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Is creativity superior to intelligence?

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The answer is YES! Studies have shown that highly creative people are also highly intelligent but highly intelligent people are NOT always creative. This suggests that creativity is a higher form of intelligence. Why is this important? For teachers it is helpful in planning educational programs, curriculums, tests, activities, and classroom setting and for parents knowing this gives you an edge in all aspects of yours and your child’s life. Intelligence is measures by IQ tests and creativity is measured by the lesser known Torrence Test. It is generally held that one’s IQ tends to remain relatively stable over your lifespan. In 1932, the entire population of Scottish 11-year-olds (87, [...]

What Doesn’t Break You Makes You Stronger

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What doesn’t break you makes you stronger…It’s On the Couch with Suzanne Radford and Dr. Thoraiya Kanafani, Clinical Psychologist based at Human Relations Institute and Clinics. Today we explore some of the practices, therapies and tools that people have used to change their lives.

What is Classroom Culture?

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Students don’t remember everything they are taught , but they do remember how their classrooms made them feel. They remember feeling supported to take risks, being comforted when they felt sad, and being lifted up by their peers. This amazing video shows one classroom facilitator who used a simple three prong test to ensure she is budding the classroom culture she intended.

What are the character strengths of a class clown?

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In a study by a University of Zurich psychologist Willibald Ruch nearly 40 years ago, the behaviors, attitudes toward, and personality traits of nearly 100 eighth graders who fit the class clown designation were analyzed. The findings were: high on attention-seeking and unruliness (no surprise), but also high on leadership and cheerfulness ( surprise). However even with these high character traits, class clowns also tended to accomplish less than their non-clown classmates (again no surprise) which could be because of low character scores on prudence, self-regulation, modesty, honesty, fairness, perseverance, and love of learning. Character strengths are sometimes labeled soft skills, [...]

Finland’s Teacher Training Program for Saudis

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We had the distinct pleasure of meeting Ilkka Kurkela from the University of Helsinki (HY+) back in March at the Global Teacher Prize event in Dubai. The University of Helsinki is amongst the 20 best universities in Europe and within the top 100 universities in the world. Ilkka is the head of Customized Education Programs of HY+ which focuses on continuing education. We reached out to him for this interview after reading in the news about the ground-breaking training the University is providing to the country of Saudi Arabia tooling it’s local teachers with Methodologies and skillsets from the very best educators of Finland.  Finland is continuously ranked as having one of the best [...]

Six Ways to be an ‘Original’

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University of Pennsylvania Professor Adam Grant, one of today’s most influential management thinkers, shares the top six takeaways from his book “Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World,” bringing his insights to life through amusing behavioral research and lively audience interaction. Grant explains why middle managers are notorious idea killers, why stress helps some rise to the occasion and how entrepreneurs and organizations can get what they want through unconventional means.

A Maslow inspired Model on how schools can WOW students

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Students are happy when they are wowed i.e. astonished, impressed or excited. Sadly most schools, even if full (and let’s face it there is a real shortage of schools as the population continues to grow at compound rates) , fall short. However, what if schools started thinking of their students as customers and WOWing them? In Chip Conley’s book Peak, inspired by Maslow Heirarchy of Needs, he correctly points out that meeting a customer’s “expectation” is their lowest need not meriting a ‘wow’. A school that provides a safe environment, rated curriculum, trained teachers, opportunities for social student interactions and an environment of learning is just only [...]

Is a Professional Coach a Better Teacher?

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Ever since I got certified as a Co-Active coach I realize that my approach to human interaction has transformed completely. Whether I’m talking to my husband, my students, my kids or my clients I am much more conscious and deliberate about the quality and the intentions behind my communication. The benefits have been enormous, from getting along better with my husband to coaching my kids through their tiny disasters to getting through to my third year university students in a way that their reviews include my class changing their lives. In fact, I realize that having a coaching arsenal in my toolbox is one of the most important skills I’ve ever acquired when it comes to teaching and [...]

How learning to say THANK YOU changes your Child’s Life

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According to Adam M. Grant and Francesco Gino in a series of studies published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (Grant & Gino, 2010) you have a 66% percent chance of receiving more when you say, “Thank you”. In the study 69 participants were asked to provide feedback to a fictitious student called ‘Eric’ on his cover letter for a job application. After sending their feedback through by email, they got a reply from Eric asking for more help with another cover letter. The twist is that half of them got a thankful reply from Eric and the other half a neutral reply. While only 32% of participants receiving, the neutral email helped with the second letter, [...]