Asking for help is not easy… for me

Published on Sunday, May 17th, 2015

With my heart on my sleeve, I think this is one of the hardest things I have ever done – asking for backing, money and support… Last week I launched a board game kick starter project as I require $37000 to be able to print and distribute the Study Smarter Board Game. Watch the video […]

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The role of sleep and learning for teenagers

Published on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Getting a great night sleep is essential for brain health and especially important when learning and studying. Researcher Chris Evans, believes the most important function of sleep is to allow your brain to consider the new things that have been learned that day. He suggests new learnings are filed and consolidated in the memory system […]

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An open letter to my daughter’s teacher

Published on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Most teachers only have a class for 1 or maybe 2 years. Our daughter has had the same teacher for 7 years and today was her farewell. I do not recall the last time I was in a room so filled with so much Aroha and respect… The words thank you will never be enough… You have […]

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Modern Learning Environments – the underlying philosophy to success

Published on Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Modern Learning Environments (MLE) are all the talk in educational circles right now. Schools, around the world, are knocking out walls and creating bright stimulating classrooms with multi purpose furniture and giving students access to technology. On the surface it looks fantastic, however I am concerned that without a big pedagogy shift, students will be […]

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Keeping It Real Series – My Deep Desire…

Published on Monday, March 9th, 2015

Warning: This is a very personal post that might damage my reputation, my career, my business… I may be doing myself a disservice sharing this, however I truly believe that to lift the mask and be real it needs to be said… Ok – I did it. I took my husband to see 50 Shades […]

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6 Proven Strategies for Exam Success

Published on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

The great news is passing exams is more a matter of technique than intelligence. Whatever results you have received in the past, they are NOT a reflection of the results you can achieve this year. Your test scores are not a reflection of your self-worth; they are an evaluation of the learning strategies you have […]

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Keeping It Real Series – Natural Eating

Published on Monday, November 24th, 2014

I have to admit it, I’m struggling with this – eating naturally. The concept is simple, common sense and one that can be adopted for a lifetime, which can only benefit me long term – so why is it so hard? Catrina Bengree runs her own company called Nourish ‘N Nurture.  Unlike nearly every other […]

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Effort vs accomplishment

Published on Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

It is Friday afternoon and my inbox is again featuring our children’s school weekly newsletters. (I’m sure I just read the last one yesterday!) Today, however I was struck with the sheer volume of congratulations and achievements of students over the past weeks – the newsletters are always filled with this, however suddenly I saw this […]

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Our Family Bucket Lists – Goal setting for the future

Published on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

A few weeks ago I was privileged to hear Travis Bell speak at a dinner in Auckland. Travis is known as the Bucket List Guy http://www.thebucketlistguy.com/ . He inspired me to take his message home and share it with my family – little did I know that it would be a wonderful heart filled activity that lasted two […]

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Keeping it Real Series – Success

Published on Monday, October 13th, 2014

I was honoured last month by my speaker colleagues – National Speakers Association- as NZ’s Educator of the Year. Last year I won NZ Speaker of the Year. It is always wonderful to have your work acknowledged by your colleagues and the hundreds of congratulations emails, posts and messages are always lovely to receive. However, […]

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