Powerful conversations to challenge our views and beliefs. This will show us how our truth may be different from someone else's truth but is not THE truth. True learning is not the simple acquisition of skills, knowledge and competences. It requires us to be flexible and open to change. Are you ready?
In this episode, I speak with Vikki Hill (Senior Fellow of the HEA) who is an Educational Developer in the Attainment Team in the Teaching, Learning and Employability Exchange at University of the Arts London (UAL). We talk about inequalities in outcomes at University and what we can do to remove inequitable outcomes in Higher Education Settings (and in lower educational levels).
Vikki has over 20 years experience in art and design education teaching, managing and examining in both UK and international contexts. Vikki works with staff across UAL to address awarding differentials and develop learning and teaching approaches in social justice and anti-racism. She has been leading the UAL Creative Mindsets project – that aims to reduce bias and stereotype threat as barriers to learning - since 2017. Her doctoral research is focused on educational development, critical pedagogy, compassion, bias and arts-based research methods in higher education.
UAL Teaching Learning and Employability Exchange https://www.arts.ac.uk/about-ual/teaching-and-learning-exchange
UAL AEM and Attainment: https://www.arts.ac.uk/about-ual/teaching-and-learning-exchange/aem-and-attainment
Decolonising the Arts Curriculum Zines: https://decolonisingtheartscurriculum.myblog.arts.ac.uk/
UAL Creative Mindsets: https://ualcreativemindsets.myblog.arts.ac.uk/
Interrogating Spaces Podcast: http://interrogatingspaces.buzzsprout.com/683798
BLACK, ASIAN AND MINORITY ETHNIC STUDENT ATTAINMENT AT UK UNIVERSITIES: #CLOSINGTHEGAP: https://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/policy-and-analysis/reports/Documents/2019/bame-student-attainment-uk-universities-closing-the-gap.pdf
Supporting Black, Asian and minority ethnic students during the coronavirus pandemic
Gurnam Singh (3 May 2020), Covid-19 does discriminate – so we should tackle its impact on BAME students.
Shades of Noir: https://shadesofnoir.org.uk/
Audre Lorde (2018) The Master’s Tools will Never Dismantle the Master’s House.
Want to know more about diversity and inclusion? How do we make our environment inclusive for ALL pupils and staff?
In this episode, I talk with Trystan Williams - Principle of Venturers' Academy and Executive Leads Primary Schools in the Venturers' Trust.
We discuss the needs of ALL young people and how we can help them cope with the way the world has changed so rapidly and quickly.
I am sure you will agree that Trystan brings wonderful insights and useful tips for young people, teachers, leaders and parents.
You can find Trystan on Twitter.
Do you tend to want to change the external conditions? What if we had a lot more power than we realised?
In this episode, I have an extremely powerful conversation with the amazing Caroline Ferguson, Mindset trainer. As a Mindset Trainer and cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist, Caroline helps business leaders overcome wellbeing issues like stress, imposter syndrome, limiting beliefs and low self worth.
By listening to this episode, you will discover how it is in your control to shape your own experience(s) through your thoughts and mindset.
Caroline will provide you with very useful tips and tools. If you want to know more, you can contact Caroline by visiting her website https://carolineferguson.com/ or on LinkedIn.
Are you worried about what is going to happen when our children go back to school? Are you worried about going back to work?
In this second conversation with Elizabeth Gillies - Educational psychologist based in London we talk tips and advice on how to handle transition back to work and school effectively - we discuss 'cultural agility' as a great tool for our 'tool box'. What it is and how it can be used by students, staff and parents alike.
You can find Elizabeth on Linkedin
Are you worried about what is going to happen when our children go back to school? Are you worried about going back to work?
In this episode, I interviewed Elizabeth Gillies - Educational psychologist based in London and we talk about the challenges and disruptions Covid-19 has brought over the last few months. Elizabeth discusses her work with young people in transition and how to deal with ALL our emotions and how we can support our children/pupils back (and ourselves).
You can find Elizabeth on Linkedin
Are you struggling to juggle 'working from home', homeschooling/family life and all the other tasks ahead of you? Do you often feel frustrated?
Then I would highly recommend listening to this interview with Nicola Huelin, multi-award winning, qualified and accredited business coach and mentor, with over 20 years' in business, Nicola has connected, coached and mentored hundreds of women through Mpower for mums in business.
She shares really good advice on what we can do to flourish in life.
This is the longest conversation, I have had so far but it was so worth it!
Listen to this conversation with Adam Dacey - Founder of MindSpace. He taught me all I know about Mindfulness.
In this episode, we talk about how he discovered Mindfulness and why Mindfulness has become so popular. We also discuss some of the more advanced practices and why they might be useful for us during Covid-19.
If you want to hear more about safer internet for all children and young people – whether they are gaming, communicating on social media, using apps or taking part in any other internet-based activity, then please listen to this interview with Lorin LaFave (Breck's mum) founder of The Breck Foundation in 2014 in response to the tragic murder of Breck Bednar, a 14-year-old Surrey schoolboy who loved science, computing and gaming who was groomed online.
You can watch Beck's last game here
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A fascinating conversation about an exciting topic on how the science of compassion and how adopting a compassionate approach can help improve well-being in Higher Education (and education/life in general) with Dr Theo Gilbert. I loved every minute of it and felt so inspired.
Dr Theo Gilbert is Associate Professor at the Learning Teaching Innovation Centre of the University of Hertfordshire.
Check out his website on embedding and Assessing Compassion in the University Curriculum.
You can check his profile here
He is also on Twitter
If you struggle with your emotions and would like to understand their roles and their importance in your daily lives, then I highly recommend listening to this wonderful conversation with Davide Antognazza who is based in Locarno Switzerland.
Davide currently works as senior researcher and lecturer at the Department of Teaching and Learning, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland. Davide does research in International Education, Teacher Education and Didactics. It's main interest is emotional intelligence in education. He as a Masters in Education from Harvard School of Education.
He is an expert on emotional intelligence and in this conversation we discuss emotions (all of them - positive and negatives) and why we need to 'befriend them'.
You can find him on Twitter
About to go to University? Worried for your child? In this conversation Louise and I discuss how to use positive change and transition knowledge to university transition (and any transition).
Louise is a coach and consultant supporting individuals and organisations to navigate the challenges and maximise the opportunities and outcomes of relocation and international employment. Through her coaching and training programmes, Louise supports individuals and dual career couples to navigate change and transition positively and build thriving professional and personal lives abroad.
Louise holds a MSc, in Occupational Psychology, a Certificate in Creating Positive Change, is an Enhanced Narrative Coach Practitioner and is a Certified Personal Performance Coach.
Louise is also host of the Thriving Abroad Podcast HERE and author of Thriving Abroad: The definitive guide to Professional and Personal Relocation Success HERE
If you would like to connect with Louise, you can email her Louise@Louisewiles.com
This week - I had a conversation with Owen Barlow - one of Bristol Insitute for Learning and Teaching (BILT)'s Student Fellows. He is currently working on the wellbeing in the curriculum project.
You can find out more about him here
We've had numerous conversations in the past but today we focus on Covid-19 and the move to online teaching and online assignments. How can we all (students and staff) remain motivated. We discuss what motivation is and how we can make the current situation work for us.
Thanks Owen for a wonderful conversation and for allowing me to reflect on this.
If you want to reach Owen - his twitter handle is @ob_owenbarlow.
In this episode I speak with Fiona Spargo-Mabbs. She shared her son Daniel's story with me and we talked all about drugs and the work she is currently doing through the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation. How can we support young people to make safer choices about drugs.
A powerful story that we all need to hear. Thanks Fiona!
The Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation
The websites Fiona mentioned were:
Talk to Frank https://www.talktofrank.com/
Other useful sites Fiona and her foundation refer parents to are:
Say why to drugs podcasts https://play.acast.com/s/saywhytodrugs/
Alcohol Education Trust https://alcoholeducationtrust.org/
Teen Tips https://www.teentips.co.uk/
I spoke with my colleague Dr Debbie Pinfold, Senior Lecturer in German and our topic was Covid 19 - is it a threat or an opportunity for education?
We discuss personal tutoring, the challenging experience of moving our teaching to online teaching and online assessments, stress and anxiety for staff and students.
If you want to find out more about Debbie and her amazing work- you can see her University profile here.
I hope you enjoy listening to this conversation as much as I enjoyed speaking with Debbie - thanks so much for a wonderful conversation!
I am really excited to be sharing this episode with the amazingly talented Bailey Parnell. We talk about the impact of social media on our mental health.
Bailey Parnell is the Founder & CEO of SkillsCamp, a soft skills training company, and was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women. Bailey is a TEDx speaker with near 1 million views (watch it here), an award-winning digital marketer, and a businesswoman with a talent for helping people develop the skills they need for success. Her work and expertise have been featured in Forbes, CBC, FOX, Flare Magazine, and more. Bailey is also currently completing her part-time Masters in Communications and Culture at Ryerson University with research looking into social media's impact on mental health, the results of which she presented at the World Youth Forum in Egypt.
If you want to find out more about Bailey - check out her website here
In this episode, I have a conversation with my American friend Debra-Jo Bright. Over the weekend I felt very ill and very scared of dying and admitted to friends and family how I felt and how scared I was. I LOVED this conversation. So good to openly discuss my fears and to hear Debra-Jo and Frank's story.
Debra-Jo's husband was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer 2 years ago. He's been living with cancer since. Debra-Jo shares their story, her views on death, spirituality, etc.
Again - some of my beliefs were challenged but I loved our conversation very much.
You can find her here www.TheBrightHouses.com
During the podcast she mentioned Julie Ryan - https://askjulieryan.com/ - it might be a bit too much for you (I know this is stretching my limits...) but feel free to explore further.
This is the meditation Debra-Jo mentioned https://youtu.be/VLqN25Mxx2A
Enjoy and I would love to hear your views on this topic.
This week I have been struggling with self-isolating as a family and you may have seen on my Facebook that I have given up on the whole idea of home educating the boys.
If you too have been having issues and experienced stress on how to juggle it all and 'do the best' for your children/teens, then you will absolutely LOVE this conversation with Emily Quandt. Such useful tips and Emily really challenged some of my beliefs around natural learning. Thank you Emily!!!
If you want to reach Emily - you can email her email is emily@FreetoLearnCommunity.com
If you want to see about an Agile Learning Center near them they can check the network map here: https://agilelearningcenters.org/#map
If you are looking for more info on how to support Self-Directed Education during this time at home there are tons of resources here: https://www.self-directed.org/
Finally if you are listeners more than readers, here is another helpful resource podcast of another mama doing Self-Directed Education. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fare-of-the-free-child/id1138611256
This week we speak with Dr Michelle Donah, Educator Life and Academic Coach at I heart Learning LLC in North Carolina, USA.
We talk about the importance of telling young people that they are already perfect as they are, how learning difficulties affect young people and what we can do as parents and teachers to empower them and not apply the deficit model to our parenting/education.
You can find more about Michelle here
Another international episode - this time with my friend Melissa Alexander who is a primary school teacher in the US (in Arizona) and Director of Joyful Empowered Living. She teaches empowerment programmes to students, teachers, and families who wish to discover more personal joy in life.
You can reach her by email: Melissa@joyfulempoweredliving.com
I am delighted to share this episode with Professor Corey Keyes at Emory College of Art and Sciences in Atlanta, USA. He is an expert in social psychology and mental health. His research centers on illuminating the “two continua” model of health and illness, showing how the absence of mental illness does not translate into the presence of mental health, and revealing that the causes of true health are often distinct processes from those now understood as the risks for mental illness.
Corey's flourishing and languishing continuum has been instrumental to my research and it is the reason this podcast, my business and my first book all have the name they have. As you will hear when you listen to this episode, it was such a pleasure and an honour to speak to Corey again and to have such an in depth conversation about wellbeing, positive psychology, flourishing and languishing.
Further information on Corey's work can be found here
I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed speaking with Corey.
Today I share our first international interview, with the wonderful Dr Eithne Hunt.
Eithne is is a State registered occupational therapist who has clinical, research and teaching expertise in the area of adolescent health. She is also an award-winning university lecturer who has developed innovative curricula on everyday activities and health.
We talk about adoslecent brain and her new programme 'Everyday Matters - healthy habits for college students' she is introducing at University College Cork, Ireland (UCC).
Read an article in Thrive Global about it
You can find out more about her here and reach her on twitter and her email is email@example.com
This week I share the interview I had with Dr Asha Akram, Neuroscientist and University Teacher from the University of Sheffield.
A must listen to for any of you who want to know more about sleep and how important it is for all of us.
We discuss what is sleep, why we sleep, society's veiw on sleep, the benefits of a good night's sleep, what happens when you're sleep deprived, sleep and mental health, how to get a good sleep, advice for parents with teenagers, advice for people who suffer from stress and anxiety and much more.
You can reach Dr Akram through twitter or via her webpage
Today I share my interview with Kelly Challis a Consultant Teacher at Driver Youth Trust. We talk about Systems Thinking and why it is a new and exciting approach for Education which will benefit institutions, teachers, parents and students alike.
You can find Kelly on Linked in or on Twitter.
I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed speaking to her.
Have a good week and a fantastic weekend.
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There is no magic wand, no silver bullet - just solutions specific to you as the unique, perfect individual that you are.
Find out what others do and see what you would like to start implementing in your own life.