Preparing for futures unknown

November 6, 2019 0

Preparing for futures unknown “Knowledge is changing so fast that we cannot give young people what they will need to know because we do not know what it will be” Guy Claxton. This, by now, well-known quote in many ways sums up the challenges faced by education today. From a personal point of view, it […]

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A New Year’s Message to Inspire

January 9, 2019 0

A New Year’s Message to Inspire This week I received the new year’s message from Avaaz, an organisation I support and greatly admire. Their message could have come straight out of Values and Visions. Ricken Patel says, “Powerful forces are moving in our world. It feels like much is waiting to be born, both great […]

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Building community in your classroom

September 15, 2018 0

Building community in your classroom It was the first advisory of the year: Forty minutes to spend with the group of grade 7s (year 8s) I would see every morning for registration. I wanted us to bond as a class, feel part of a team; in short, become a community. In Values and Visions we […]

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Potatoes and Plates: An Affirming Start to the New Year

September 1, 2018 0

Potatoes and Plates: An Affirming Start to the New School Year We all want to know our new students’ names and have creative ways of doing this. My favourite, however, is a classic Values and Visions activity (from our section on SELF). I have been using it for years and find the students love it. […]

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Walk the corridor in their shoes

August 19, 2018 0

Walk the corridor in their shoes Back-to-school for teachers generally means getting back into gear, checking your timetable, preparing your classroom and first-day-handouts, organising the first week’s lessons, reminding yourself why you are doing the job and making a fresh start. But what does it mean for students? Back-to-school for students means a return to […]

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Will robots take over from humans?

July 29, 2018 0

Will robots take over from humans?   No, they will not, according to a fascinating BBC Radio 4 programme I heard last week. In How Do Our Kids Beat the Robots? Sathnam Sanghera explored the idea that technological developments are happening so fast that we cannot possibly teach students all they need to know to tackle […]

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A Man Who Embodied Values and Visions

July 2, 2018 0

Last week I had the pleasure of seeing the newly released documentary – “Won’t you be my Neighbour?” highlighting the life of the remarkable Fred Rogers. Growing up in the U.K., I had not been exposed to his long-running children’s TV programme and was slightly confused at first. However, I was soon drawn in by […]

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Don’t just poop and leave!

June 20, 2018 0

When we first started supporting the Loibor Siret School community in remote northern Tanzania in 2012, we were the generous visitors from a much more fortunate school coming to help for a few days, then moving on. However, that is not what our relationship has become. Loibor Siret and ABA – An IB World School […]

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