The Wooden Spoon

The Wooden Spoon

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By Sixteenth Productions
Four high-achieving students redefine what it means to be successful beyond the books.

Traditionally, a wooden spoon is given to the person who comes last in a race. Instead of lingering on the failure of coming last, that same wooden spoon can be put to work and become something useful.

The Wooden Spoon is a podcast about success, but more importantly, what success really looks like after you finish school and take on the real world. It's no longer defined by a grade - it's about living a successful life that is unique to you.
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Looking back & moving forward | Reflection, highlights and memorable moments
We have arrived at the last episode of season one! This week Eve, Jade, Jack and Ruby discuss the important lessons they have learned throughout the last season, reveal funny moments from behind the scenes and chat about a prank that never made it online. Thank you so much for your support of The Wooden Spoon! It has been amazing seeing you enjoy the episodes each week, and we would love to hear more about what you would like next season. You can fill out our survey here: https://bit.ly/2Ip372f Make sure to follow The Wooden Spoon Playlist here: https://spoti.fi/2GRft2C Featuring Ruby Granger, Jade Bowler, Eve Cornwell and Jack Edwards.
46:53
April 10, 2019
Lost and found | Finding your sense of self and gaining independence
What do independence and sense of self have in common, and how are they different? Today’s episode of The Wooden Spoon explores this question, along with unpacking what it really means to be independent. Jade, Jack, Ruby and Eve share personal anecdotes about their own independence, explore whether your independence increases as you age, and discuss ways in which you can become more aware of your sense of self. Thank you to Rosetta Stone for sponsoring this week's episode! Listeners of The Wooden Spoon can get a crazy 50% discount on a Rosetta Stone language course. Get yours at http://www.rosettastone.co.uk/spoon Make sure to follow The Wooden Spoon Playlist here: https://spoti.fi/2GRft2C Featuring Ruby Granger, Jade Bowler, Eve Cornwell and Jack Edwards
41:48
April 3, 2019
It’s okay not to be okay | Mental health, stigma and self care
This week’s episode of The Wooden Spoon is diving deeper into the serious topic of mental health. We hear Jade, Ruby, Jack and Eve discuss the stigma surrounding mental health, how people approach mental health in comparison to physical health, as well as what schools and health care systems are doing to help. The group also share their own personal mental health experiences and insights into what they do to look after themselves on a day-to-day basis. Make sure to follow The Wooden Spoon Playlist here: https://spoti.fi/2GRft2C For further information on the topics in this episode, please visit the amazing websites below: https://www.thecalmzone.net/ https://www.samaritans.org/ https://www.mind.org.uk/ Featuring Ruby Granger, Jade Bowler, Eve Cornwell and Jack Edwards
42:57
March 27, 2019
Follow the leader | Responsibility, teamwork and great leadership
Click here to find out more about Unite Students' social responsibility initiatives - https://bit.ly/2U1oayp Another episode of The Wooden Spoon, and this time we're chatting all about leadership and responsibility. We hear the group discuss what makes the difference between a leader and a manager, the importance of teamwork and how you can take on a role of responsibility within your community. Can anyone be a leader? Is being bossy seen as something negative? This episode also discusses the elements of being part of a team, including taking on different roles, dividing tasks and building trust between team members. Make sure to follow The Wooden Spoon Playlist here: spoti.fi/2GRft2C  Featuring Ruby Granger, Jade Bowler, Eve Cornwell and Jack Edwards
33:59
March 20, 2019
I’m too busy! | Saying "yes", burnout and spending your free time
What does hip hop and Harry Potter Society have in common? They're both extra-curricular activities that are discussed in today's podcast! This episode explores the various ways that you can spend your free time, how taking a break can improve your productivity and the numerous benefits to extra-curricular activity. We also look at how you can take on too much, and whether there is validation in being busy. Make sure to follow The Wooden Spoon Playlist here: spoti.fi/2GRft2C  Thank you to VC Students for sponsoring this week's episode! If you are a student, sign up here to be the first to hear about #FOMO Friday every week: http://bit.ly/VCSpoon Featuring Ruby Granger, Jade Bowler, Eve Cornwell and Jack Edwards
44:57
March 13, 2019
If not now, when? | Proactivity, productivity and seizing opportunity
Episode number 3 is here! This week we hear the group discussing the difference between being proactive and being reactive. Are you a proactive or a reactive person? Eve, Jade, Ruby and Jack discuss how to improve your overall level of productivity, say "yes" to more opportunities and take steps to becoming more proactive. Make sure to follow The Wooden Spoon Playlist here: https://spoti.fi/2GRft2C Thanks so much to the Financial Times for sponsoring this episode. FT.com is free for secondary schools anywhere in the world. Teachers can register their schools and then 16-19 year old students can create their own login at www.ft.com/schoolsarefree Featuring Ruby Granger, Jade Bowler, Eve Cornwell and Jack Edwards
32:33
March 6, 2019
The Perfectionist Generation | Self-criticism, social media and questioning 'perfection'
The second episode of “The Wooden Spoon” explores perfectionism and how the concept of 'being perfect' changes throughout life. We hear the group discuss personal moments of self-criticism from University and work life, the impact of social media, and the journey to finding acceptance with imperfection. This episode also dives deeper into a discussion about clinical perfectionism and what can be learnt from failing to be perfect. Make sure to follow The Wooden Spoon Playlist here: https://spoti.fi/2GRft2C Featuring Ruby Granger, Jade Bowler, Eve Cornwell and Jack Edwards Mentioned in this episode: - Herman Hesse - The Glass Bead Game - R. Shafran - Clinical Perfectionism: A Cognitive-Behavioural Analysis  - Amanda Ruggeri - The Dangerous Downsides of Perfectionism  - Rahul Kanakia - Enter Title Here
38:11
February 27, 2019
Sorry, your application was unsuccessful | Rejection, failure and university
Have you ever been rejected? Have you ever failed at achieving a goal? Episode 1 of "The Wooden Spoon" explores how the definition of failure is subjective, as well as discussing society's view on failure. We hear about the group's biggest personal rejections (such as being rejected from top universities like Oxford and Cambridge) and consider what comes after failure - reflection, growth and ultimately success. Make sure to follow The Wooden Spoon Playlist here: https://spoti.fi/2GRft2C Featuring Ruby Granger, Jade Bowler, Eve Cornwell and Jack Edwards Mentioned in this episode: - Guy Winch - Emotional First Aid - TED Talk - ‘The Benefits of Rejection’ - George Ezra & Friends - Lily Allen - 100 Days of Rejection Experiment - Anna Wintour - The Late Late Show With James Corden - Oprah Winfrey: 5 Things You Didn’t Know - Vogue.com
31:53
February 20, 2019
Welcome to The Wooden Spoon
Ruby Granger, Jade Bowler, Eve Cornwell and Jack Edwards introduce you to their brand new podcast, "The Wooden Spoon". Listen to snippets of the upcoming episodes and find out the real meaning behind "The Wooden Spoon". Our first episode is going live next week, so make sure to subscribe to the podcast so that you don't miss it! Produced by Sixteenth www.sixteenth.co
04:01
February 14, 2019
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