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Further reading and viewing

Recommended reading

Interested in finding out more about people-centred education? These books, by various respected authors, all contain perspectives that you may find helpful.

The Call To Brilliance
by Resa Steindl-Brown
You, Your Child and School
by Sir Ken Robinson
In Defense of Childhood
by Chris Mercogliano
Unconditional Parenting
by Alfie Kohn
Parenting For A Peaceful World
by Robin Grille
Teach Your Children Well
by Choon Tan
Finding Your Element
by Sir Ken Robinson
Education And The Significance Of Life
by Jiddhu Krishnamurti

Videos to watch

The Schools Our Children Deserve

Most educators agree that a primary goal of schooling is to help students acquire or avoid losing a sense of joy in learning. Unfortunately, many traditional practices in our schools diminish that joy and also undermine deep thinking. Alfie Kohn invites us to rethink the nature of motivation and explore authentic alternatives to conventional assessment and instruction.

Engage Emotion and Imagination

Human beings are emotional and imaginative; they feel and envision possibilities. My idea worth sharing is that all educators can use tools of imagination to evoke emotion and imagination and, as a result, make everyday education more effective for all learners.

Children full of life video
Children Full of Life

In this award-winning documentary Mr. Kanamori, a teacher of a 4th grade class, teaches his students not only how to be students, but how to live. He gives them lessons on teamwork, community, the importance of openness, how to cope, and the harm caused by bullying. He is an amazing example of what all teachers across the world should be like. He truly understands what teaching children is all about and certainly made a positive difference in the lives of these 10 year olds.

Social and emotional fitness for children and youth

We know that physical fitness is important. But scientific research now shows that children that have social and emotional fitness do better in school and life. They even have higher academic achievement. 

Dr Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, developmental psychologist, researcher and educator presents the latest research and innovative strategies that can be used by parents, educators and anyone who cares for and about children.
Watch Part 2 here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgF9A1ajYGQ

How To Escape Education’s Death Valley - Sir Ken Robinson

Author and educator Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way that we are educating our children. He advocates a radical rethink of our school systems in order to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.

Kids, take charge video
Kids, take charge

Kiran Bir Sethi shows how her groundbreaking Riverside School in India teaches kids life’s most valuable lesson: “I can.” Watch her students take local issues into their own hands, lead other young people, even educate their parents.

5 Keys to Social and Emotional Learning Success

Studies show that sustained and well-integrated social and emotional learning (SEL) programs can help schools engage their students and improve achievement. Explore the classroom practices that make up the best and most effective SEL programs

Mysteries of the heart

A fascinating presentation from the HeartMath Institute on the little-known roles the heart plays in our everyday lives.

Websites to check out

Alfie Kohn

Studies show that sustained and well-integrated social and emotional learning (SEL) programs can help schools engage their students and improve achievement. Explore the classroom practices that make up the best and most effective SEL programs

Our Emotional Health

Robin Grille is a psychologist in private practice and a parenting educator. Robin’s experiential, skills-based and informational parenting courses have helped many people to embrace parenting as a transformative, personal growth journey. On this website you can read his articles, find his books and try the emotional intelligence test.

Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson’s mission is to transform the culture of education and organizations with a richer conception of human creativity and intelligence. You can watch some of his talks, buy his books and read his blog.

X Factor Education

Nathan Mikaere-Wallis is a well-known NZ personality with a professional background in child counselling, teaching and social service management. He has built up a nationwide reputation as a lively, engaging and inspirational speaker on the topic of brain development.

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“Believe in yourself”

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