Everyone has three choices in life, no matter what your circumstances, from the richest to the poorest person. Everyone makes a decision about how to feel and how to behave, it is not imposed upon anyone. Choice it is something taught from a very young age, so children can and should know that there are consequences for their actions and there is no one to blame for what they do or say.
Malcom X was born on the 19th May 1925, he was the fourth of seven children and became an orphan at the age of 6. When his mother was sectioned, he ended up going from foster home to foster home; things did not get any better for him, as he fell into a life of crime until he was sent to jail. It was during this period of involuntary seclusion that he was introduced to the teachings of the Nation Islam. He transformed himself into a very successful student and influential figure during the civil rights.
Imagine – Invent – Inspire
STEAM STANDS FOR SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY,ENGINEERING,ARTS & MATHEMATICS.
Adults tend to look for inspiration in books, movies, personal stories and friends; but where do children go for inspiration? Children find inspiration in schools, through friends and at home. So how do you keep an inspiring household for your upcoming scientist, artist, architect, mathematician?
On this blog I want to share with you ten quotes that can inspire your child to keep those big dreams alive and stay on the journey of thinking big.
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British Science Week (11th to 20th March) is round the corner, and we want to wow children and young people
On this blog I want to share with you what we (The ATL Learning Centre) did last year during BSW2015; as you probably know we are crowdfunding to engage local children with Science,Technology,Engineering,Arts & Mathematics through workshops, presentations, excursions and events. British Science Week (11th to 20th March) is round the corner, and we want to wow children and young people in the area of Deptford (Lewisham) during this time.
I am not a person of many words, so I will allow physical evidence to do the talking, click the link below to watch clips from last year’s event.
British Science Week 2015
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By Rijole Bitata
Founder and Director
The ATL Learning Centre
I have been teaching for few years now, I have done a lot of supply teaching. I have taught in state schools and independent schools, and I always feel a more relaxed learning atmosphere in independent school settings.
I can remember this particular school in Dulwich, whenever I went there, children would be taken out of class to do one to one music with a specialist teacher. Everything seemed to run smoothly, there was no hurry to race to the next lesson, children were allowed to work at their own pace, while the teacher would supervise the whole class. The learning environment was calm and children work independently on their task. Behaviour management was minimum, just the usual, “stop talking and get on with your work”; nothing major.
I am not saying that independent schools are better, however they do believe in more progressive approaches.State schools do not place creativity as the pivot for children’s emotional and social wellbeing, as well as academic progress. I believe that creative thinking comes from allowing children to enjoy hands on learning experiences, where their creativity is allowed to flow in the fields of music, drama & art. This is what is lacking in state schools these days, emphasis on assessments and examination is driving creativity out of many classrooms.
The UK, is not an exception, China is facing greater levels of exam psychosis, which is driving well off parents to look for an alternative within private education. They fear, among other things, that their child is not able to have a proper relationship with the teacher, as communication between both, it is not encouraged. Also, they believe that private education is opening doors that can lead towards studying abroad or having better job prospects.
This is a really interesting article that I found on the BBC. Read more
Private Education Booming In China
by Rijole Bitata
The current UK government wants to see more young people in this country, going down the STEAM route (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics), if Britain is to compete with countries such as China, India or Japan for a place in the global economy.
STEAM IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS! What else? Let me tell you that is also of great benefit to children of all ages.
- It helps children to think outside of the box. There is only one option in the box, why settle for that? Children are free thinkers. They do not need a bounded imagination, it has to be boundless.
- It teaches them about social responsibility, children have a role to play in bringing solutions to local and global problems. Children are indeed the future! Let them be part of the future now!
- Hands on learning. You do not learn how to drive in a classroom, in the same way, children can not assimilate learning solely from books, they need action, they need powerful hands on learning experiences.
- Academic performance. It is not only assessments and exams that show you how well your son is doing academically, consider STEAM. It allows children to use Maths,English & Science all at once, learning becomes wholesome as oppose to random. Children find a purpose for reading and doing calculus, there is no way around it.
- Leadership. Children can develop high skills and abilities while learning STEAM. It can spark high levels of curiosity and excitement that can see your child becoming an expert. Experts lead!
- Stepping stone towards Entrepreneurial-ship. What if your children was the next Steve Jobs? It is possible, if your child loves any of the areas within STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts,Mathematics) and also he or she is attracted to business, why not?
- Thinking BIG. Anything is possible when you think big, if your child wants to be an astronaut, you can be hundred per cent sure that he will achieve his goal, provided you create the right environment, and that is true for any other dream that he or she might have.
- Character building. STEAM requires patience, there is not quick pill potion that will solve the task, project or idea at hand. Many trials and errors will not make your child a looser but a winner.
- Children are in control of their own learning. When it comes to STEAM children work at their own pace, and the focus is not in the exam or assessment, the teachers are not pressurised to submit data; the success is in the journey, not the destination.
- Better and wider career prospects. Your child could be travelling the world with STEAM, he could start his own business, he could be multitalented. He would be hundred per cent employable!
I hope I have given you an insight as to why STEAM matters! It is not only a government issue, it is also yours.
By Rijole Bitata