We would like to turn our blog into a lively one by inviting readers to give their views. Please remember that all comments need to be vetted, hence it might take some time before they appear online. Happy and fruitful discussion!

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Homework: Yes or No? How much?

The benefits of homework has been debated by teachers and parents for years as the very word might evoke some negative connotations to everyone involved: students, parents and teachers. Although some people think of homework as doing more harm than good by causing copious amounts of unnecessary stress to everyone, others believe that it has great advantages for children by encouraging them to think more independently outside the classroom. A thought provoking article is found here.

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I didn’t have breakfast today!

It’s not unusual that students come to school with an empty stomach. It means that they are not comfortable going for lessons as their stomach keeps asking for food! Studying is like doing a physical exercise: the mind will ask for a lot of energy. Where will it come from?

Many Maltese schools are providing breakfast for our young ones. What’s happening? Some claim that they wake up late and there is no time for breakfast. Others are simply lazy bones! How can one prepare a simple, practical but fast breakfast? Just have a look at this article and one can discuss with his/her own teenagers/parents.

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I can’t remember what I have just read!

It’s a statement made by most students who would like to remember what they have just read especially when it comes to textbooks. Yet sometimes it seems that all is forgotten once the book is closed. Are there any ways to help their memory? Do adults have the same challenge?

What method do you use to remember what you have just read? Would you like to share it with others? In the meantime, read the article.

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How can we educate our teenagers in the 21st century?

It’s the multi million dollar question: how can we educate our children in the 21st century? It’s not easy to give an answer. Besides, no family has the same personal history! It becomes truly complicated. But it doesn’t stop us from urging a wide and comprehensive discussion from our readers….Click here.

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How many ‘soft drinks’ do you drink?

It’s public knowledge that most of our teens like to drink ‘soft drinks’. It is another challenge of how to convince them to go for alternatives and more healthy drinks. As usual in education we need to understand our teens’ needs and opinions and try to match them with what adults call  a healthy drinking life style. A good article for discussion is found here.

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Do Plants count ?!

We know that some students hate mathematics, numbers, counting……but what about plants? Do they know how to count? What do you think? Which living organisms have a brain? How about a scientific discussion? Watch the video here.

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The 3 Different Learning Styles

Teachers and parents know quite well that what’s so interesting for one student, for another student is rather dull! People are different. Different people learn through different methods. Some students complain that nobody has ever showed them how to study. They feel at a loss. Well this article tries to help students to get to know themselves better in order to find the right method for their personality. Would you like to give it a try?

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Didier Deschamps: ‘In today’s society an 18-year-old wants everything and they want it straightaway’

There are a lot of comments about the young people of today. The latest comment comes from a sports man who is used to work with young people. He has worked with many of them. We are inviting our readers to discuss and share their opinion…..Read the article here.

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We have interactive white boards plus laptops in our classrooms today. Shall we add more technology or shall we have less? What do you think?

Some people have technophobia (they hate technology) or technophilia (they love technology). In any case, whatever makes part of the classroom or the teaching and learning method should help students, teachers and parents too. Click on this link for further reading….

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Is it easy for parents and teachers to educate in a world full of screens (tablets, mobile phones, computers, playstation…..) ?

Some of our kids are glued to their mobile phones or spend endless hours playing the playstation……….Read article here.