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When I first started working with young people, I was often struck by both the value, but also the limits, of role play. When I looked at what theatre had to offer, it seemed to offer something different, possibly something more. And so I went looking and I spent a lot of time with actors

Inspiration & Learning in unlikely places. Part 4 of 4: The world of Theatre

When I first started working with young people, I was often struck by both the value, but also the limits, of role play. When I looked at what theatre had to offer, it seemed to offer something different, possibly something more. And so I went looking and I spent a lot of time with actors

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I know! What am I thinking? Looking to the coaching of elite sports people for inspiration and learning? An area of life that is littered with the broken hearts of those who never made it; the spending of huge $$$ on what some would call shallow goals and trivial pursuits; and a field constantly accused

Inspiration & Learning in a VERY unlikely place! Part 3 of 4: Elite sports coaching

I know! What am I thinking? Looking to the coaching of elite sports people for inspiration and learning? An area of life that is littered with the broken hearts of those who never made it; the spending of huge $$$ on what some would call shallow goals and trivial pursuits; and a field constantly accused

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Okay, right at the beginning here, let me say that I do indeed recognise and acknowledge the importance of acceptance, contentment, and being satisfied with what we have; and who we are. At the same time, humans tend to want to strive; and what Imagination and Fantasy offer us is a sense of moving towards

Inspiration & Learning in unlikely places Part 2 of 4: Imagination and Fantasy

Okay, right at the beginning here, let me say that I do indeed recognise and acknowledge the importance of acceptance, contentment, and being satisfied with what we have; and who we are. At the same time, humans tend to want to strive; and what Imagination and Fantasy offer us is a sense of moving towards

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Humour and Comedy Sometimes wondrous things can be found in unexpected places. Which is what this series of posts is about. For those of us who work with young people, know young people, talk to young people…hang on! Is that just about everyone? …this particular post is about humour and comedy. And I want to

Inspiration and learning in unlikely places Part 1 of 4: Humour & Comedy

Humour and Comedy Sometimes wondrous things can be found in unexpected places. Which is what this series of posts is about. For those of us who work with young people, know young people, talk to young people…hang on! Is that just about everyone? …this particular post is about humour and comedy. And I want to

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Christchurch New Zealand is an interesting place to attend a conference on Positive Youth Development. And it’s more than an interesting place in the aftermath of the devastating earth quakes, to witness the many manifestations and symbols of the human spirit. Of any age. I went to Christchurch to attend a Hui. And as beaut

Positive Youth Development

Christchurch New Zealand is an interesting place to attend a conference on Positive Youth Development. And it’s more than an interesting place in the aftermath of the devastating earth quakes, to witness the many manifestations and symbols of the human spirit. Of any age. I went to Christchurch to attend a Hui. And as beaut

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This has been a fun thing to watch for years now. It’s something I do with the young people I work with, and with my own children. Basically: would you like one sweet now…or two later? And now we seem to have some evidence that those who say ‘later’ as children may well be arming

Young people – now or later?

This has been a fun thing to watch for years now. It’s something I do with the young people I work with, and with my own children. Basically: would you like one sweet now…or two later? And now we seem to have some evidence that those who say ‘later’ as children may well be arming

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These comments from the NSW Commission for Children and young people “In line with international trends, there has been a fall in the age of onset  of first sexual activity in Australia, exposing young people to a higher risk of  unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections,” Ms Mitchell said. The data, released today in the

Sex education needed…and it works

These comments from the NSW Commission for Children and young people “In line with international trends, there has been a fall in the age of onset  of first sexual activity in Australia, exposing young people to a higher risk of  unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections,” Ms Mitchell said. The data, released today in the

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This article from Wes Fryer who constantly writes about the foolish ways in which schools block students from internet access. Usually in the name of either rules and regulations or some comment about protecting children. Both of these things are important, but need to be based on common sense, reason, truth and a sense of

Internet, schools and silliness

This article from Wes Fryer who constantly writes about the foolish ways in which schools block students from internet access. Usually in the name of either rules and regulations or some comment about protecting children. Both of these things are important, but need to be based on common sense, reason, truth and a sense of

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This issue never goes away and it really can’t get enough airplay, general support and attention. Gay and lesbian young people being harrassed. This particular article has come via Richard Lenn again. Ta Richard. Keep em coming. ‘Bullying’s Cost: Teens facing harassment can’t wait till they grow up’ In Sydney, things are better than they

Gay and lesbian welcome?!?

This issue never goes away and it really can’t get enough airplay, general support and attention. Gay and lesbian young people being harrassed. This particular article has come via Richard Lenn again. Ta Richard. Keep em coming. ‘Bullying’s Cost: Teens facing harassment can’t wait till they grow up’ In Sydney, things are better than they

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So much talk about the digital age and what it means for children/young people…and we don’t really yet know the impact do we? Gotta wait a few years to find out. But here again is something to look at, and again thanks to to Richard Lenn for this link. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-16475278 I would like to hear

Digital generation

So much talk about the digital age and what it means for children/young people…and we don’t really yet know the impact do we? Gotta wait a few years to find out. But here again is something to look at, and again thanks to to Richard Lenn for this link. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-16475278 I would like to hear

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