Amazing Performances

Is superior performance due to a natural gift linked to intelligence or practice? For example, was Mozart given a music gene and Shakespeare a writing gene that made them excellent at their craft? Given my interest in the lives and achievements of amazing people, I was interested to read the research by Anders Ericsson. Do high performers have superior powers of speed, memory and intelligence . Psychologists used psychometric tests…

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1 June, 2013
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Psychology and Amazing People

In the main, teachers gain their jobs because they qualify in subjects such as science, maths, history, or other topics in the curriculum. Each day, teachers then spend most of their time managing the behaviour of students and dealing with psychology issues, such as motivation, attention, perception, learning difficulties and so on. Few teachers are given guidance on the psychological issues. So, here is a short guide to what Amazing…

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28 May, 2013
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What Can You Achieve?

Mozart heard his father play the violin. As soon as he could hold the instrument, his father gave him lessons. No doubt, young Wolfgang said to himself, ‘I can do that, if I try.’ At the age of six, he gave his first public concert. Before long, he was touring the concert halls of Europe. Florence Nightingale did it in nursing. Charles Dickens and Mark Twain did it in literature….

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19 May, 2013
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Student’s and Teacher’s Views on Learning

15 April, 2013

When you were at school, did any of the teachers ever ask you to give feedback about their lessons and style of teaching? In my experience, teachers rarely get feedback on their teaching methods, particularly if the students are dissatisfied with the learning process. Students will be marked by teachers, so they are usually careful about what they say. Instead, the students go outside and complain to each other that…

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Learning Plans – More Action Please

15 April, 2013

I have just read a report on education. More money is spent, but there is concern  about the results achieved.. Politicians call for more research. Proposals are developed to improve the quality of teaching. But, the students are rarely consulted. They are the recipients and the clients. In many cases, they know more than their teachers, particularly on the use of mobile communications. Having visited a number of schools, it is…

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Shakespeare – An Amazing Leader

9 April, 2013

William Shakespeare has led the way. Yes, 400 and more years after he wrote his first plays they are still performed. There are now over 500 million people who speak the English language in various forms and accents. The name of William Shakespeare is known to most of them over the age of 10, even though they have not read one of his plays or poems. His ideas still are…

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