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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6 Tips for Managing Exam Stress 

Published on Sunday, October 5th, 2014

A message for all senior secondary students … There are five weeks to go before national school exams and if you are starting to get stressed about exam time – this is great news. Why stress is good… Experiencing stress before exams is a good thing! Stress causes your adrenaline to pump and allows you to work […]

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Why is learning so scary?

Published on Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Choosing a new phone for many may be an exciting task, however when I took my Dad to get a new phone recently he said “I don’t want a smart phone, I just want one like the one I have – so I don’t have to learn anything new.” This is not the first time I […]

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My world feels like it has been rocked…

Published on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

This week I heard the news of the apparent suicide of Robin Williams – this has totally rocked my world – I feel numb… (note I am still in denial with the word apparent.) Robin William’s outer persona reflected (to me anyway) a confident, intelligent, successful person who had his whole life together. I guess […]

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