From Emojis to Clocks – Do We Need to Change for Gen Z?

Students Cant Tell Time

In the past few weeks I’ve seen two alarmist news stories going around about Generation Z and people changing to fit around them.

The first was that, apparently, Gen Z can’t read analog clocks since they mostly read the time via their phones or laptops, which display the time in digital format. It seems that in some schools, teachers are replacing regular clocks with digital ones in exam halls, to help students understand how much time they have left. [Read more…]

Teacher Appreciation Day

teacher appreciation day

Today is Teacher Appreciation Day. It is something I have been vaguely aware of in the past due to Americans on social media, but I’m pretty sure British people don’t celebrate.

I think we should start.

There’s a financial awareness game that this wonderful organisation called CHYPPS do in schools sometimes. In the activity the students firstly pick a job, then pick a home, then make choices based on how much money they have left. Do they have enough to shop at Tescos each week, or do they need to shop ad Aldi? [Read more…]

Voices that Need to Go Viral

Rebecca Louise Law

Back when I was in Japan, there was a viral news story in the west about children in Japanese schools licking each others’ eyeballs. I had never heard of it before. None of the children I knew did it, and when I asked Japanese friends they also said that they had never heard of it.

As far as I could see, there had been one mention of it on an online forum and then the world had just jumped on this small window into a culture that no one is able to understand. People are much less likely to look into the credibility of such a story, instead wave their hand and say “gosh, those Japanese people are just WEIRD!” [Read more…]

My Takeaway from TEDx Norwich ED

TEDx Norwich ED

On Saturday I ventured over to Norwich for the TEDx ED event. I went with my friend Sarah, who runs a great company called Plain Sailing; she helps people understand their motivations in life. I HIGHLY recommend her training.

I’d never been to a TEDx event before so I wasn’t sure what to expect, except to come away inspired and having networked with people passionate about the things I’m passionate about. Both of these things happened.

As someone who has a lot of experience in running events, I want to point out first and foremost that the organisers and the volunteers involved were excellent. For a very small ticket price, we had a wonderful day of talks, FOUR meals (breakfast, a banging lunch, TWO cake breaks), and a goody bag. The whole day was seamless. [Read more…]

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