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Perspective: A Game Changer in the Classroom and in Our Lives

Perspective: A Game Changer in the Classroom and in Our Lives | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it

Teachers must recognize (and teach) that our perspective shapes our expectations and outcomes. Lori Desautels shares three practices for tuning into and altering perspective.


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Children will have better job choices if more of them have school choice - Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)

Children will have better job choices if more of them have school choice - Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog) | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
Children will have better job choices if more of them have school choice Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog) All parents should be free to choose a school that works for children so no child faces a lifetime of poverty, government assistance,...
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Can children and their parents really make choices when choosing a school?

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To the 12-Year-Old Student I Pushed Too Hard - Huffington Post

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To the 12-Year-Old Student I Pushed Too Hard
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Children with an attitude. Adults with no attention span. You. You are none of those things. You are a child without an attitude and an adult with the focus of a freaking ninja.
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Have we shattered children's dreams in the name of discipline and toughening them up for the world?

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Educational Leadership:Resilience and Learning:Handle with Care: A Conversation with Maya Angelou

Educational Leadership:Resilience and Learning:Handle with Care: A Conversation with Maya Angelou | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it

I'm not sure if resilience is ever achieved alone. Experience allows us to learn from example. But if we have someone who loves us—I don't mean who indulges us, but who loves us enough to be on our side—then it's easier to grow resilience, to grow belief in self, to grow self-esteem. And it's self-esteem that allows a person to stand up.


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Resilience is not achieved alone, I believe that it requires having someone, at least one person on our side...

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Adrian Bertolini's curator insight, September 16, 2013 4:55 PM

The building of self-esteem in young people is a developmental step towards knowing oneself as capable and able to belong in a community. The importance of resilience, and being able to rebound from failure and hardship, is critical to building self-esteem.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 16, 10:37 PM

We can still learn a great deal from Maya Angelou. Her poetry and poetic voice shine for us.

 

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, August 17, 10:36 PM

We have so much to learn from Maya Angelou. Sometimes we need to be still to hear the different messages that come out of the words. 

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Blendspace Joins Wikispaces and TES - Premium Features Now Free!

Blendspace Joins Wikispaces and TES - Premium Features Now Free! | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it

""Blendspace, formerly known as EdCanvas, is now a part of Wikispaces and TES. The Blendspace service will continue to run as a stand-alone service. The aspect of the merger that has the most immediate impact on teachers is that the premium features of Blendspace will now be free. The premium features allow you to collaborate with other teachers to creation of lessons."


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Possible dramatic changes in how lessons are prepared.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 31, 6:21 PM

Blendspace is joined Wikispaces and TES and now offers their premium services for free to educators! Why use Blendspace?

* It is easy to organize and share materials.

* The format is visual (which appeals to many learners).

* You pick the topic and you pick the materials: videos, links, images, files, etc.

There are additional features and you may use Blendspace to assess and track student progress. You might consider using Blendspace as a component to introduce blended learning into your class.

This post from Richard Byrne also includes a video that teaches you the basics of Blendspace as well as Flipping and Blending the Classroom.

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, July 31, 8:42 PM
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Blendspace is joined Wikispaces and TES and now offers their premium services for free to educators! Why use Blendspace?

* It is easy to organize and share materials.

* The format is visual (which appeals to many learners).

* You pick the topic and you pick the materials: videos, links, images, files, etc.

There are additional features and you may use Blendspace to assess and track student progress. You might consider using Blendspace as a component to introduce blended learning into your class.

This post from Richard Byrne also includes a video that teaches you the basics of Blendspace as well as Flipping and Blending the Classroom.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, July 31, 9:35 PM

That makes sense.

 

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Perspective: A Game Changer in the Classroom and in Our Lives

Perspective: A Game Changer in the Classroom and in Our Lives | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it

Teachers must recognize (and teach) that our perspective shapes our expectations and outcomes. Lori Desautels shares three practices for tuning into and altering perspective.


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Insights into how our perspective shapes our expectations and of course the outcomes  in our classrooms.  Three practices  for tuning and altering perspective.

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Blended Learning: Does Your LMS Make The Grade?

Blended Learning: Does Your LMS Make The Grade? | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
6 Success Factors for a "Blended Friendly" LMS By Caleb Johnson, Director of Strategic Accounts, Expertus Blended learning. Integrated learning. Hybrid learning. Flipped classroom. Whatever term yo...

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"Teaching just ain't what it used to be anymore..."  Factors that can help the learning experience for teachers and pupils.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, June 22, 1:25 AM

Flipped, blended, hybrid, seems like we did all this way back in the day... What's old is new again.

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The Future of Learning: Compelling, Customized, Connected & Competency-Based

The Future of Learning: Compelling, Customized, Connected & Competency-Based | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
There is an emerging opportunity to boost student achievement and improve working for teachers here in the U.S--and a huge opportunity to expand access to quality learning to every young person on earth.

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Expanding access to quality learning...for every young person on earth?

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Gust MEES's curator insight, June 13, 4:42 PM

There is an emerging opportunity to boost student achievement and improve working for teachers here in the U.S (and worldwide)–and a huge opportunity to expand access to quality learning to every young person on earth. That’s the most interesting and important thing anyone could work on.


===> The opportunity is to make learning more compelling, customized, connected and competency-based. <===



Lisa Marie Blaschke's curator insight, June 14, 11:34 PM

Compelling, customized (I like personalized better, but it's not a "C")' connected, and competency-based lea earning will all be a part of the future of learning. And as learners become more independent and are given an environment that supports freedom of exploration, they will also become more self-determined. Sounds like Heutagogy!

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, June 15, 10:22 AM

Thx to Gust Mees

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This App For Kids Could Kickstart A New Way To Gamify Learning ...

This App For Kids Could Kickstart A New Way To Gamify Learning ... | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
Nurturing the virtuous qualities that all children possess is easier said than done. For one Kickstarter project, ... Through 3D AR games and stories, children learn about virtues and their value in real-life scenarios.
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Teaching virtues through 3D AR games and stories....real-life scenarios.

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Homework, Sleep, and the Student Brain

Homework, Sleep, and the Student Brain | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
At some point, every parent wishes their high school aged student would go to bed earlier as well as find time to pursue their own passions -- or maybe even choose to relax. This thought reemerged as

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So...what's with homework , sleep and young people's brains?

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, May 29, 12:13 PM

This is a constant debate. Why is it so tough to make the choices that will benefit kids?

Allan Shaw's curator insight, May 29, 4:54 PM

This is well worth reading! We have been doing some work in this area with senior students and the school's senior psychologist. A healthy balanced life style of enough sleep and regular sleep routines, regular exercise, positive peer friendships and a good focus on blocks of study without social media distractions is a good formula for success in all areas. The notion of successful multitasking is a strong misconception amongst students. On the whole they do not know of the resultant diminished/less efficient learning.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, May 29, 6:21 PM

Thx Chris Carter

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Encouraging a Generous Spirit in Kids « SALT Corporation | Saving ...

Encouraging a Generous Spirit in Kids « SALT Corporation | Saving ... | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
As parents, we try to instill in our children our values. For many of us, a generous spirit is central to those values. Generous people not only contribute much to the world, but are themselves rewarded in terms of the loyalty, ...
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Teaching children to develop generosity, values and a loving spirit starts at home

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Read Aloud to Older Children! “Shared words have power that you can’t get from TV, radio, or online.”

Read Aloud to Older Children! “Shared words have power that you can’t get from TV, radio, or online.” | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
Reading aloud to older children -- even up to age 14, who can comfortably read to themselves -- has benefits both academic and emotional, according to researchers.

by Holly Korbey


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Very interesting, makes you reflect on things like the fact that children's reading level and listening level are not the same until later in their development.

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“The first reason to read aloud to older kids is to consider the fact that a child’s reading level doesn’t catch up to his listening level until about the eighth grade,” said Trelease, referring to a 1984 studyperformed by Dr. Thomas G. Sticht showing that kids can understand books that are too hard to decode themselves if they are read aloud. “You have to hear it before you can speak it, and you have to speak it before you can read it. Reading at this level happens through the ear.”

Research collected on middle school read-alouds showed that 58 percent of teachers read aloud to their students – and nearly 100 percent of reading and special education teachers. And, while middle-school students reported liking read-alouds, little data has been collected on the “extent and nature” of reading aloud to twelve- to fourteen-year-olds.

“Research indicates that motivation, interest, and engagement are often enhanced when teachers read aloud to middle school students,” wrote research authors Lettie K. Albright and Mary Ariail. Teachers surveyed for the study cited modeling as their number-one reason for reading aloud."

 
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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Lately, Coding

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Lately, Coding | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
Schools are signing up to teach computer coding, which some view as a basic skill for today, and the tech industry-backed group Code.org is pushing basic coding even for the very young.

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What do you think about schools signing up to teach computer coding to children?

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EARTH DAY 2014: Forward to Nature! Not Back. : The New Nature Movement

EARTH DAY 2014: Forward to Nature! Not Back. : The New Nature Movement | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
Field Notes from the Future: Tracking the Movement to Connect People and Nature
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Are we going back to nature in our schools and at home?

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How the Brain Learns—A Super Simple Explanation

How the Brain Learns—A Super Simple Explanation | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
eLearning professionals should learn more about the biological basis of learning. Check out this simple explanation.

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We need to know more about how the brain works in the learning process so that eLearning can be more effective.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 24, 7:53 AM

Are you looking for a simple explanation on how learning happens in the brain? The infographic above shows the shorthand version and a more detailed version is available in the post. Although this post is geared to e-learning the four processes that take place are also found in the traditional (and the blended) classroom.

Process 1: Getting the information which takes place in the sensory cortices. This is the time to touch as many of the senses as possible. Try to create lessons when introducing new material that include audio, visual and kinesthetic experiences.

Process 2: Make meaning which takes place in the temporal lobe. To make meaning of new information we must provide time for reflection.

Process 3: Form abstractions which takes place in the prefrontal lobe. The learner has received new information, reflected on the information and now begins to make meaning in their brain by making relationships, forming abstractions and creating new knowledge.

Process 4: Active testing which takes place in the motor cortex. The abstract becomes active, providing guides for future learning.

You will also find a link on this page which will allow you to download an eBook - Neuroscience Based eLearning Tips.

Chris Carter's curator insight, June 24, 4:35 PM

This is your brain ... this is your brain when it learns.

Shawn Wright's curator insight, September 6, 6:14 PM

Cool

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Pinterest for the Flippin' Classroom? 16 Ways Educators Use Pinterest

Pinterest for the Flippin' Classroom? 16 Ways Educators Use Pinterest | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
Pinterest isn't just for wedding themes, DIY craft inspiration, and pretty pictures — it can also be a great educational tool! Here are some creative ways educators are using Pinterest to enhance the learning experience.

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Pinterest as an educational resource  for inspiration,  activities and classroom tools.

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Roberto Rojas's curator insight, August 14, 7:39 AM

A new learning model to try

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Natasha Georgiou's curator insight, August 14, 6:32 PM

Useful ideas in how TLs can use Pinterest as a way to resource the curriculum.

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Transforming Education Starts In Your Classroom

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Transforming Education Starts In Your Classroom

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Transformation starts  in your own classroom...don't pass the opportunity around , do something

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 9, 7:47 AM

I wonder so many reformers are outside classrooms? Some I know spent little time in classrooms, racing through them, and pronouncing themselves expert on what they only glanced at in passing.

 

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Quran Coaching's curator insight, August 9, 10:22 AM

The Quran-Coaching is the best platform for the quran learning by taking online quran classes.
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#quran #onlineQuran #islam #Tajweed

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Teaching Students Skills to become Better Online Readers

Teaching Students Skills to become Better Online Readers | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it

Soon after Maryanne Wolf published “Proust and the Squid,” a history of the science and the development of the reading brain from antiquity to the twenty-first century, she began to receive letters from readers. Hundreds of them. While the backgrounds of the writers varied, a theme began to emerge: the more reading moved online, the less students seemed to understand."


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Reading on line...a good habit? Here to stay?

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Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, August 1, 8:44 AM

Interesting article in the New Yorker on another digital controversy. 

Helen Teague's curator insight, August 3, 6:36 AM
Do students retain more information when they read from books rather than from digital devices? Does reading online present challenges due to distractions? Do students need to be taught skills to become better online readers?
Ruby Day's curator insight, August 3, 2:21 PM

Studies show we are not reading as effectively online as we are with hard copies. This highlights the need for tools to help us read deeper online - e.g annotation type tools. This links to an interesting stuy of year 5 students using collaborative annotation software demonstrating higher performance than the control group's' paper based annotation.

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How To Take Notes: Strategies That Set Straight-A Students Apart

How To Take Notes:  Strategies That Set Straight-A Students Apart | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
Most students take notes without thinking twice about it. It's what a good student does, what the professor expects, what everyone around them is doing.

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When do we start the habit of taking notes? Strategies to helpstudents...

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Jan MacWatters's curator insight, July 14, 7:03 AM

It's always a good idea to review not taking skills periodically...  Many students just highlight everything....without actually creating anything useful 

Laura Saavedra's curator insight, July 14, 1:54 PM

Good for students and even teachers!

LibrarianLand's curator insight, July 15, 9:27 AM

Long hand note taking appears to beat typed note taking in many instances.

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8 Types of Learning Events You Need to Have in Your Classroom

8 Types of Learning Events You Need to Have in Your Classroom | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
A good eLearning course requires the right combination of learning events. But what are these exactly?

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Learning events you need in your class.

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David Baker's curator insight, April 3, 8:36 AM

The infographic is a good summary but the blog is even better as a description. 

WEAC's curator insight, April 3, 12:29 PM

One of the best: 4. Exploration: It's the learner who has the initiative and takes control.

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, June 14, 8:52 AM

Me gusta el concepto de "Evento de Aprendizaje". puede que con él, si es suficientemente amplio, se pueda resolver el batiburrillo de métodos, técnicas, estrategias, procedimientos, protocolos, tácticas, etcétera, con la que nuestros profes se enredan más y más.

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3 Things Principals Should Look for in 21st Century Classrooms - Getting Smart by Greg Garner - BlendedLearning, Competency-based learning, Next-gen, Observations

3 Things Principals Should Look for in 21st Century Classrooms - Getting Smart by Greg Garner - BlendedLearning, Competency-based learning, Next-gen, Observations | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it

If your observation style is hands-off because traditional learning models permitted learners to be passive, it’s time to up the ante: get involved, talk with teachers and students, and become a co-learner and instructional coach.


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On becoming a co-learner and instructional coach...

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Children benefit from mindfulness just as much as adults -- Science ...

Children benefit from mindfulness just as much as adults -- Science ... | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
Science of the Spirit. Family .... Even simple things like positive affirmations and encouraging children to think before they speak can foster an environment of calmness, presence and compassion. "A child is imprinted with ...
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Mindfulness can start in the early years...positive affirmations, compassion and presence don't require your being a grown up

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School District 43 children learn the fine art of mural painting - The Tri-City News

School District 43 children learn the fine art of mural painting - The Tri-City News | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
School District 43 children learn the fine art of mural painting The Tri-City News Port Coquitlam, which has supported the project with funding through its Spirit Committee, said the mural, which takes up the entire east wall of the school to the...
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The fine art of mural painting opens horizon for 43 children.

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9 Reasons Parents Are Thankful For Teachers

9 Reasons Parents Are Thankful For Teachers | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
There are about 3.3 million full-time public school teachers in the U.S. And while the percentage of kids graduating from high school is the highest its been in 40 years, the lessons kids learn from their teachers aren't coming from just text books.
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9 Reasons Parents Are Thankful For Teachers: children are learning more than the regular curriculum, there is so much more than text books...

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Why Teaching Children to Be Tolerant About Diversity Just Won't Cut It

Why Teaching Children to Be Tolerant About Diversity Just Won't Cut It | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
We need to encourage young children to embrace and celebrate diversity.
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No Courses, No Classrooms, No Grades — Just Learning

No Courses, No Classrooms, No Grades — Just Learning | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
A Boston area innovation studio for middle and high school students is bucking the traditional school model for what students love best: hands-on learning.

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The power of Hands on Learning.

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Acharya Narmaada K.R.Das's curator insight, May 3, 12:24 AM
In India too This sort of Create Learning has begun .Know Books know Tension ,Know Born/Orthopedic problems.Each Country /State In World should agree .Education is only to teach Basic's But Innovatory Learning sure help over all / Malty functional ,Is for sure. Love & Blessings.
Ra's curator insight, May 3, 1:54 AM

Divorce your school from bells and national standards drive n data production in favour of connections. developing problem based learning requires questioning the structure that our schools operate within. Counter. Culture. 

AleksBlumentals's curator insight, May 5, 11:50 PM

Learning by doing has always been a pattern to master a craft. This is particularly true for the  new-normal which cannot simply be taught as it is not there yet. 

What i mean is that the higher skill of entrepreneurship must be mastered in the same way: by doing, but with an OS that enables better results