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Extract from Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

'It was the mass education systems of the industrial age that began using precise marks on a regular basis.  After both factories and government ministries became accustomed to thinking in the language of numbers, schools followed suit.  They started to gauge the worth of each student according to his or her average mark, whereas the worth of each teacher and…

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Child Development and Learning

The brain can be split up into three parts; Reptilian, Mammalian and Rational. They are built on top of each other and all have completely different roles in our development. REPTILIAN: This is the deepest and most ancient part of the human brain. It has largely been unchanged by evolution and is responsible for activating all instinctual survival-related behaviour e.g.…

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The Stress Response and Learning

Stress Response and Learning The Stress response affects all of us.  As we have evolved throughout the millions of years we have been around it has been essential to our survival. Now, however maybe it is not as useful as it once was.  And how does it affect our learning and development growing up and in schools.  Why do we…

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What do to do if you’re experiencing any trouble with learning?

A young monk approached the abbot. “Master, please help me. My meditation is terrible. I can’t sit still, I can’t concentrate, thoughts of other things distract me all the time. I feel a complete failure.” “Be calm. It will pass.” A month later the young monk once more approached the abbot. “Master, thank you for your wisdom. Now my meditation…

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Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindest

Since I first discovered and read about the differences between growth and fixed mindsets I always try to keep them in mind whilst teaching, working or being with children and indeed adults as well. Carol Dweck pioneered this research into the different mindsets and she believes and her research shows that focusing and encouraging on effort instead of talent is…

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Why Love Matters by Sue Gerherdt

For a complex and sometimes daunting topic ‘Why Love Matters’ presents, in detail, scientific evidence on neuroscience and attachment in an easy to read and understandable way for the reader. Empowering the reader giving them more confidence to tackle this complex topic, relate to and understand certain issues with in relation to the chemical make-up of their brain. Useful for…

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Lafcadio The Lion Who Shot Back by Shel Silverstein

I am bound to recommend a lot of Shel Silverstein books on here as he is one of, if not my favorite children’s story teller.  One of his longer children’s stories and about a lion who stands up to hunters, thinks he loves marshmallows and ventures into the city riding lifts and becoming famous.  It’s written with wonderful humor, adventure,…

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