I'm delighted to be speaking and running a workshop on December 12th 2016 with the Swiss CAS Coordinators group.
This event is being hosted by Richard Lineham, CAS Coordinator & St George's International School in Switzerland .
The theme of the day is 'Creativity & Innovation in CAS' - so I am thrilled to be sharing insights and expertise with the change-makers and creative leaders at the forefront of inspiring young people to take action.
If you work with CAS students you know the challenges of getting them to reflect rather than just write down some bullet points about what they did.
This webinar explores strategies for reflecting, giving you practical tools and tips on how to get students engaged.
I'll be sharing insights from my experience in business development, strategy and leadership settings to put reflecting in context as a life-skill, as well as why particular tools are valued in these settings.
Go to www.flowinaction.org/webinars to find out more.
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The 16th October sees the celebration of Noah Webster's birthday, the lexicographer who started Webster's Dictionary.
A dictionary is "a book or electronic resource that lists the words of a language (typically in alphabetical order) and gives their meaning, or gives the equivalent words in a different language, often also providing information about pronunciation, origin, and usage." Source: Dictionary.com
Dictionaries help to break down language barriers by giving us correct meanings of words.
When you're learning a new language, a dictionary plays a vital role in giving you the information you need to express yourself.
Your voice counts. To not have the words to express yourself and your ideas means that your voice is not heard.
As a global citizenship, it is your ability to speak which makes positive change happen.
Make a date and celebrate Dictionary Day in your community to improve language, literacy and communication.
Here' some ideas to get you started:
1. Set up a spelling bee
2. Play classroom word bingo and look up the meanings of chosen words
3. Have 'find a word' dictionary speed competitions
Research it. Share it. Get people involved.
Share your activities on the Flow In Action Facebook Page and tag it with @flowinaction #flowinaction
Smiling changes your focus and physiology. Physiology accounts for 55% of how you create meaning and emotion. When you choose to smile, you can change your mood within a few moments to focus on something more positive, reduce stress and increase well-being.
Here's how you can create more mindfulness and well-being in your community on World Smile Day!
1. Check out the Action for Happiness website
2. Research their resources to understand how to be happier
3. Choose some resources to share within your school community
4. Set up a Google Classroom
5. Ask students and teachers to use their smart phones to take smile selfies and upload them to the Google Classroom
6. Create a free Powtoon account or other video software and make a slideshow montage of your 'Smile Community'
There are hundreds of ways to use your own creativity to come up with activities!
What are yours? Post your activities on the Flow In Action Facebook page and tag with @flowinaction #flowinaction
Photo credit (c) Elaine France
5th October 2016 is UN World Teachers Day.
Share this mind-map with your students, inspiring them to 'hack' this global celebration day with their creativity and innovative ideas.
Get them to share their activities on the Flow In Action Facebook site and tag with #flowinaction @flowinaction
Each week there are global celebration days which promote international mindedness and global citizenship.
It's a quick 'service learning' win for your school community if students are empowered to start 'hacking' celebration days with new ideas for taking action and creating awareness.
To help make that change happen, I've created a mind-map which sets out clearly how to research celebration days and come up with ideas for taking action.
Give this valuable visual guide to your students and unleash their creativity.
Empower them to make change happen as they learn the life-skills of finding answers, coming up with solutions and sharing their voices.
1. Read about UN Sustainable Development Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
2. Watch the ICRC's short video on the Geneva Conventions Rules of War
3. Share the links by email with your friends and peers to create awareness.
4. Research how to set up a #peacehack
5. Run your version of a #peacehack in your school and community
6. Challenge everyone in the school to do Random Acts of Kindness for the day
7. Smile a lot at other people, even if they don't smile back...they will remember.
"Ideas are the currency of the 21st Century." Carmine Gallo
Before the ideas comes the empathy with a problem or challenge. So, what do you care about? What moves you to imagine something better to solve a problem?
No matter what age you are, it's not about knowing all of the answers. Life is about knowing how to find them, bringing your unique perspective and creativity to the table...and expressing it.
Take 5 minutes to day-dream today. In that time, wonder about something. Give yourself permission to dream big.