Good teachers are made not born!

by Darren on March 27, 2015

Below is a link to a long but very interesting article on how to teach more effectively. I think we already know that good teachers or trainers are what makes the difference but a quote in the article makes it very clear:

“Professor John Hattie, of the University of Melbourne, has undertaken a rigorous assessment of the thousands of empirical studies that have been carried out on educational achievement. He concluded that, other than the raw cognitive ability of the child herself, only one variable really counts: “What teachers do, know and care about.”

The article references a book title ‘Teach like a Champion’ which you can access at Amazon if you are interested.

Read the article from the Guardian here

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Have you got a logo?

by Darren on March 25, 2015

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Here is a fun, simple website which helps you to design a logo. Maybe you need one for yourself or maybe you want your participants to create one for a project that they are working on. Give it a try.

You can find the logo creator at Hipster Logo Generator

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International Body Language

March 23, 2015

I recently had the great fortune to train a group of people representing 10 different countries. It was a great learning opportunity for me as I was discussing performance management and we had some excellent debates about how people are managed differently across the world. Recently a participant asked me about cultural differences and I […]

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Sunday Zephyr – Flying

March 22, 2015

I hope your week went well and your Sunday is, so far, relaxing. It was a relatively quiet week for me but next week is flat out, day and night. I am looking forward to the week as it has some unique challenges but I also hope that I fly through it unharmed. Below is […]

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Bad Bosses

March 20, 2015

I have been doing a great deal of training around poor management and bad bosses lately, with more to come next week. The slideshow below highlights 12 characteristics of horrible bosses which brought back some bad memories of some poor management I have experienced in the past. On a positive note I have also added […]

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Being smart in meetings

March 18, 2015

I hope you enjoy the article below on how to look smart in a meeting. Some good ideas but also funny when you spot someone doing any of the tips below. Read the article here

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Learning Books

March 16, 2015

As you are aware I am very vocal about continuous learning and I thought that you might enjoy this list of books on learning. I must say though, that I have only read one of them which is Thinking Fast and Slow and despite that fact that it covers very interesting concepts it was by […]

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Sunday Zephyr – Funny Assessments

March 15, 2015

Being a Sunday this is most likely not a day you want to think about assessments but the following article contains 21 funny assessment results. You probably have your own. I remember marking a participant’s assessment online and regularly writing on it – correct, as I had nothing better to write but wanted to let […]

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Creative Myths

March 13, 2015

I think that being a good trainer requires a good dose of creativity. Some people seem to have natural creativity where others really struggle to be creative. If you really think you are struggling creatively this short slideshow might make you feel better. 10 Creative Myths Debunked | London Business School from London Business School

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Learning tips

March 11, 2015

Did you know that choosing a complex career protects your brain later in life? That is just one of the 15 surprising facts you will learn about learning if you read the article below. Read the article here

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