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Karen Bonanno

Karen Bonanno

Mar 28, 2020 at 23:06 in Australia - Report

Take the family on a virtual trip of a lifetime whilst you're self-isolating. Great to also use if you are a parent currently have your kids learning from home.

Calendar of Virtual Field Trips for Families March, April, May 2020

Calendar of Virtual Field Trips for Families March/April 2020 (Just click on the blue words and then click on the link that appears below the words.) Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 3/23 San Diego Zoo SPRING BREAK FUN 3/24 The Louvre in France - Egyptian Antiquities SPRIN...
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Karen Bonanno

Karen Bonanno posted in mentor circle: Genius School

Mar 25, 2020 at 06:16 in Australia - Report

Kids stuck at home and you are looking for some extra things to do, then check out these virtual author activities. Oprah also there reading 'The Hula-Hoopin' Queen'.

The Big List of Children's Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities

Get reading and writing!
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  • Lisa Addy

    Lisa Addy

    Mar 26, 2020 at 01:10 in 43 Killalea Place, Paraparaumu, New Zealand

    Thank you I have just shared this to my facebook
  • claire davey

    claire davey

    Mar 29, 2020 at 07:59 in Staffordshire, United Kingdom

    this is fab and will be sharing to my facebook and also using for my son in evenings.

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Karen Bonanno

Karen Bonanno

Mar 20, 2020 at 02:52 in Australia - Report

Resources to help keep your kids learning and engaged when your school closes or you choose to keep your kids at home.

Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic | Common Sense Media

Keep kids learning, entertained, and calm during the COVID-19 pandemic. Navigate social distancing and school closures with support from Common Sense Media.
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  • Lisa Addy

    Lisa Addy

    Mar 26, 2020 at 01:10 in 43 Killalea Place, Paraparaumu, New Zealand

    Thankyou I have just shared this with my facebook friends.

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Karen Bonanno

Karen Bonanno posted in mentor circle: Genius School

Mar 12, 2020 at 02:26 in Australia - Report

Did you know Leonardo da Vinci took nearly 16 years to paint the Mona Lisa? 80 to 95 percent of college students engage in procrastination. So what can we do?

3 Reasons Students Procrastinate—and How to Help Them Stop

Psychologists have uncovered reasons why students put off important work. But there are a few simple things teachers can do to keep students on track.
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  • Lance Box

    Lance Box

    Mar 15, 2020 at 06:52 in Australia

    Thanks Karen. This is a very useful article.
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    Chef J. Noah Martin II

    Mar 18, 2020 at 18:31 in Spokane, WA 99201, USA

    Self awareness is great this may help me past my own procrastination.

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Karen Bonanno

Karen Bonanno posted in mentor circle: Genius School

Feb 20, 2020 at 01:43 in Australia - Report

Reading to children has lots of benefits. We should begin reading to infants as soon as possible and continue to provide lots of opportunities for kids to engage in reading for pleasure as much as possible. What is your favourite picture book? One of mine is 'Koala Lou' by Mem Fox.

The Importance of Picture Books

On the benefits of reading to children and even babies.
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Karen Bonanno

Karen Bonanno posted in mentor circle: Genius School

Feb 13, 2020 at 04:16 in Australia - Report

Every parent wants to raise kids with strong character. Grateful, humble, compassionate, brave: We know these strengths lead to improved well-being, better relationships, and sound communities.

Build Character Strengths with Quality Media

How to support kids' character and life-skills development through media -- and parenting. Advice from Common Sense Media editors.
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Karen Bonanno

Karen Bonanno

Feb 6, 2020 at 02:36 in Australia - Report

It's 'Feel Good February' month, so reach out and help a young person doing it tough. Some great resources for young people, parents and schools.

Helping friends

Helping a friend through a tough time can be rewarding, but also sometimes overwhelming.
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Karen Bonanno

Karen Bonanno

Jan 30, 2020 at 03:41 in Australia - Report

In Australia, it is the first week of the school year. Now is a great time to encourage our youngsters to set some goals for 2020 and encourage them to use their natural talents, strengths and capabilities to blitz their school work and study.

A Framework for Student Goal-Setting

When middle and high school students set short- and long-term goals, they can see a path to the success they hope for.
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  • Lance Box

    Lance Box

    Jan 30, 2020 at 10:44 in Australia

    Well said, Karen.

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Karen Bonanno

Karen Bonanno posted in mentor circle: Genius School

Jan 20, 2020 at 23:22 in Australia - Report

This white paper identifies promising models of quality education for the future.

Schools of the Future: Defining New Models of Education for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

“Schools of the Future: Defining New Models of Education for the Fourth Industrial Revolution” outlines a new framework for defining quality education in the new economic and social context and shares key features of 16 schools, systems and programmes pioneering the future of education.
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Lance Box

Lance Box posted in mentor circle: Quality Education

Jan 20, 2020 at 19:33 in Australia - Report

Continuing my quest to uncover the true meaning of the expression 'Quality Education' the article: 5 Lessons We Can Learn From Unschooling (by Jennifer Lachs) is worth considering. These five lessons inform what a quality education might look like.

5 Lessons We Can Learn From Unschooling | InformED

Unschooling can teach us valuable lessons about what students need from us today to prepare them for tomorrow, starting with more personalised learning.
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  • Lance Box

    Lance Box

    Jan 20, 2020 at 19:38 in Australia

    The five lessons are: 1. acquiring the skill of learning how to learn; 2. the imperative of realizing that life and learning are not separate; 3. the importance of facilitating the development of an entrepreneurial mindset; 4. it is critical that parents be a part of the learning process; and 5. unschooling could happen at school, if there was a will to embrace the concept. Very interesting article and worth consideration.
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    Christopher Geel

    Jan 22, 2020 at 17:00 in Somerset West, Cape Town, South Africa

    Thanks for sharing this, Lance! It's quite insightful

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Karen Bonanno

Karen Bonanno posted in mentor circle: Genius School

Jan 15, 2020 at 23:50 in Australia - Report

Gardening with children has so many benefits for their physical and mental health. What a better way to introduce this concept and foster an appreciation for food and integrating it into their playtime.

Grow a Living Playhouse For Your Kids

Let your children watch the walls grow and eat from them while they’re at it!
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Jonathan Magnin

Jonathan Magnin

Jan 14, 2020 at 11:35 in France - Report

Jesper is working online for 20 years and lives in a bus with his family. Great inspiration against offices and the schooling system!

Find Your Ideal Career - Jesper Conrad, Closer in 10

Tired of your job? You know you need to change career, but you’re not sure where to start? Finding your ideal career can be difficult but here we got you cov...

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Karen Bonanno

Karen Bonanno posted in mentor circle: Genius School

Jan 9, 2020 at 05:44 in Australia - Report

A blended learning model allows students to utilise their natural way to learn and to progress through learning tasks at their own pace. Great results here for this school.

A Student-Centered Model of Blended Learning

When educators at a Washington, DC, high school ditched their lectures and devised a self-paced blended learning model, their students thrived.
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Lance Box

Lance Box posted in mentor circle: GeniusU Citizens

Jan 5, 2020 at 02:18 in Australia - Report

G'Day! My name is Lance. I live in Palmerston, near Darwin, Northern Territory Australia. My purpose is Quality Education. My special interest is the development and roll-out of FILPs (Fingerprint-Individualized Learning Portals, which by 2030, will be the most viable option to state-funded schools.

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  • Allison Wentworth Ross

    Allison Wentworth Ross

    Jan 10, 2020 at 12:57 in South Africa

    Dean Merritt, I'm sure you have some interesting insights into this topic.
  • Dean Merritt

    Dean Merritt

    Jan 13, 2020 at 08:20 in China

    Thanks Allison - Lance - to me quality education is very simple to define. It is providing value to the student which in my mind is the most current relative information on any specific topic. The delivery is also important - it must presented in an interactive exchange so you can insure the student understands and is learning . If it is a boring lecture where the teacher is talking at the students and they are madly writing notes you have not completed the task of educating anyone - you have only completed a knowledge transfer from the teaches notes to the students notes - zero learning in that exercise. Obviously when I teach my students and involved in constant interaction with me and their classmates - they have fun and get value, I am rewarded knowing I have given them value and I get very good reviews - hehe. When I am at the front of the class it is for their value has nothing to do with me.
    • Lance Box

      Lance Box

      Jan 13, 2020 at 09:10 in Australia

      Thank you so much, Dean, for your contribution to my quest to come up with an answer to the question: "What is 'Quality Education'?" Am I right, then, to assume that you agree with the UN definition of Quality Education that is centred and focused on School creation, School access, and training of School teachers? Or have I mis-read your comments (which seem to be in the context of delivering value in the confines of a school classroom, to an age-graded cohort). Is this what you mean?
  • Lance Box

    Lance Box

    Jan 19, 2020 at 22:12 in Australia

    If we were to place an emphasis on the word 'quality' in our term 'Quality Education' then a quality education would posses a high degree of excellence and be concerned with the maintenance of a high quality. I believe that this definition is problematic when applied to what happens in most schools that I have studied in and worked in over the decades. Schools typically do NOT encourage excellence. They encourage efficiency. Timed periods in which to complete the work that has been assigned teaches that looking for short-cuts is the objective of a schooling, not the development excellence and pride in accomplishment that comes from careful application and repetition until automation is achieved. IB (International Baccalaureate) schools do allocated extended time to longer term projects, and Steiner (Waldorf) schools do fit all learning into the context of a meta-narrative and sub-narratives that enable longer reflection on a topic through a range of aesthetic media. As I continue my reflection on Quality Education, I struggle to agree with the United Nations definition which equates Quality Education with increased access to schooling.
    • Lance Box

      Lance Box

      Jan 20, 2020 at 07:21 in Australia

      Rita, I would be very interested in hearing how you are re-working the UN goals to suit your own take on the various objectives. Maybe you have already started to articulate that journey somewhere else.
    • Lance Box

      Lance Box

      Jan 20, 2020 at 07:46 in Australia

      Allison, I am wanting to engage in a conversation, and bring out into the open the disjunction between the ideal of 'Quality Education' and the content of the UN definition of what pursuing that ideal looks like. The UN is wanting us to go back to what some in the west are trying to disentangle ourselves from; government-funded, centrally determined, age-graded, lock-stepped schooling. If we take seriously Roger James Hamilton's notion that everyone is born to be a genius in something, and that all of us are wired in a particular way that requires a detailed differentiated learning path to realize our genius, then we must consider education in a radically different context than schools - even the best of schools. The Genius School mob are on the track, but will be derailed if they take the UN Goal definition as their lighthouse. Even the term 'Genius School' is a compromise with the status quo. I want to be crystal clear on what it is that I am shooting for. I have published my life purpose elsewhere on this platform, and I have deliberately not used the word school in my statement. But, if I am walking with folk who are making 'Quality Education' their life's purpose, I need to know that we are thinking the same things when we use the term. I can envisage the concept of Quality Schooling; good schooling versus woeful schooling (I have experienced both extremes in my 58 years of being in the schooling system). But I am struggling to imagine graduations in the quality of an education. You are either educated, or you are not, an education is acquired whether schools exist or not. Often our block to being educated is our default in thinking: that to be schooled is to be educated. As said elsewhere, you can attend school all your life and not be educated. You can be very well educated and never darken the door of a school. In many cases, those who have been schooled have been ruined for life against an opportunity to gain an education, because of what schooling drills into our subconscious. So, my next step is to be pinpoint clear on what is meant (and not meant) by the term 'Quality Education', and then use the new definition to find the cohort of people that I will work with to move forward on ensuring that we are mobilising the right vehicles to facilitate a truly liberal, individualised and readily accessible education, by 2030.
    • Rita Juse-Cirkse

      Rita Juse-Cirkse

      Jan 20, 2020 at 11:03 in Internet

      I am 100% with you on this. And I have articulated my journey in many places and conversations. But I don't believe there is a way for you to gain access to those other than having a live conversation with me. I am a lazy writer and avoiding it as much as I can when I have a choice. Besides, it's always easier to misinterpret a writing, especially if it is done in a foreign language as English is to me. But I'd love to share my take and my experience of almost 62 years with you if you'd like to hear it

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Lance Box

Lance Box posted in mentor circle: Genius School Certified Educators

Dec 26, 2019 at 15:35 in Australia - Report

In Australian English have a rule that an English word is not allowed to end in "i", "u" or "v". Where there appear to be exceptions, the word is not of English origin and has been accepted into the language without adjustment to the rules.

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  • Lance Box

    Lance Box

    Dec 26, 2019 at 15:45 in Australia

    This is why we have variants of phonograms representing the same sound: one can be used at the end of a word, and the other may not be used at the end of the word. For example "ai" and "ay" represent the same sounds, but one may not be used at the end of a word, and the other may be used at the end of a word. "ou" and "ow" similarly apply the rule (the major exception being the word "you", which is a rule-breaker). "ui" and "ew" are another example. In the case of "u" and "v", if we want to use the sounds at the end of the word, we add a silent "e": blue, glue, Sue; love, give, have, etc. "f" and "v" have a special relationship, and can be interchangeable, which is why we write "of" and not "ov(e)": wolf - wolves; calf - calves, etc. I love the English language. It is a glorious mongrel.
    • Lance Box

      Lance Box

      Dec 26, 2019 at 15:57 in Australia

      is a rule breaker). "ui" and "ew" another example of a matching pair. In the case of "u" and "v" to represent the sounds at the end of a word we add a silent "e": blue, glue, Sue; love, give, have, etc. "f" and "v" have a special relationship, which is why we write "of" and not "ov(e)": wolves - wolf; calves - calf, halves - half, etc.

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