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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]