What Problems Do you Want to Solve?


Did you catch the mindshift in education recently? It started when a casappicture from a conference where Google Chief Education Evangelist Jaime Casap spoke.

“Rather than, What do you want to be when you grow up? Let’s ask, What problem do you want to solve? … This changes the conversation from who do I want to work for, to what do I need to learn to be able to do that.”

Mind blown.

Educators, parents, those working in corporate all united in a wave of re-tweets, FB re-posts, and re-sharing on Google+. Everytime I saw this quote, I flashed back to my childhood when adults would ask, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Once I gave a standard response (librarian was my dream job, in case you are wondering), the conversation ended. As a school counselor, I am guilty of asking that same question to my students…

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Inclusive Education -Breaking Barriers

pmateini's Blog

The world needs all kinds of minds” – Temple Grandin

Hello There,

Today is the international day of persons with disabilities and it is not an ordinary day to remember their rights but also a day to reflect what we have done to include millions of people around the globe in our society and also in our classroom.

First of all, Do we really know what means inclusion? I looked for some definitions and according to Oxford dictionary is the action or state of including or of being included within a group or structure.

After this definition, I tried to focus on educational issues, in which my research is focusing on incluisve education. Most of the time, we are not ready to include our students with disabilities in regular classes. Interviewing and observing some teachers and classrooms in Brazil, I have to say that it is a long road…

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Unconventional College advice.

Jessica's Journeys

Two exams down, two to go. Supposing I make it through Friday, I will have made it through my first semester of college. Wow. It has been crazy to say the least, yet it has been good.I thought I was completely prepared for college, but turns out I was wrong! There are some things about college you cannot learn from a pamphlet, tour, college prep curriculum or orientation–you have to experience them for yourself.

In high school when I googled advice for college freshmen I came up with a plethora of articles with the same information stated over and over again go toclass, go to office hours, get involved… and none were overly helpful. So, I decided to compile a list of unconventional college advice (or advice no one told me), based upon my experiences, to try and aid those trying to figure college out.

If class starts…

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5 Tips for Facing Finals

Don’t miss these useful tips for finals!

Growing into Twenty

I’ve always had good and bad vibes when it was time to take finals. For some reason for the whole semester I think that everything’s going well but when finals time comes around it’s like all of my professors came together in a meeting and decided how to make the most stressful three weeks of the semester. I would have three projects (two of them a group projects, of course) and five papers due, three tests and maybe a quiz… or ten. But it’s OK, because right around the corner is winter break or (summer break, depending on the semester). So I suck it up and grind til the end.
I wanted to share some tips with you guys who are preparing to take finals (or facing any other big challenge):

Tip #1: Stop pulling all nighters

More than likely you’re doing more harm than good. If you pull an…

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IGCSE and the IB system of education



An increasing number of high schools in India are offering international programs   like the IGCSE and ‘A’ levels of the British system and the International Baccalaureate of the Geneva Board. This often creates a dilemma for parents making a choice. There is no perfect argument to support any one system over the other as each Board has academic strengths and differs marginally from the other.

Small class size with close interaction between students and teachers differentiates these international schools. Both the international curriculums ( IGCSE and IB)  aim to  develop  critical  thinking ,analytical  skills,  investigative abilities and problem solving approach. There is equal acceptance of both A levels and IB boards for admissions to universities in India and abroad.

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) offers a more broad based curriculum than the ‘A’ levels as it follows a holistic approach to academic and personal development. This translates into all students pursuing several disciplines to…

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