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  • 16 January 2020 2:08 PM | Karen (Administrator)

    A national survey, commissioned by Woolworths, found that a third of Australian children could not identify fruit and vegetables, nor where the products came from. 92 per cent did not know bananas grew on plants. They struggled to know what grew on tress or what grew in the ground.

    British kids weren't much better. A third of the primary school children thought cheese came from plants. Kids still don't know where their food comes from. 

    So, let's bring gardening into the lives of our kids. Grow a Living Playhouse for Your Kids gardening is a great way to introduce these food types to kids and help them appreciate where they food comes from. There are lots of benefits of gardening with kids, including nurturing their physical and mental health. 

    Find out how to build your living playhouse at Grow a Living Playhouse for Your Kids. 

  • 14 November 2019 2:41 PM | Karen (Administrator)

    I'm sure many of us, at some stage in our life, has kept a diary about events, happenings, significant moments and lots more. Maybe we did this on a daily basis or endeavoured to regularly capture our thoughts and reflections. 

    I came across a blog by a young tween who lives in New Zealand. Kate's Blog has been going since 2017 and she regularly posts about what is happening in her life. She sees this as something that will support her learning and encourages her readers to support her with comments that fall into three categories:

    1. Something positive (something you like about what she has shared).
    2. Something helpful (add more information or ask a question).
    3. Something thoughtful (how have you connected with her learning).

    The last blog post I read from Kate was her ambition for 2020. Yes..we are about to enter into a new decade. 

    Congratulations Kate on your sharing and wishing you well for your life journey. 

  • 08 November 2019 1:27 PM | Karen (Administrator)

    Karen Bonanno was a guest on Ignite Your Life podcast with Leanne Blaney. 

  • 31 October 2019 1:20 PM | Karen (Administrator)

    Most of us may have kept a book log or journal about what we've read. At school, we probably had to do a book talk at some stage.

    Sentence stems help students to start thinking about what they're reading. These sentence stems can help them to capture their thoughts, which they may then record.

    The author of 'Critical Reading: 50 Sentence Stems to Help Students Talk About What They Read' has three categories for the sentences:

    1. Stems that help students talk about themselves as readers
    2. Stems that help students talk about the topic
    3. Stems that help students talk about the author and author purpose

    Check them out and help your students explore the texts they read.

  • 27 October 2019 3:39 PM | Karen (Administrator)

    The latest young mental health reports from Mission Australia and the Black Dog Institute have unearthed some startling information. 

    24.2 per cent of young people experienced mental distress (up from 18.7 per cent in 2012). 

    Mental health experts say they are unclear as to why the rates are getting worse. More detail in 'Mental health concerns increasingly common among young Australians, report finds'. 

    There is no simple and easy answer to what is being reported in this article. There are multiple things happening that have an impact on young folk like pressure from various perspectives, social media & easily accessible technology, self, school & family expectations.

    I'd also say that the news media has to be included as well. Also, role models, e.g. family, sporting, can sometimes send a negative message to youngsters.

    There are lots of agencies and programs available to support young folk. It's articles like this that reinforce the work MyGenius Inc is involved in with Genius Camps; helping tweens and teens to find their inner genius, confidence, clarity about who they really are and the courage to be the person they need to become. 

  • 17 October 2019 1:44 PM | Karen (Administrator)

    Sometimes, when I set a task for the students in my class, I'd get the question, 'Is this for assessment?' When I said that it wasn't, I'd then get, 'They why do I need to do this?'

    I'd try and explain the many reasons with 'because....' answers, where I would focus on things like skills development, extending previous learning, new learning, connections with the 'real world', future job scenarios, it's just interesting to know (and the list could go on).

    One thinking tool I'd use when starting new work was a KWHL chart (What I know, What I want to know, How will I find out, what have I learnt).

    In a post on '75 questions students can ask themselves before, during, and after teaching' by Terry Heick, he provides a great list of questions that could guide the KWHL process and help learners take control of their learning experiences.

    The questions fall into sub-sections under the main headings of Before, During and After. Here is an overview, but make sure you check the post by Terry to capture all the questions.

    Before teaching & learning

    1. What's being learned?
    2. What seems most important about what's being learned?
    3. What do I already know and not know about this?
    4. Why is this important?
    5. What is my role in learning this?

    During teaching & learning

    1. What's going on?
    2. What seems most important?
    3. What am I doing to help me learn?
    4. What is my mind doing?
    5. What is this connected to?

    After teaching & learning

    1. How did that go?
    2. What seems most important about what was learned?
    3. What should I do with what I've learned and how should respond to what I didn't learn?
    4. Based on what we learned today, what might we learn tomorrow?
    5. How have I been changed by what I've learned?
  • 11 October 2019 8:29 AM | Karen (Administrator)

    In ‘Getting Ready for the Age of Experiential Education’, Matthew Lynch refers to the definition for experiential learning identified by the Association for Experiential Education as ‘a teaching philosophy that informs many methodologies in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and develop people’s capacity to contribute to their communities.’ [Bold text added.] 

    Experiential learning is something we do at our Genius Camps. Our Genius Campers get to engage in several learning challenges & activities as 'student-centred' teams. They get to reflect on what has happened and subsequently increase their skills and capabilities to contribute to their communities. They also get to understand their uniqueness and the unique characteristics of others in their team and how they can add value by ‘showing up’ as their unique self. 

    Check out our schedule of events for when the next Genius Camp will be held. 

  • 03 October 2019 10:42 AM | Karen (Administrator)

    Kids just don't seem to be reading nearly as much these days. Research studies and anecdotal reports from teachers, teacher librarians and librarians indicate that a majority of teens don't read for pleasure at all.

    In the article, '7 ways to get teens reading in a smartphone culture', the author comments that smartphones and teen's use of social media play a significant part of their daily life. So, they provide some tips for parents and educators to help support teens' literacy development and to foster a lifelong love of reading.

    Read '7 ways to get teens reading in a smartphone culture', to find out more about the suggested tips.

  • 26 September 2019 4:23 PM | Karen (Administrator)

    Teens, aged between 12 - 15, can join us for Genius Camp North Lakes, Queensland, Australia on 18th and 19th December 2019. Attend this fun-packed, 2-day event where you will discover your true inner genius and natural path to success. 

  • 12 September 2019 11:34 AM | Karen (Administrator)

    It's R U OK? Day - all about making meaningful connections with people around us and starting conversations with anyone who is struggling with life. BTW - here are some great conversation starters. 

    So, I thought this idea by a teacher on how she checks in with her students worth a share - Check-in board to support mental health.

    The kids write their name ON THE BACK of a sticky note and place it on the whiteboard. At the top it says 'Monday Check-in' and then there are sections underneath with different 'state of being' labels. During the week the teacher talks privately to each child to check how they are going and if they need to talk about something that is happening in their life.

    Studies show that mental health issues among young people are on the rise, so whatever we can do to reach out and express our care is definitely a worthy action.

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