Leadership Understanding in Grade 3

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We were impressed about the homework that connected with Alex’s unit of inquiry in grade 3. The central idea is: “Leadership can be exhibited in different settings and scopes”.

Through the key concepts of form, perspective and responsibility, students inquire about the characteristics of leaders, circumstances that shape them, and various opportunities for leadership that they can explore in the community.

Using his thinking skills, researching and communication, Alex shortlisted his grand mother, Khaled Abdul Malak, his mother, Sue, a Stamford educator, and he decided to illustrate  Marcus Smith and his leadership skills in the homework. Marcus is the founder of InnerFight, and he is a highly qualified performance coach and an international athlete. Although they have met only a few times in Marcus’ Dubai based gym (once at 5.00 am), Alex is definitely inspired and has a strong understanding of the powerful messages sent through living this lifestyle. His perspective on leadership is exemplified in the homework.

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Thanks to Mandala Barab, Alex’s class teacher  and the group of educators collaborating on the unit’s strategies, grade 3 students are starting the year equiped with meaningful experiences that empower them to make connections and transfer them into real life.

 

Special Play Holiday

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Weeks ago, my friends asked me about computer games or applications that I would recommend for children. Without using any searching engine, I do have my favourite ones, as an educator and parent.

Usually, our children ask for the iPad to see a movie or cartoons. I do my best to distract their focus so I created a “Special Play” folder, that is designed only for gifted children who want to experiment the ultimate games. If you have children, you know what I mean.
When they ask for the iPad to play, we mirror it on a big TV screen. Interesting enough, they take turns, encourage each other and compare their results. After 20 minutes, my son would be sweating like a marathon runner and my daughter would run to the kitchen, screaming for water.
One solution for rainy days, that can save money and time. Ladies and gentlemen, Special Play list of apps:

Bit Breaker

Dungeon Run

Pop Flux

Bird Up

Sport Search

Brain Jump

Ned the Neuron

Have fun this holiday!

Fit’n’Wit Kidz – Meaningful Fitness

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Fit’n’Wit Kidz’ is a program designed and planned as an entertaining fitness activity focusing to offer a better understanding of living a healthy lifestyle by students and parents.

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Fit’n’Wit Kidz. Physical. Education. Fun.

‘Fit’n’Wit Kidz’ is an activity where we practice basic movement skills and co-operative games with a high dose of fun.

This is a personal project that started seven years ago in my previous school. Together with my wife we are continuing to enjoy this activities and absorb the students’ energy every week.

During exercise we stimulate the brain plasticity by generating the growth of new connections between the brain cells.Our brain produces new neuronal connections when we are physically active. The students are more alert, better able to pay attention, learn and remember new things immediately after doing physical exercise.

Fit’n’Wit Kidz. Mental and Physical Exercise. 

We focus on learning experiences with both physical and mental components. It is well proven through extensive research that this type of approach has a higher impact on cognitive functioning over exercise or mental tasks alone. The best health workouts in the Fit’n’Wit Kidz club are those that integrate different parts of the brain such as coordination, rhythm and strategy.

Have a look at the video and leave your thoughts below.

Stay strong!

References:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15159540

http://www.brainrules.net/about-brain-rules