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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 [...]

These Two Words can change a 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, [...]

Why were schools started…do you know?

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Very few people know the history of school. Nor do they know the real reason schools were established in the first place. Here’s a short history of schools in the U.S. from the documentary Class Dismissed ClassDismissedMovie.com. Features interviews of John Taylor Gatto, Laurie A. Couture and discusses Horace Mann and Johann Fichte’s influence on today’s public school system and how the Prussian model of education & military findings were instrumental to the origins of school.

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 [...]

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 [...]