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March 2017

Video- The Future of Learning

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The Future of Learning looks at the potential to redefine how we learn and educate. Watch as world renowned experts and educators talk about the potential to shift away from traditional methods of learning based on memorization and repetition to more holistic approaches that focus on individual students’ needs and self expression.

Homeschooling Part 1 – A Muslim Mother’s Story

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I was in Tobago earlier this year. On a riding adventure at Healing with Horses, I was accompanied by three beautiful home-schooled children. The eldest girl wore her  hijab swim-wear confident and brave. Her younger brother was the most calm, collected young man I have seen in a while.  And their smallest sibling held her own controlling her horse with stern  ‘Walk on” commands whenever he lagged behind. I was fascinated by these children. Veronica, our host at Healing with Horses shared with me they came riding three days a week as part of their schooling.  I was fascinated. This has now led me on a Home-Schooling adventure which I will share with you in the next couple of [...]

Debate Competition encouraging Divergent Thinking

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Founded in 2006, World Scholars Cup is a non-profit organisation providing an opportunity for middle and high school students around the world to organize to discuss and debate on high profile, avant-gardist topics derived from a yearly theme. At the 2017 World Scholars Cup, students presented passionate views on wireless electricity, the Moai statues of Rapa Nui, Pablo Neruda’s Ode to an Artichoke poem, Ragnarok, Gerald Laing’s “Convertible” and Predictive Modelling.  Each subject content is systematically presented to ensure alignment in discussion/debate panels, but with many alternatives for student to choose their approach angle, still leaving room for creativity [...]

The 21st Century Student Scorecard

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  The challenge of designing curricula to prepare students for an unpredictable future is compounded by the even-greater challenge of evaluating their readiness for it. Added to this is the fact that we really do not know what it means when we say we are preparing students 21st century skills ready. We have no idea what skills we will need 5 years from now so trying to predict the skills need for the entire 21st century (January 1, 2001, and will end on December 31, 2100)  is not possible. Yet we must recognize the educational shifts highlighting the importance of 21st century skills, the ones we know today that are needed, as a mean in assessment design. Education policy makers [...]

Podcast-Predicting the Future

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  TED speakers make some bold predictions and explain how our future lives might look. Technology leader Nicholas Negroponte looks back on predictions he made in 1984, with surprising accuracy. Tissue engineer Nina Tandon says in the future, we’ll be able to grow replacement organs. Entrepreneur Richard Resnick says faster genome sequencing will revolutionize how we treat disease. Global security consultant Marc Goodman explains how advancing technology will change how we fight crime. GPS expert Todd Humphreys forecasts the future of geo-locators and how it will change our notions of privacy. Sebastian Thrun says we will see more driverless cars on the road in the next decade, and [...]

Homeschooling Part 2: The on-line school movement

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Throughout the GCC, an increasing number of parents are opting for a home-schooling education model for their children. The reasons behind such a far-reaching decision are: the low teacher-to-student ratio appealing for students with learning difficulties special needs gifted students traveling/adventurer families parents finding traditional curricula too rigid in its academic skills-focused approach, timing flexibilities for young professional athletes/entertainers etc. the freedom for children to explore and develop life skills at their own pace the increasing “brick and mortar” school fees The claim by parents that current traditional curricula is not for every child for [...]

The Wisdom of the Marshmallow Challenge

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The Marshmallow Challenge is an absolutely fabulous fun activity for both kids and adults to teach all kinds of skills. Our favorite is using it to teach: Team dynamics and communication Prototyping Creativity and Innovation The Road to Success being full of failures Pivoting and Iterating through observation Releasing outcomes and enjoying the journey The gallery above is our Foundation doing the challenge in various parts of the world as part of our leadership lessons with both adults and kids. I promise you every single time we do it we all have a blast. Please share your photos with us and the nuggets of wisdom you discover with the challenge at info@growingleadersfoundation.com. [...]

UBER-izing Education…the next big thing?

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Originally published by the Varkey Foundation.  How many cars and buses are daily moving kids back and forth to concrete basecamps? How much of a parent’s focus and presence at work is interrupted by the movement of their children to and from school? Would you agree that schools are not sending us back happy well balance children equipped with character related, real-life and academic skills which the positive education movement advocates are needed? Interrupting traditional education is on every hacker’s mind. Elon Musk created AD Astra. James Cameron wife created the Muse School. My Growing Leaders Foundation has been offering schools in Dubai and Trinidad and Tobago leadership, soft [...]