What are the education statistics from around the world? What regions have the highest college graduations? Do teachers around the globe share similar teaching ideals?
Education methods and standards, including results, vary around the world. However, one essential ingredient is CRITICAL THINKING and ACTION LEARNING.
Most teachers see learning as a process where students are given the opportunity to actively engage in the classroom, rather than become passive recipients of information. Teachers realize that they need to encourage students to make their own inquiry, thereby supporting the importance of independent, critical thinking.
Welcome to Amazing People Learning. Teachers and facilitators can discover a unique suite of professional development resources that support ACTION LEARNING. These resources enable learners to develop problem-solving, communication and leadership skills that can contribute to organizations working more effectively.
Allowing students to practice tasks that require critical thinking or team work, will give them the skills and the confidence they need to enter the work force. These factors are essential in success in this highly competitive world. Classrooms with a positive atmosphere, where active teaching practices are developed, mean more students are fully engaged in the learning process.
What are the easy and the difficult parts of teaching? Some say, given the various face to face teaching requirements, that finding time to prepare is a major difficulty. Others say it is ensuring the control and management of the class. However, one topic comes up regularly. That is, what should one do in the first five minutes of a class?
‘The atmosphere and tone is set in the first five minutes.’ The students will be either turning on and becoming interested, or turning off and not concentrating. It is in the first five minutes of a class that a teacher sets the agenda and gains the involvement of students. It is necessary to provide a focus point to capture their attention.
Amazing People Worldwide has been working with schools in the UK, US and Australia over the past five years. Our mission is to raise student aspirations across our schools network through amazing people stories and associated cross-curricular learning. The Schools Resource Pack includes:
- A digital ebook and audio library that features hundreds of amazing people stories
- A learning toolkit developed for teachers, by teachers
- A Proactive Thinking Skills Resource, developed by educational psychologist Dr Charles Margerison
- Educational musical resources
Support for this approach has been overwhelmingly positive. Teachers and students tell us over and over again, how the stories of people make study and learning easier AND more engaging.
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Author Note – Dr Charles Margerison is a Chartered Psychologist. He was previously Professor of Management at Cranfield University, UK and the University of Queensland, Australia. The author of more than 30 books, he has developed Amazing People Library, an online subscription service for libraries that encourages inspirational learning. He has also developed the web-based Amazing People Skills facility, which provides access to the Margerison Communication and Problem Solving Model and Resources.