Going beyond the perception of others

A short post just say, that the words are incredibly powerful. Choose them without care, and they will trap you and crush your dreams. How would you describe Stephen Hawkings? Someone with a disability? How does Stephen describe himself?  Scientist, Father and Educator and so much more. How Empowering!! The video on his personal journey…

Harry Potters epic fail.

If you have read the Harry Potter books, or read them to your children you will know that good and the truth, triumph over evil and that there is a happy ending for dear Harry. The following video of J.K. Rowling the author of the Harry Potter books, addressing graduates at Harvard University. She speaks…

Let your kids see you struggle – Guest post.

Do your kids love big words…. then why not teach them this one – Neuroplasticity –  it’s important! Look it up, it’s one of the most important words in learning since neuroscience has given us the ability to look inside our brains to see what is happening. This has changed our mindset around learning. We used…

Make failure your friend.

Failure is such a necessary ingredients for success (whatever this term means to you). I am off to see that oh so famous failure – Oprah, who will be visiting Auckland this December. As Edison once said, when someone asked him how he felt about having failed a thousand times at his light bulb invention….

Leveraging your child’s natural ability for divergence.

The Oxford dictionary definition of ‘divergent’ means “tending to be different, or develop ‘different directions’. When looking at optical illusions, we almost need to step back to work out what is going on, and because each of us have our own natural perspectives, naturally we would see different things. On first look, what do you…

Kids taking control of their own learning.

A school principal in Melbourne describes how the students at his school take control of their own learning. An absolutely awesome school by all accounts, well worth the ten minute viewing time. Age is no barrier to what you are capable of. Are you a family who might have a coffee machine at home? If…

Eight ways at once.

How creative can you get with an everyday object? Messi managed ten different uses with a scarf. Messi found this activity but good. I only managed five with a different object.Our plan is to try this activity again 4 weeks from now after completing a variety of other strategies to see if they have an…

How a simple belief could unleash you.

History goes that as Einstein moved through his schooling in Zurich he was  a fairly average kid. At the age of sixteen his parents allowed him to sit the entrance exam which would of allowed him to enter higher education   (2 years ahead of when he was meant to) if he passed. He failed…

So what does trust have to do with it?

Building trust and learning power in young people to survive in the modern environment is not about control. It’s about the relationships that underlies the teaching dynamic. This really interesting article explores why trust is a crucial ingredient in shaping independent learners which highlights the importance of how trust is fundamental in helping young people…

Fit in or stand out.

The following piece of writing is from one of my favourite authors – Seth Godin. ” There are countless people waiting to tell you how to fit in, waiting to correct you, advise you, show you what you are doing wrong. And no one is pushing you to stand out…. it’s clear to me that…

The power in knowing who you are.

A great example of what a grounding, belief and conviction in knowing who you are, the values that you stand for can achieve. Powerful stuff!