Design Thinking: Help Kids Design Their Future

It’s a familiar problem. You’ve been eyeing up that cute blouse online for a while now, but you can’t decide whether or not to click ‘buy’. You’ve reached the checkout page a couple of times, but you just can’t seem to commit. What if that shade of green makes you look like a humanoid iguana?…
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21st Century Identity: Teens and Personal Branding?

“I didn’t want to just wait. I wanted to do something.” These are the words of 18-year-old Bernie Zak. In April, the high school senior discovered that he will be attending his dream university – University of California, Los Angeles – this coming fall. Bernie set his sights on attending UCLA after taking a campus…
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Girls: Become the CEOs of Tomorrow

India, 2004. Two World Bank economists conduct a social experiment. They observe a group of boys from opposite ends of the socioeconomic spectrum: one half of the group are members of a low rank of India’s hierarchical caste system, the other half born into a high caste.The economists ask the boys to complete a set…
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Teaching Students To Embrace Mistakes

I failed my first year of college. There, I said it. It didn’t even twinge too much to get the words out this time. For several years, however, that fact was shrouded in dark feelings of shame and guilt. I realized early on in my first freshman semester that, partly due to the idiosyncrasies of…
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4 Important Tips for Students Online Safety

“We have learned to be citizens of the world, members of the human community.” I love this quote because it encapsulates the interconnectedness of humankind. Even if the pockets of war and civil unrest that exist today attest that perhaps we’re still getting the hang of this human community thing, we are nonetheless all connected…
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Why Technology Will Never Replace Teachers

The biggest compliment I’ve ever received was from my fourth grade teacher. In a serious, conspiratorial tone, signalling that I should keep this information on the down-low, he told me that when he collected creative writing assignments from the class, he would always put my paper at the bottom of the pile. Why? So that…
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Quiet Kids And Collaborative Learning

When I was 16, my mother had a parent-teacher meeting with my favourite teacher, who taught English – we’ll call her Miss Apple. I held Miss Apple in high esteem and valued her opinion of me. I adored literature and creative writing and I found her quirky take on the curriculum challenging and exhilarating. She…
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Should Entrepreneurship Be Taught At School?

Public speaking. My Achilles heel. Most of the time, I manage (somewhat) successfully to convince the world I am cool, calm, collected, confident, competent… Well, you get the idea. But occasionally, when presented with the prospect of making a professional presentation or delivering a speech, my crippling fear of public speaking conspires to shatter my…
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3 Ways to Foster Students Curiosity

“I love learning, and when I get the opportunity to learn I’m stimulated and I’m happy…Curiosity is my prime mover, not an effect of something that happens to me.” Wouldn’t your heart leap if you heard a 12-year-old describe their love of learning in this way? Sure, it might take an exceptionally articulate 12-year-old to…
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What Is Education For You?

I feel strongly about education. On a personal level, I relish the thrill of learning, that invigorating rush I get when I feel my mind expanding, and I desire others, particularly kids, to experience this too. On a global scale, I feel passionate about education’s ability to effect social change, lifting people out of poverty…
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