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The Popularity Contest

Every school and every class has students who stand out – not for being the smartest – but for being the ones everyone else wants to be like.  The popular people! What sets one student apart as ‘popular’? The answer is usually self-confidence and that leads to becoming a bit of a [...]Read more

Teaching children to think big

Children start young with big aspirations.  They don’t start off seeing any career as a tough nut to crack – they dream big and don’t see any reason why they shouldn’t become anything from an astronaut to a zoologist. As they get older they respond to being told ‘you’ll have to [...]Read more

The art of creativity

If you’re from a certain generation you’ll have heard about Edward De Bono and the concept of lateral thinking.  Some people call it creative thinking, some people describe it as right brain activity – but whatever you call it, being able to think creatively is a life skill every [...]Read more

Starting them young

Life seems to move faster and faster, work-life balance is constantly challenging and stress is now something we expect to suffer from on a daily basis – not just a very occasional issue. We look back at our schooldays and wish we could go back to when all we had to do was play [...]Read more

The happiest days of your life

A recent survey of parents revealed that the number one concern they have was their children’s academic performance.  They wanted to ensure their children were doing well, achieving good grades and setting themselves up for success in their future careers. All good stuff – but [...]Read more

Developing a love of language

Kids invent new words – and new uses for existing words – confusing their parents and older family members.  Anyone who has seen Gran’s reaction to their favourite grandchild describing something as ‘sick’ – and their confusion – will know what we’re talking about here. It’s not [...]Read more

Collaboration or cheating?

In today’s world of social media, What’sApp, Skype and many more means of communication, children tend to be much more collaborative about how they learn.  It’s not unusual to find your child online talking to their friends about the current homework assignment and sharing their [...]Read more

Why do kids skip going to school?

Students miss school for a wide range of reasons, but a study by the Johns Hopkins University pinpointed three broad categories. The first category identified is because of circumstances or obligations: Illness is the first and foremost reason for non-attendance, including [...]Read more

The many faces of a bully

Bullying is no longer confined to the classroom or playground. It can happen anywhere – in or out of school – at any location. It can take place face to face, in a text message, during a phone call or in cyberspace. These types of abuse may have a single label but the catch-all [...]Read more
 

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