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Treading on Dreams

This is the second TED talk I have seen by Sir Ken Robinson.  I won’t destroy this brilliant speaker by trying to summarise his points, I will let him speak for himself. Whilst watching Sir Ken I was reminded about one of my early years in the classroom.  I was teaching the 5th Grade at […]

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Congratulations HSFCU!

Hawaii State Federal Credit Union was voted one of the top 10 companies to work for in Hawaii. Yea and Congratulations… what an honor! As schools and organizations take on the goal of transformation it is wonderful to learn of organizations who have gone through the process of change and renewal. Organizational transformation is based on […]

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National tests – Yes, No or Maybe?

I have been toiling away as a blogger for 18 months now, I hope you feel I am starting to understand this new medium.  My decision to begin a blog was to continue a conversation. For 30+ years I have worked across classrooms, schools, districts, education department central offices, chains of stores, multinational conglomerates and […]

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Classroom Lesson for Teaching Respect

Now that I have defined Respect and provided the introduction to a classroom discussion let’s put some rubber to the road and build a lesson plan. When teaching values or character skills to young people you need to remind yourself about the comfort zone.  Every individual has a zone of habits where they are comfortable, […]

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I’m right your wrong!

The most effective Classroom Teachers have cracked the unspoken code of the human condition. This competitive code is – Right Vs Wrong and by the way I’m always RIGHT! As a classroom teacher it is very easy for conflict to arise with students. See if you recognize any of the following scenario: A student disagrees […]

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Great E-Learning Tool!

I was recently reading Jane’s eLearning Pick of the Day blog and she highlighted a hot e-learning tool for the classroom, Sketchpad.  It got me thinking about how to use computers with the development of emotional and social literacy in our students. I wanted to explictly demonstrate how you can use technology to increase social […]

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If IQ Wasn’t the Determining Factor

Here is the question for today – If IQ is the determining factor to success as governments around the world keep telling us with their standardised tests, then why are the senior corporate ranks around the world dominated by men? Study after study of education systems show us that girls perform better than boys.  The […]

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Transforming Education

Tom Peters wrote a post that led to an article in the New York Times on making college more relevant.  The article details 10 new degrees that are being offered at University level, none of which existed three or even two years ago. Some of these new degrees were: Learning to Listen – Narrative medicine […]

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When Fast is Slow

Leadership is about using your head, feeling with your heart and connecting with your team. If you want to build a sustainable organization resilient enough to meet the challenges of change in a timely manner, you have to develop your SQ competencies. Fast is slow when: A team member has an idea and you’re in too much of […]

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Theory to Reality

I have advocated for a long time that we can teach students Emotional and Social Literacy skills.  At Farrington High School on Hawaii I actually did an activity with some students teaching them about perseverance when working towards long term goals. The Grid is my classroom activity to have students experience the challenges inherent in […]

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