How children’s literature can reveal strategies for personal development.

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Your respect, trustworthiness and steadiness, peace of mind, freedom from pain and fear, in a word your freedom. For what would you sell these things?

This quote from Stoic philosopher, Epictetus’ really sums up my understanding of personal development.

He is advising that we need to place the utmost value on the virtues that give us our freedom as human beings.

He is suggesting that all other values or virtues are cheap, and therefore should not be prioritised.

It is the prioritisation of values that will determine the life that you will have.

If you keep prioritising the things that do not spark joy or those…

How Saudade can be uplifting

Stoic philosopher, Seneca wrote that,

a wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.

If you want a Range Rover but drive a Fiat Panda, if you live in the less salubrious side of town or hanker after a son following the births of three girls; pause and take a step back and stop…

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Be grateful that you have your own mode of transport, a home and healthy children.

These are all the dreams of others.

Slow down, take stock and be grateful for what…

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Understanding how humans learn is a fundamental aspect of all teaching contexts. If educators and instructors don’t have a firm understanding of the way that people learn most effectively, teaching and learning will stagnate.

Universal Design for Learning

The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework offers a structure within which instructors can design engaging and personalised learning experiences for all learners.

Created by non-profit education research and development organisation, CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology), UDL is now used globally with the intention of making learning more inclusive.

The premise that underpins this framework is that educators need to identify and put into action…

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I have just completed my MSc in Instructional Design and Educational Technology. Throughout the degree course I have realised that everything I thought I knew about designing meaningful online learning experience was wrong or at least flawed.

My early iterations of online learning contained jazzy videos with music, animations, text, images, video and voice. Sometimes all at the same time. The quantity of multimedia tools for me, seemed to be better than quality.

I realised that unless multimedia learning is driven by the science of how we learn, it will be a disengaging and flawed experience for the learner.


A simple way to view the meaning of life

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What do you think about when you think of a circle?

Perhaps you think of a ring, the sun or the moon.

Perhaps you think of bicycles or cycles such as plant cycles or life cycles.

The circle of life is a symbolic representation of birth, survival and death. Life is represented as a circle because it’s a constant loop.

The question “What is the meaning of life?” is often asked and thought of.

We will all have different answers.

When we talk about the meaning of life, are we…

How to identify opportunities in life’s shipwrecks

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There was once a 3rd century BC merchant known as Zeno of Citium who, after being shipwrecked made his way to Athens whereupon he came across a bookshop and began reading the work of Socrates. When Zeno wrote,

I made a prosperous voyage when I was shipwrecked’,

he showed that he believed that a seemingly catastrophic event had actually helped him to find purpose in his life.

Zeno re-framed the way in which he viewed his situation and despite the fact that he could have lost his life and did lose his possessions…

Why the era of the sage on the stage needs to end

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An article written by Jennifer Gonzalez entitled, ‘ To Learn, Students Need to DO Something ‘ made me consider my approach in the classroom. I have been guilty of simply teaching to transfer information, mainly with my examination classes. This approach has been motivated by time constraints and volume of content to cram into a short period of time. I want to change this because neither of these motivations has anything to do with learning.

I thought I would create a walk through of an approach to learning…

This blog post marks the beginning of a series of practical actions that teachers can take to integrate creative thinking and problem solving into their curricula and classrooms.

I will share all of my creativity tips on LinkedIn and develop them in the Hexis21 Blog.

Teachers are busy people, so this blog will be to the point, with a worked example. The tip could work with many different academic subjects, including citizenship, PSHE, geography, civics and so many more.

Tip #1 seems fantastical but it can have a transformative impact on students in terms of their creative confidence.

Phase 1:

Hannah Young

Educator and Trainer of 21st century skills at Hexis21

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