Reflections on education and what it means to prepare kids for their world


Learning Revolution

Emotional Intelligence & Technology

During our Art lesson at the Learning Lab yesterday we used the photocopier option on our printer, some paints and paintbrushes.


As we did that, I had a flashback of being in my primary school watching the clerk make copies of our test papers on the cumbersome psyclostyling machine turning the handle round and seeing the machine print our papers.  Times have certainly changed.  I distinctly remember the distinct smell of the ink and paper  smell  in the
and the smile on her face as I hanged around to chat as she did her work.

Machines in schools and in education has changed.  My children Skpye with their friends from another country during break time, watch the BrainPop video for the day  or  a TED Talk and send off their assignments  in PDF format and get thorough feedback within 5 working days.

Though technology  may have changed, the need for Social and Emotional Learning(SEL) is even greater as our world becomes increasingly integrated. The following report based on a global survey by the Boston Consulting Group shines some light onto issues which everyone involved in education needs to consider if we are concerned about preparing kids for their future. Click here

A Brave Teenager speaks up

Its amazing to read about and listen to a teenager speak up about she thinks about what is missing in schools in her context.

As parents and educators we need to actively collaborate and participate in this growing concern about the state of education as we know it today.

Perhaps its time to recalibrate.

Appreciating Mistakes

I often tell my kids its ok to make mistakes during homeschooling lessons. My immediate reaction after reading this article, was that it was time I work on helping them distinguish the different types of mistakes as they get older.

Taking one further step back has made me realise I need to ‘frame’ my childrens’ ‘mistakes’ so as make sure I react positively. I suppose I have just had an ‘Aha’ moment.

Sean Follmer: Shape-shifting tech will change work as we know it

Check out this amazing TEDTalk:

Sean Follmer: Shape-shifting tech will change work as we know it

We listened to this at The Learning Lab and had a wonderful discussion about what the school of the future would look like.

Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!

Check out this amazing TEDTalk:

Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!

I listened to this talk a few years ago. It influenced my thoughts on what learning should include. It’s wonderful to have thinkers like Ken Robinson who challenges the norm.

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