Ready Player One – A Love Letter to Children of the 80s

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by Katherine Reilly

One of the most fondest memories I have of my childhood, is waking up on Saturday mornings, sprinting to the TV and with a bowl of cereal in my lap, watched cartoons. There was something magical about this decade that captivated not only myself, but everyone who grew up during that period of time. It was the 80s; a time when DeLoreans became synonymous to adventure and home gaming literally boomed in every household.

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Foreign Languages: Knowledge vs Certification

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by Katherine Reilly

Many a time, my students are overwhelmed by their anxiety as exam period looms over the horizon. Exams and certification – especially in Greece, have come to be interpreted as a matter of life or death, adding to young learners’ frustration.

What many scholars and parents neglect to comprehend is, what the true purpose of accumulating knowledge is. Are our children studying to learn, or are they meticulously trying to ‘master’ an evaluation test?

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A Heavy Load: Teens and Homework Stress

Teens on average have more than 3 hours of homework a night. That doesn’t leave a lot of time for after-school fun or even sleep. Now experts are questioning whether the amount of homework is leading to harmful levels of stress in teens.

“The Adventures of Ben and Friday” Ένα μακρινό ταξίδι που ολοκληρώνεται με το τελευταίο τόμο της τριλογίας.

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Είχα την τιμή να μιλήσω για την παιδική μου Τριλογία Βιβλίων στο περιοδικό INMYbook. Ο τελευταίος τόμος θα εκδοθεί τον Μάρτιο και θα είναι διαθέσιμος όπως πάντα στο Amazon, iTunes και άλλα, απο την Akakia Publications. Ένα μεγάλο ευχαριστώ σε όλη την ομάδα που με στήριξε.

(θα βρέιτε το αφιέρωμα στη σελίδα 34)

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«Γιατί να διαβάσω; Ο Μπαμπάς λύνει τις ασκήσεις μου…» Μία πικρή πραγματικότητα της σημερινής κοινωνίας.

Αγαπητοί φίλοι και αναγνώστες,

θα ήθελα να μοιραστώ μαζί σας ενα άρθρο που έγραψα πρόσφατα για το τελευταίο τεύχος του INMYbook. Οι εμπειρίες είναι αληθινές και παρά το χιούμορ που χρησιμοποιώ, καλό θα ήταν να σκεφτούμε, ποιός είναι ο πραγματικός ρόλος της εκπαίδευσης.

Μπορείτε να το διαβάσετε στη παρακάτω υπερσύνδεση (σελίδα 28)

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Showing Respect in the Classroom

One of the words that often eludes us, is the word ‘respect’. Respect, however, is not simply a word; it’s a way of life. For this reason, students should be taught the importance of respecting each other, from a young age. This could and should be accomplished in class, as a child’s personality is still blossoming. Share this video with others as we get to see what Kid President has to say about it.

Amazing Things Happen – What is Autism?

A few months ago, we examined how to teach students with Special Educational Needs (SENs), in an article I had written concerning this matter.

https://katherinereilly.blog/2017/09/20/teaching-students-with-special-educational-needs-sens/

A dear friend and colleague posted this video on his page, which shows us how autistic individuals perceive and cope with everyday situations. It’s definitely worth watching and highly educational, for both students and teachers alike.

Rote Learning vs Critical Thinking – Memory or Intelligence?

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by Katherine Reilly

Throughout history, numerous methods of teaching have been adopted in class; the most controversial of which, ‘Rote Learning’. Why is this method of teaching despised by modern educators? Does it have any merits? Should it be abolished completely? Below, we will examine the aspects of this teaching method as well as evaluate the benefits of modern teaching techniques such as the development of critical thinking.

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Should I Help my Child with his Homework?

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by Katherine Reilly

One of the most controversial questions which has generated a great deal of heated debate, is the one which ponders every parent’s mind. Is it a good idea to help your kids with their homework? If you’re a parent, you know what I’m talking about. It’s a parent’s responsibility to ensure their children have a bright future, assisting them by any means necessary. However, does this mean that you should also undertake the role of a teacher?

I have been teaching students of all levels and ages for the past fifteen years and based on my own personal experience, the answer is ‘no‘. You heard me correctly. I said it! Now, before I get bombarded by messages, let’s examine the reasons why you shouldn’t assist your children with their studies.

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