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Key thinking skills and how to develop them

Key thinking skills and how to develop them

Written by on March 26, 2015 in Learning, Young People with 0 Comments

I often joke that I memorised beforehand all the essays I ended up having to write for my HSC exam. As a result, I got a great HSC score. Although this was definitely a testament to my ability to remember word for word pages and pages of content, it definitely didn’t speak to the quality […]

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Teen brains and sugar consumption

Teen brains and sugar consumption

Written by on March 11, 2015 in Wellness, Young People with 1 Comment

We already know that a large portion of Australian teenagers – some studies suggest the figure is as high as one in four – are overweight. Lack of exercise and poor dietary habits are to blame. Yet it’s not easy convincing adolescents to eat less junk food and spend more time at the gym. Even […]

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Engaging kids today

Engaging kids today

Written by on February 23, 2015 in Happiness, Learning, Young People with 0 Comments

The great thing about our conferences is that whenever we invite teachers to speak, they’re always so upbeat and enthusiastic about the potential of young people, and the wonderful possibilities inherent in their education. Having known some disgruntled teachers in my time, it’s refreshing to discover there are still many educators out there who care […]

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How can we teach ethics?

How can we teach ethics?

Written by on February 9, 2015 in Learning, Young People with 0 Comments

A positive add-on to the school curriculum are ethics classes, designed to encourage young children to think about ethical issues, those actions and social practices that affect the interests and wellbeing of others. Despite what many people might think, kids as young as four listen and pay attention to the news, are interested in questions […]

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John Marsden: A man of words and vision

John Marsden: A man of words and vision

Written by on January 27, 2015 in Happiness, Learning, Young People with 0 Comments

I have a good friend who teaches at a high school and he tells me some pretty depressing stories about the dysfunction in his workplace. Stressed out and overworked teachers, students with little interest in learning, and a hands-off and conflict averse principal just marking the days until his retirement. It does not sound like […]

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An educational revolution by Guest Blogger Daniel Kilov

An educational revolution by Guest Blogger Daniel Kilov

Written by on January 7, 2015 in Learning, Young People with 0 Comments

In the first part of this three part series, I introduced the Art of Memory, a two and a half thousand year old method for memory training, and discussed its greatest living exponents, the competitors of the World Memory Championships. In addition, I highlighted the three key principles that animate all of the techniques used […]

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Why mindfulness should be taught in schools

Why mindfulness should be taught in schools

Written by on December 9, 2014 in Happiness, Wellness, Young People with 1 Comment

When you consider the many skills we acquire in the classroom from a very young age, everything from reading and writing, not to mention the lessons we learn about behaviour and interacting with each other, and the difference between right and wrong, it makes sense that mindfulness should also be included in the mix of […]

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Seven steps to knowledge, strength and compassion

Seven steps to knowledge, strength and compassion

Written by on November 13, 2014 in Learning, Young People with 0 Comments

As a parent, choosing which school to send your child to is probably one of most important decisions you’ll ever make. These are formative years for your son or daughter and ideally the learning environment you put them in will foster their intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual development. A big ask and often too big […]

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I can change your mind about climate change

I can change your mind about climate change

Written by on November 5, 2014 in Young People with 0 Comments

Not having had kids myself, I don’t have very much to do with young people. And by ‘young’ I mean late teens, early 20s. Certainly I see them everywhere looking radiant and pore-free, and I don’t doubt many of them are already making an impressive contribution to our world be it through their work or […]

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Thinking skills and how to develop them with Prof Helen McGrath at Mind & Its Potential 2014

Thinking skills and how to develop them with Prof Helen McGrath at Mind & Its Potential 2014

Written by on October 28, 2014 in Learning, Young People with 0 Comments

Helen starts off talking about some Harvard researchers who have suggested that thinking dispositions and thinking skills are vital to effective thinking. Among which the most important may be an open minded disposition ie. the ability to ‘question what is’. It is wise to maintain a skeptical disposition and seek good evidence and sound reasoning before being […]

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The power of music with Richard Gill OAM at Mind & Its Potential 2014

The power of music with Richard Gill OAM at Mind & Its Potential 2014

Written by on October 27, 2014 in Happiness, Learning, Wellness, Young People with 0 Comments

  Richard Gill is a renowned and beloved Australian conductor and music educator with 50 years of experience practicing music. In this presentation he discussed the power of music to fire the imagination and empower children to think and learn with creativity. He began by stating that the mind and brain are separate things. When […]

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Magic man

Magic man

Written by on September 24, 2014 in Learning, Work, Young People with 0 Comments

I’m a sucker for magic tricks, even the simplest kind. How did they do that, I marvel? No matter how much I wrack by brain, I can never figure out the secret to their deception. I experience the same feeling of wonder watching this video interview with magician and online entrepreneur Vinh Giang, who will be presenting a […]

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In their words: Professor Helen McGrath & Can excessive parental praise turn good kids into bullies?

In their words: Professor Helen McGrath & Can excessive parental praise turn good kids into bullies?

Written by on September 10, 2014 in Young People with 0 Comments

When most people picture the typical school bully, they think of a kid who is likely to have been bullied themselves. A child with low self-esteem who is trying to make themselves feel better by picking on others. But, in fact, parents who continually and indiscriminately praise their children could be running the risk of […]

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The pressures of parenting

The pressures of parenting

Written by on June 25, 2014 in Happiness, Relationships, Young People with 0 Comments

Recently I went gift shopping for a friend of mine who’d recently given birth. I initially thought I’d buy her a book but then decided against it when I saw how many titles there are to choose from. The majority had ‘how to’ or ‘guide’ emblazoned on the cover and it got me thinking about […]

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