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Celeb tutors

Despite their huge posters in shopping centres and bus shelters, they are not film stars or supermodels. They are the “tutor kings and queens” in Hong Kong, those super teachers … Continue reading

10/10/2013 · Leave a comment

Tips

A small but useful piece of practical advice. Yes, exams are coming. Have a look to some useful revision tips:  Don’t overdo it. Everyone revises diferently. Take breaks. Make a … Continue reading

03/06/2013 · Leave a comment

Creativity

Creativity  ” is the process of having original ideas that value.” claims Sir Ken Robinson. This expert in education maintains that schools kill creativity because we’ve been educated to become good … Continue reading

03/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Disaster

The frequency and severity of disasters have increased over the last few years as a result of climate change. Disasters are not natural, they only occur when people lack preparedness … Continue reading

12/04/2013 · Leave a comment

Quest

A long search for something that is difficult to find, or an attempt to achieve something difficult. The photo exhibition “Journeys to School” tells an inspiring story of girls’ and … Continue reading

08/04/2013 · Leave a comment

Autism

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. … Continue reading

02/04/2013 · Leave a comment

Piggy bank

Small container, sometimes in the shape of a pig, that is used by children for saving money. The present  economic downturn has made money a common issue in our family … Continue reading

25/03/2013 · Leave a comment

Bullying

Hurting or frightening someone who is smaller or less powerful than you, often forcing them to do something they do not want to do. “My experiences with violence in schools … Continue reading

01/03/2013 · Leave a comment

Udacity

Udacity is a private educational organization founded by Sebastian Thrun, David Stavens, and Mike Sokolsky, with the stated goal of democratizing education. Udacity, which started offering free computer science classes … Continue reading

15/06/2012 · Leave a comment

Misdemeanour

An action which is slightly bad or breaks a rule but is not a crime. Hundreds of US schools have police patrolling the playgrounds and corridors to keep order. But … Continue reading

21/05/2012 · Leave a comment

Home Schooling

 Homeschooling ( home education or home based learning)  is a legal option for parents in many countries, who mention various reasons to homeschool their children. The three most popular chosen by … Continue reading

02/05/2012 · 1 Comment

Bedtime

“Stories are used to pass on accumulated wisdom, beliefs, and values. Through stories we explain how things are, why they are, and our role and purpose. Stories are the building … Continue reading

23/04/2012 · 2 Comments

Doodle

A drawing or pattern that you make while thinking about something else or when you are bored. Sunni Brown, a TED talker and the leader of the Doodle Revolution, disagrees with the … Continue reading

20/04/2012 · Leave a comment