HDTV) now allows many educational programs to be viewed in the very best way. With a vastly improved viewing experience through better reception and superior audio, satellite TV is the best medium for enjoying programs that are exceptional in their photographic content. And with the coming of 3D TV in the not too distant future, signal transmission via a satellite dish will still be a superior proposition to any other form of transmission.