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February 2016 Blog Posts (7)

Reflection is not just for mirrors anymore.

Where were you last year? Where are you now? Where do you want to be in a year?

Three questions that can stop you in your tracks.



In September, I present to the students my goals for the year. I look at them periodically throughout the year to see if I'm on track. More times than not, I'm nowhere near them. The rosy glow of September is deceiving; so my original plans don't take into consideration the set backs along the way. While it's a humbling…

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Added by Eileen Lennon on February 28, 2016 at 6:36pm — 1 Comment

Main Rules on Writing Historical Essays

One of the most important assignments all students should do is writing essays. The process of writing includes doing research, analyzing sources,…

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Added by Emily Johnson on February 26, 2016 at 10:31am — No Comments

Transforming Education Through Mobile Learning Technologies

Recent years have seen the growth of advanced E-learning tools unlike the traditional form of classroom training. Present generations are more and more dependent on technologies rather than earlier mode of learning. The smartphones and tablets have taken over. In other words, Mobile learning technology has become more authoritative with ages. We can download wide number of information or learning materials anytime and from anywhere. This involves matter of few minutes. Technology has…

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Added by Mark William on February 23, 2016 at 3:37am — 3 Comments

Thinking differently about school leadership

Pilates for the mind. I’d never thought of what I do as some kind of mind stretching exercise until my hairdresser called it that as she snipped away at my hair the other day.

I’d been paying my usual six weekly visit to get my haircut and we were discussing my latest trip to Brunei, where I work with the School Principals there. I described what I did, and how the programme evolved over the week, and how I challenge the participants to think in different ways, different directions.…

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Added by Joyce Matthews on February 20, 2016 at 2:45am — No Comments

Resilience - nature or nurture?

Resilience is a buzz word which has been used (and abused) for years. Football teams have been described as being resilient. The same word has been used for refugees. Hardly the same word really.

One thing about the word fascinates me though. Can it be taught or is it inherent?

The recent and not so recent research below seems to suggest that it is probably both. Some people just seem to be more resilient to the knocks that life brings and have…

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Added by andy mellor on February 17, 2016 at 7:18am — No Comments

The restricted learning: Low income background students accessing education with single mobile device

The online learning with mobile technology has further revolutionised the education. It has significantly is engaging e-learners predominantly. With internet connectivity and mobile devices accessing affordable UK online distance learning courses are convenient and worthy. But what if one has the limited mobile internet to access the web? Will the learner be able to get all the information? It's obvious that with internet constraints, entry to the valuable online learning resources cannot be…

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Added by Mark William on February 17, 2016 at 3:05am — 2 Comments

4 Apps that helped me lose 40 pounds.

On the one year anniversary of joining the gym, I wanted to celebrate my accomplishment and take a look back at the journey so far. I realize my phone has been the most important tool to my success.

Full disclosure: it wasn't just the apps that helped me lose weight, there was some sweat involved. (Actually lots of sweat. There's no pill to make this happen; if there was Oprah would have invented it. She had to lose weight the hard way and so do…

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Added by Eileen Lennon on February 2, 2016 at 9:11am — 1 Comment

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