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April 2017

CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENTS AFFECT HOW CHILDREN LEARN?

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What if your child got an A instead of a C in Math, simply by changing the classroom environment? A paper from the University of Salford, published in the journal Building and Environment, has found that classroom design could have a 25% impact, positive or negative, on a student’s progress over the course of an academic year. This study was conducted over the 2011/2012 academic year and involved 751 students in 34 primary classrooms in Blackpool, England. Student performance levels going into and at the end of the school year were ranked, in collaboration with the architecture firm Nightingale Associates, on a scale of 1 to 5 against ten different design parameters. The most [...]

Resilience after Unimaginable Loss

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Sheryl Sandberg is synonymous with Facebook, and Silicon Valley success, and she’s the voice of Lean In. She joins us, frank and vulnerable, together with the psychologist Adam Grant. His friendship – and his research on resilience – helped her survive the shocking death of her husband while on vacation. They share what they’ve learned about planting deep resilience in ourselves and our children, and even reclaiming joy. There is so much learning here, on facing the unimaginable when it arrives in our lives and being more practically caring towards the losses woven into lives all around us. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode [...]

Scandinavia’s No Shoes in Classroom Policy Improves Behavior and Grades

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Have you ever noticed how not having your shoes on causes you to act differently? For decades in northern Europe, children have left their shoes at the school door due to snow, ice, or slush. And then something interesting started happening. They behaved noticeably more calmly, they were more focused than their peers with shoes on, they acted more kindly to their classmates, and schools reaped the benefits of reduced cleaning bills and wear-and-tear on furniture. Now academics are calling on teachers in the UK to apply similar “shoeless techniques” to give children the best possible chance of performing in their exams. Imagine that! Experts are claiming that having children with no [...]

Growing a Professional Athlete into Adulthood

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This is an exclusive interruption  We are super excited to bring to you our interview below with Diane Henderson, mom of a budding athlete Joshua Allan Ho. What sport were you good at as a child but no longer play or participate in. What happened? Did teenage-hood take over and you got distracted? Was it just a passing phase? Was it an injury that stopped you dead in our tracks? Was it taking away from school-work and your parents stepped in and took sport away? The reality is most of us probably would have never make it as a professional athlete but then again…how would we know if we never made the effort? Even today, pay attention to how we dissuade youngsters who say they want [...]

Why Leaders Eat Last

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In this in-depth talk, ethnographer and leadership expert Simon Sinek reveals the hidden dynamics that inspire leadership and trust. In biological terms, leaders get the first pick of food and other spoils, but at a cost. When danger is present, the group expects the leader to mitigate all threats even at the expense of their personal well-being. Understanding this deep-seated expectation is the key difference between someone who is just an “authority” versus a true “leader.”

Right side of the brain school report card?

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Accountancy firm Ernst and Young in 2015 removed degree classification from the entry criteria for its hiring programmes. They found “no evidence” that success at university was correlated with achievement at the workplace. Laszlo Bock, Google’s former Senior Vice-President of People Operations for the last decade, has said that while good grades don’t hurt, they’re “worthless as a criteria for hiring.” He said that hirers should be “less concerned about grades and transcripts and more interested in how you think.? Both companies, and many more who have followed their lead, are saying loud and clear to educators “your education model [...]

Is the Philippine’s model of mandatory values education in schools the solution?

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This is an exclusive interruption  We had the honor on meeting also last month Francis Jim Tuscano, nominated as one of the top 50 teachers for the Globe; Teachers Prize in Dubai. He stood out immediately and we got curious when he announced that he was a values teachers which was very typical in local Filippo schools. The following is our interview with him about values education in the Philippines. How long ago was the values curriculum designed and how often is it update , if at all , to deal with the challenges facing youth today? The values education was added as a separate subject in the Philippine education curriculum under the Values Education Framework program of Dr. Lourdes [...]

Home Schooling Part 4 -Hackschooling

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In February 2013, Logan LaPlante delivered a TedX talk that changed his world. Just 13 years old at the time, Logan’s speech, “Hackschooling Makes Me Happy,” explored his homeschooling experience, focusing on the importance of happiness during the learning process. For the uninitiated, hackschooling—a term Logan coined because he didn’t like the reactions he got when he told people he was homeschooled—is a dynamic student-centric learning mindset. “I don’t use any one particular curriculum, and I’m not dedicated to any one particular approach. I hack my education,” Logan says in the talk. It was just a school project that Logan thought might get 1,000 views tops—and he dressed [...]

A rural Indian School setting the standard for education globally

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One of the most interesting talking points that came out of the Global Teacher Prize and Global Education and Skills Forum 2017 (GESF) held in Dubai, UAE, last month, was that education – the way we know it and has come to be – is massively broken. Instead of a collective pat on the back for the world’s teachers, school principals, education ministers and everyone else involved, this was a time of reckoning. The overwhelming message is that we need to teach our kids to be more inclusive. Only then will they have even the slightest chance of succeeding in the redefined world we live in and become true global citizens. Surprisingly, the clarion call came from Andreas Schleicher, director [...]

Homeschooling Part 3- A Teenage Daughter

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This is an exclusive interruption  We continue our home-schooling series with the story of another set of amazing parents taking education into their own hands as the best option for their child. As the first set of youths in our home-schooling feature, I also had the distinct pleasure of meeting this home-schooled young lady at one of our Business Bootcamp for youths in January 2017. To be honest, she stood out. She was super confident in what she wanted to do as a business, she displayed incredible poise and she had mad confidence. The younger females latched on to her immediately. There was nothing about her that would have suggested to me or any of the other youths attending [...]