I had the pleasure of inviting 5 kids plus my kid who are 6-7 years old on Friday 28th April to revise for them before their Arabic Language Exam Papers for Grade 1. Personally, I don’t approve of the idea of testing 6-7 years kids, because in Finland; the FINNISH PRESCHOOL MODEL HAS RANKED THE BEST IN GLOBAL COMPARISON
this age is considered a Preschool age and the focus is on their development emotionally and socially as illustrated in the image below developed by Helsinki International Schools
We had a day packed with team work activities using the methodologies illustrated in the above figure, and we used the Arabic language words as part of expressing their needs and ideas.
This was the list of activities that I issued in the form of certifying them Kids Team Activities – April 2017
Stay tuned for the next level of Challenges!
In 2016, had a mind blowing learning expedition in Europe; in which I experienced mindfulness and what high performance teams are made of….they are made of flesh and souls that are blended with refine heartfelt machines . …
AlKutub Group of Volunteers
I met a group of volunteers who are working restlessly on a project to produce and publish audio books in Arabic language for the blind people in the Arab world. The main group are based in Egypt.
■They are a group of Volunteers who chose to beat up their own best time on a project that would benefit the Blind people.
■Their work space as volunteers became an Arena for expression of Authenticity
■They chose to resist bureaucracy, or being processed, or transformed into soulless machines for the production of output.
I chose to work with them as a Team Coach to enable them to learn, perform and develop. I chose to beat up my own best time to enable them as givers.
A new training program has just launched within the Team Academy in Finland. The concept is generated and led by team entrepreneurs but coached by qualified team coaches. Our very own, Wendy Wu, In…
Source: Innovative Entrepreneurial Education – Team Academy, Finland & Wärtsilä, Vassa
Staff Development and the 5 Disciplines of the Learning Organization – to be continued:
Team Learning: The quality of relationships determines the outcomes. Teachers should learn to work together in an ongoing process, with enough time to learn new ways of teaching, to develop esprit de corps= a show of loyalty and attachment to a group with which one identifies – and to unlearn old habits.
Advice on generating esprit de corps at schools
Shared Vision: I first saw the power of shared vision when I was a Principal at a middle school in the USA. Once a month, I held a day of ‘family meetings’ as we called them – just to give kids a place to talk, grade by grade, about anything that they wanted to talk about. The topics ranged from citizenship in a free society, to racial stereotypes to dress codes,…But they always came back to the question of what they wanted from life and what they wanted from school. We talked about what it meant to have resilience or persistence; we’d talk about how you could get trapped by beliefs like ‘we don’t play chess, we play checkers’ or ‘we don’t play stringed instruments; we breakdance.’ And within a year of such meeting , we had kids in the school trying to do everything, including chess and playing violin, because they now believed it was appropriate to try. Shared Vision can be developed by deliberate conversations, supported by the community and the school.