Aha! WellBeing is Selected to the Second Round of the Hundred and Lego Social and Emotional Learning Spotlight

Woho! So fun! HundrEDorg + The LEGO Foundation have a spotlight on innovative programs that support social and emotional learning.

🙏Please keep 🤞🏻fingers crossed🤞🏻 as our Aha! WellBeing program, including JustMove + The Athlete’s Mindset has just been selected to the second round as an innovation in education 😃😃

🌊🏄‍♀️Read about the program here : HundredAha WellBeing Innovation for Hundred and Lego Social and Emotional Spotlight

📩Email us ( the worlds maybe longest email address ? ) ahaacceleratingeducation@gmail.com

Podcast for Game Changers in Education

In my extended staff room, i.e LinkedIn, I meet so many inspirational educators from all over the world. One of the common denominators amongst them is to reinvent education and ignite student agency.

Here is a podcast that I can warmly recommend: The Game Changers podcast. You find it on Spotify . Here is what the founders say about their podcast:

The Game Changers podcast celebrates those true pioneers in education who are building schools for tomorrow.

A game changer is someone who not only talks about change but is actually doing the changes, is courageous enough to pave the way, trying new things.

Listen to this episode where educator Pernille Ripp speaks about student agency, student led activities and how teaching and learning is not a straight line activity.

Join the conversation about the future of education.

/ Yvette Larsson

Student-led learning experiences

“We are moving from an era of mass education, when students flexed to the pace of the curriculum, to an era where the curriculum can move to the pace of the student” – Sal Khan / Khan Academy.

With the digitalization HUMANS ( at any age ) CAN design an individual education plan more easily than ever before. Differentiation is key. Different people need different things.

The time of the one-fits-all education is long gone. Passed that station. So 1998.

We want to encourage a lust for life-long learning.

My 10-11 year old PYP5 students are working as if they were project managers organizing their work on Google Drive, writing and presenting pieces with tools and apps that many adults do too. The students talk to each other on WhatsApp and they create groups for their projects, they make short tutorials and put them out on YouTube for the benefit of other students ( yes, with their parents permission).

When I work with kids and learning ; age almost fade away. There is so much that kids CAN do and with the digitalization there is no end to how far a kid can reach, world wide #gretatunberg #malala.

This is one of the things I’m talking about on LinkedIn, with educators from all over the world.
See you there?

The Benefits of Reading

Published here : https://www.scrisulfacebine.ro/2018/01/05/the-benefits-of-reading/

Everything great that ever happened in this world happened first in somebody’s imagination – Astrid Lindgren, Swedish author.

The benefits of reading are fundamental to the way we learn, accumulate knowledge and express ourselves as human beings.

When we read we learn about ourselves and others.

We become better at relating to and understanding other people. Hence, a reader may be more opt to have a higher sense of empathy for other fellow human beings. Empathy is part of our emotional intelligence and will help us to be patient and tolerant with others, and more easily see things from other people’s perspectives.

Reading improves our vocabulary.

There is a difference between the words we use when we speak, and the words we use when we write. When we read we become exposed to more types of words than when we don’t read. Therefore we develop and expand our vocabulary, and consequently learn to express ourselves in a more detailed and more purposeful manner. Instead of saying: ‘I saw a dog’, we would say, for example : ‘ I saw a Pug puppy ‘. Instead of saying: ‘ I would like to eat some good food and drink a glass of wine’, we would say : ‘I am longing to eat a delicious chicken ciorba with a hot chili, a red onion and smantana. To that a fresh glass of white Jidvei wine ‘. We are more capable of making distinct choices of words and at the same time articulate our needs better. When we read we become better at describing people, places and situations in an accurate way.

Our self esteem grows with the achieved expressive vocabulary.

We will be more confident to speak in front of other people and make ourselves heard. When this is the case we can more meaningfully take charge of our own lives and we can invite people to work for common causes, with us.

We become solution finders by reading.

When we are exposed to problems in a fictive story, we use our cognitive skills to find creative solutions. This helps us in real life, when we think of how to overcome challenges. Imagining solutions also make us more innovative. If we grow an innovating mindset , we will be more apt to solve problems in society and in our communities. Our imagination is stimulated when we read, and the door to dreaming big is swung open, when we read fictive stories. This helps us to explore who we are , our talents and find our purposes in life.

Reading helps us practice endurance.

Reading is not a quick fix and we have to be concentrated when we read. A better concentration assists us to focus better, stick to our goals and be more resilient. Resilience is important, so that we don’t give up on a dream or a plan. Setting high goals for ourselves and our communities, is the number one factor when it comes to development, according to Professor John Hattie, re-known researcher in the field of education.

Reading is like a work-out for your brain.

It takes your analysing skills to the next level and you can identify situations quicker, hence make more accurate decisions. Reading helps you to achieve a better memory and reduces stress. Reading before bedtime will make you calmer and relaxed.

Better writer.

When you read you are exposed to infinite creative ways of expressing oneself. By being stimulated by expressive texts yourself, you may as well become the next big poet , because reading also makes you a better writer.


When you read you become a better storyteller. Us human beings have always been storytellers, ever since we could express ourselves with cave paintings some 30 – 40.000 years ago. When you are an eloquent storyteller chances are high that you will be listened to, taken seriously, and in this way may be one of the people who can imagine a better world and will pave the way and change the world to a better place.

Yvette Larsson

Språklärare på IB

Reimagine education.

Nyfiken om lärande ?

Fråga mig.

Det är söndag och jag älskar att planera lektioner. Jag har 18 stycken i veckan. Jag får plocka ur olika register då jag har 6 olika årskurser. Jag och lärare generellt , är duktiga på logistik och project management. Det pushar mig att vilja utvecklas hela tiden!

På IB jobbar vi med units/ teman. Vi har ’attitudes’ vi ska få med ( vad är en bra attityd till detta tema ? Vad behövs ?) , olika ’ skills’ såsom ’ research skills ’, vi har ’learner profiles ‘ vilket betyder ett förhållningssätt till lärandet exempelvis : kommunikatör , öppen, modig , reflekterande.

Som språklärare jobbar jag också med olika genrer vad gäller skrivande, såsom faktatext, poesi, osv.

Vad gäller läsandet så läser vi högt, vi läser i grupp och vi läser individuellt. Vi hoppas också att föräldrar uppmuntrar sina barn att läsa hemma också : https://lnkd.in/gSW_VKa.

Vi övar att tala inför andra. Jag plockar med mig några tips från att själv ha talat på Tedx.

Sedan jobbar vi med growth mindset och hoppas att eleverna ska fortsätta vara ” inquirers” så länge de lever !

Nyfiken på utbildning ? Fråga mig !

#IB #learnerprofile #skills #education #reimagineeducation #growthmindset #teacher #tedtalks #tedx #benefitsofreading

Gjorda av PYP1, ISH.