Alise’s Blog

New Model For Early Learning

Posted by:Alise on 9.10.19

Considering that they’re programmed to learn, why are we surprised when children do what comes naturally? Why do we consistently think it’s beyond their ability to pick up certain concepts, skills, and practices? I think part of the problem is that our current educational model wrongly assumes babies and young children have limited learning capacities...

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Babies: Empty Vessels or Learning Machines?

Posted by:Alise on 9.8.19

Babies are born completely unskilled and dependent. They can’t speak or understand language. They are nearsighted, able to see only see shapes, light, and motion. They can’t even support their own heads. It’s a long row to hoe for them to acquire the huge volume of physical and mental skills and knowledge that we adults use automatically every day. Compared to a fawn, for example, that can stand up within minutes of birth, human newborns are incredibly helpless...

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A Human Experiment

Posted by:Alise on 8.28.19

Life is busy for everyone. We as parents run from one crazy activity to another despite the full-time jobs we may have and (signs) family, friends and life. Growing up, summer was a time that I “played.” I played with my friends and cousins. It was a time to refresh. As a parent I noticed...

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Trips to Chicago

Posted by:Alise on 6.19.19

Opening a center in Chicago never seemed like the best idea. However, I was convinced after numerous asks and understood it would be “turnkey.” It wasn’t turnkey at all and I am over that. But, I do have some pretty crazy adventures in my trips to Chicago so far. I reflected on the fact that in 2018 I spent 12 weeks there. 12 weeks! That is a whole quarter. No wonder I can still smell the popcorn in the O’hare airport.

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Traditional Marriage

Posted by:Alise on 6.14.19

I remember dreaming of my Prince Charming to come marry me. I dreamed of a fairy tale just like Disney depicts in their movies. In short, things didn’t go as planned. Recently I was talking to a few couples and we were talking about roles in marriages...

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My Life Before Children

Posted by:Alise on 5.21.19

Once upon a time, I didn’t have children and life was very different. I never planned things because I was someone free to do whatever, whenever I wanted to. Outside of my work obligations, I could do literally whatever. By no means does that mean I liked it better than what I have now; children bring a different side of life and I dearly love my children.

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Inclusion

Posted by:Alise on 5.21.19

Even the Dali Lama has noted that Humans find happiness in social relationships. I feel like I have found this to be more and more true each day. Growing up, I don’t remember having a lot of girlfriends and when I was in college I had a few close girlfriends and even a few close guy friends. Both sets of friends were a strong social foundation for me.

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Accidental Success

Posted by:Alise on 5.21.19

I always wanted to be a Doctor. Since I was little. After my first year at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, I decided I didn’t want to put in the effort to be a Doctor. I nearly failed all of my premed sequence classes and transferred to the College of St Scholastica and took the path of Exercise Physiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation.

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