The use of design thinking by educators across the board is influencing Education in two very distinct ways; students are becoming shapers of knowledge rather than simple receivers of knowledge, and they are also learning to apply design thinking to their everyday lives! An example of the former method, wherein students are looked upon as active stakeholders of their own education, is of Michael Schurr, a primary teacher from New York. When Michael realized that he had never taken the input of his students with respect to making the class environment more comfortable, he took the time to speak to his students directly. A simple yet powerful feedback that he received was to lower the [...]
That’s right! In one of Australia’s most disadvantaged urban areas, a teacher (Kieran Nolan, a former network engineer) is the driving force behind Wooranna Park’s grade school students now learning the basics of blockchain technology. As an agent of change, Kieran is bringing about a vital digital revolution in the way that education mechanisms are viewed and approached. What the heck is Blockchain anyway? Blockchain may be this century’s most significant innovation yet. A blockchain is simply a distributed database everyone can access. It maintains a list of ordered records, called blocks. Each block has a timestamp and a link to a previous block. While the foundational [...]
Have you ever wished for something out there to make teacher planning a whole lot easier? Are you tired of having to keep up with the paper work of planning your lessons? Well teachers, once again, the world of technology is at your rescue! Psstt, it’s in a form of an application! Yes, using apps for ease makes sense as in today’s world as many classrooms are now moving into the technology world and research does suggest that technology tools positively transforms the teaching and learning experience for teachers and students, respectively! These productivity tools are a game changer for teachers and educators around the world. Using apps for lesson planning helps you stay [...]
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…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.
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.
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, [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]