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    Archive for June, 2015

    The teaching profession: Why doesn’t it attract the best?*

    By - 29 Jun 2015

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    We all keep the memory of a special teacher. One who helped us look at mathematics in a different way or who told us fabulous stories of heroes and battles. That teacher who taught us a lesson we wouldn’t forget. Every time I talk about this subject with a colleague or friend it is common to hear a comment like “what a shame, we no longer have teachers like that.” Against which I always try to argue that there are still wonderful teachers, masters of their craft and committed to their mission. My job allows me to see them occasionally. Unfortunately, there are not as many as we wish, and it is not difficult to understand why: You have to be a kind of modern hero to embrace the teaching profession and exercise it in a committed way. This is when we wonder about the working conditions of teachers. This is not a new issue but it seems to require further debate. Let’s take a new look.

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    You have a job, but… Do you know rule of 3?

    By - 16 Jun 2015

    A few days ago, while looking at some job offers in a local newspaper, an ad caught my attention. A position as a business adviser in micro finance required applicants to have completed secondary education and be able to master two independent set of skills: basic math operations, including the rule of three, and socio-emotional skills management (be proactive, work under pressure, among others). While a teenager with a high school education should master these skills, the fact that the ad specifically mentioned it made me think about whether graduates really know how to apply them. Read more…

    The power of socio-emotional skills

    By - 12 Jun 2015

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    I just read a fascinating new study published by the OECD: Skills for Social Progress: The Power of Social and Emotional Skills (2015). This study empirically substantiates much of what I have been writing about in past posts and provides considerable food for thought. This post summarizes some of its most interesting findings. Read more…

    5 myths of the educational discourse

    By - 2 Jun 2015

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    Our beliefs and convictions about education and learning affect significantly the options we drive for its improvement. Let’s see if these five common assumptions are true or false.

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