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  • 12 March 2020 3:54 PM | Karen (Administrator)

    Project-based learning (PBL) is a teaching approach where students learn by being actively involved in a real-world and meaningful project. They may create a product or a presentation for a real audience.

    When kids engage in this type of learning they can gain essential knowledge and skills like critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication. The students work on a project for an extended period of time. For example, over a week or even a semester.

    The TeachThought Staff have put together 20 Examples of Project-Based Learning. You might want to also check out some identified Outcomes of Project-Based Learning as it is important to have an objective or outcome for why you are planning and implementing a PBL approach.

    If you want to be more specific when it comes to subject areas and year levels, then the Buck Institute for Educators has a library of projects for you to explore.

  • 27 February 2020 4:28 PM | Karen (Administrator)

    Yes, your child is really a genius! In this short audio clip, Karen Bonanno explains the origins of the word 'genius'. 

    If you'd like to know what 'Genius Smart' your child is, then take advantage of Karen's special discount offer for your child to complete an online questionnaire to find out their specific genius. Included in this special offer is a one-to-one coaching session. 


  • 06 February 2020 1:01 PM | Karen (Administrator)

    According to Einstein you are a genius and so is everyone you know. Einstein said, “everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.” We’re all born great at something. As we grow up we also find out there are some things we are not so good at. If we focus too much on what we are not good at, life gets tough. Think about the successful people in this world that you know. They focus on what they are good at.

    Did you know there are four types of genius and you are one of them?

    There’s Dynamo genius who loves to create.

    There’s the Blaze genius who loves to connect.

    There’s Tempo genius who loves to serve.

    There’s Steel genius who loves the details.

    Each has a different energy, strength and weakness – a natural way of doing things.

    How about knowing how you can learn like a genius. The way you naturally learn will make you smart. There are four different ways you can learn. You have a natural way to learn best and when you start to focus in on the way you learn best you will be able to pick up, retrieve and remember more information than you have ever experienced before.

    Let’s look at how you can learn best.

    Dynamo is a visual learner. Dynamo energy learns best with pictures, movies, drawings, graphs, graphics, videos.

    Blaze is an auditory learner. Blaze energy learns best when they listen, talk, ask questions, hear stories.

    Tempo is a kinaesthetic learning. Tempo energy learns best with hands-on activities, lots of touch and feel, getting involved in what is happening.

    Steel is Analytic, focused on Read/Write. … into the detail. Steel energy learns best with texts, manuals, handbook, systems, data.

    Now, each one us has a preferred way to learn. But we can also dip into the other learning styles. For example, you might be predominately a visual learner and also like to reinforce your learning by indulging in some read and write and get into the detail. When we understand how we learn best, we can take in information through our preferred format. For instance, if we are an auditory learner and want to know how to do something, then we will ask questions, or listen to instructions, or talk to someone about how to do this.

    Remember, you have a natural way to learn best and when you start to focus in on the way you learn best you will be able to pick up, retrieve and remember more information than you have ever experienced before.

    If you want to know what you are good at, then grab a special discount to access the Talent Dynamics for Young People online questionnaire. The profile test helps to identify your natural talent and suggests ways that you can work to improve and increase the amount of flow in your life, school and work.

  • 30 January 2020 2:17 PM | Karen (Administrator)

    As the new school year in Australia commences, approximately 4 million students will head back to school. Of those students, 10% - 15% will experience ‘learning differences’; that is, they have neurological differences that make learning with conventional methods challenging for them.

    According to Speld QLD, a not for profit organisation supporting young people with learning differences, the ‘lack of identification and poor management of learning differences can cause severe anxiety in children, even leading to depression in students as young as 7 years of age’.

    Early identification, by a professional, of learning differences can help the child (and their school community) cope better with their learning experiences.

    Speld QLD provides a brief overview of the main learning differences frequently diagnosed. Their site provides signs to look out for and the amazing strengths students, identified with learning differences, bring to those around them.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

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