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The 5 Biggest Challenges to Learning a Language

Posted by Christina Comben on September 19, 2018 at 3:11 PM

Christina Comben

It takes a lot of guts, curiosity, time and effort to learn a language as an adult.  

So, if you find yourself in this position, then hats off to you. Sometimes we have to learn a second language out of necessity.

For much of the non-English speaking world, that need is pretty clear. If you want to exist in the labor force just about anywhere these days, you’ll need to get comfortable with the Oxford English dictionary.

On other occasions, our desire to learn the lingo is born out of a desire to learn about the country, culture, or person we’re falling in love with.

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Topics: English Language Learning Challenges

How to Use Strengths & Positive Psychology in Teaching - Penny Nesbitt

Posted by Peter Barnes on September 12, 2018 at 7:27 AM

Peter Barnes

Should we concentrate our teaching on trying to improve where students are performing badly, or focus more attention on helping them build on their existing strengths?

It shouldn't be an either /or choice. But according to positive psychology expert, Penny Nesbitt, working on a student's natural strengths will be more rewarding for both the student and their teacher.

Penny spoke to The Learning Capacity Podcast about the movement to positive education and how the strengths approach is being used in classrooms around the world.  She also spoke about the power to two little words:  "NOT YET".

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Topics: Confidence & Resilience, Podcasts, Social & Emotional Learning, Positive Psychology & Strengths

Are Robots Coming to a Classroom Near You?

Posted by Peter Barnes on September 9, 2018 at 5:07 PM

Peter Barnes

Maybe not soon.

robot

But it’s highly likely robots will be used to assist human teachers in the not too distant future.

That’s according to a research study by scientists from universities in USA, Japan and Europe.

The study involved a review of more than 100 published articles, which have shown robots to be effective at increasing learning outcomes.

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Topics: Neurotech Programs

Are You as Smart as a First Grade Student?

Posted by Peter Barnes on September 5, 2018 at 8:40 PM

Peter Barnes

Here is an interesting exercise that shows how an earlier reader will perceive a text differently (and in this case more accurately) than many experienced, competent readers.

You may have already seen it as it has been around for quite a while. It came to my attention when one of the Fast ForWord founding scientists published it recently.

Read the sentence below and see how you compare to a year one student: 

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Topics: Reading Assistant, Fast ForWord123

Dr Marianela Diaz - Innovative Early, Bilingual Education in Panama

Posted by Peter Barnes on August 30, 2018 at 4:12 PM

Peter Barnes

Psychologist and Educator, Dr Marianela Diaz searched the world for best practices in early learning before establishing the first Cleverest Education learning centre in Panama.  

She discovered Singapore leads in many aspects of early education and spoke about her experiences in a conversation on the Learning Capacity Podcast.

Dr Diaz says, "Since I am a psychologist and I'm into education, I know that the most important years are the very early on, the first five years is where you make your neuron connections. So, that's why we decided to go into early education". 

"I also wanted to do something that would actually coexist with cognitive learning and emotional learning".

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Topics: Podcasts, Early Learners

10 New Fast ForWord Features Teachers & Parents Love

Posted by Peter Barnes on August 21, 2018 at 2:12 PM

Peter Barnes

More than 2.8 million students around the world have improved their learning and reading with the Fast ForWord123 neuroscience-based programs.

The scientists behind this evidence-based learning enhancement technology have been busy recently making it even more effective with improvements based on the usage data of all these students.  The result is Fast ForWord Foundations I, the flagship of the new Fast ForWord. 

Thanks to Logan De Ley, from Scientific Learning Corporation for the following list of the top ten big wins for students and educators.

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Career Planning in Secondary School: Start Early & Keep Options Open

Posted by Gordon Doyle on June 2, 2018 at 10:52 AM

Gordon Doyle

The 1st June tells me that not only is it the first day of winter, but that the year is flying by.  I avoid the temptation to look back at the things I haven’t done – and wish I had.  Or to dwell too much on the things I could have done better – if only there had been more .... time, perhaps?  Instead, I choose to look forward – and I want to encourage you to do the same thing.

Looking forward

Its a clichéd phrase I know, but apart from death and taxes there are no certainties in this life. If you’re a Year 10 student or a senior secondary student, you’re unlikely to be thinking too much about either of these, but almost certainly, the prospect of what you are going to do with your life after leaving school is likely to have already dawned. 

Looking forward, perhaps you can see the many opportunities that stretch out before you.  Perhaps you ask yourself the question:  What do I need to do to keep these opportunities open?  To ensure that I have choice? 

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Topics: Careers

Why Work Experience is Too Valuable to Miss Out on Doing

Posted by Gordon Doyle on May 1, 2018 at 7:22 PM

Gordon Doyle

The opportunity to undertake Work Experience as part of the normal course of events in Year 10, is positive for students for many reasons. But I shall limit my discussion to two important ones, particularly for students in Year 10. 

First of all, school based Work Experience should always, in my opinion, provide an opportunity for a young person to test a career area of genuine, possible career interest to them

It is not about doing just anything for the sake of filling in a week.  Nor is it, if the young person has a part time job already, doing more of the same.  Neither is about working in a family business.  They can get that experience any time.  It is, as I have indicated above, about testing a career area of genuine, future career interest.

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Topics: Careers

Mothers and Mothers-To-Be: Memory & Learning Reduced by too Much Sugar

Posted by Peter Barnes on April 21, 2018 at 3:27 PM

Peter Barnes

Too much sugar, especially from soft drinks, may damage your child’s learning ability and memory.

That’s the finding from a study of the diets of more than 1000 pregnant women and their children.  The study included assessments of the children’s cognitive skills at ages 3 and 7.

This research, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, suggests there may be learning benefits from reducing the sugar intake of women during pregnancy and limiting sugar consumption by their young children.  

Key findings include:

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Topics: Memory, Learning Capacity, Learning

Year 10 Students: 4 Principles for Senior Subject Selection    

Posted by Gordon Doyle on April 7, 2018 at 3:40 PM

Gordon Doyle

Do you have a son or daughter in Year 10 this year? 

These days, most students will choose to remain at school and complete Year 12, regardless of whether they have university or TAFE aspirations, are interested in apprenticeships or traineeships, or have other after school hopes. 

Think about the next 8 to 10 years

The post school options available to young people today are wider and more diverse than ever.  At the same time, competition for opportunities is also significant. 

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