School’s out Friday

I saw this a week ago, and have been meaning to post it ever since. Ken Robinson is a brilliant presenter. He doesn’t always use slides, it’s often just his spoken voice delivering a powerful message about the need to transform education . He does this well with his personable nature and a touch of humour along the way. RSA animate adapted this effort from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken. If I were a principal, I’d forget about talking and use this to begin my next staff meeting; more educators need to hear messages like this as part of their professional development. For those who struggle watching a person speak, this animation should hold their attention for the full 11 minutes!

The actual talk went for 55 minutes, was entitled ‘Changing Paradigms’, and can be viewed below.

I’ve had a flat chat week, and been sick to boot.  (can you think of any more idioms I could pack in there!) I think the busy nature of the last couple of weeks caught up with me, and my voice gave out. I’ve been talking in very husky tones for the last few days and am looking forward to a quiet weekend of recuperation. Hopefully, I’ll be sounding more like myself by Monday.

Have a great weekend. Make the most of whatever comes your way. : )

4 Replies to “School’s out Friday”

  1. Hello my name is Malissa and I am following your blog for my EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama for Dr. Strange. I really enjoyed Sir Ken Robinson’s point of view we actually watched one of his previous speeches for our EDM 310 class. I fully agree with the ridiculous concept of ADHD of course I am also not qualified to make that decision but I have a 9 year old who is bored out of his mind when he goes to school and sit there for hours in one spot. I am glad you posted this video it proves that I am not crazy for going with the flow of things and making my child a zombie so he will learn how to score better on tests. I sure hope you get to feeling better soon you can check out my comments about your blog at
    Also if you have any advice on dealing with attention problems that may help integrating activities that would be great.

    1. Thanks for visiting Malissa and leaving a reply. I’ve taught many kids who would probably be diagnosed with ADHD, and yes, they are difficult to manage. I think we as teachers need to work very hard at building positive and understanding relationships with the students we teach. I have always worked hard at doing that, and found that if the kids knew that I had respect for them, they would deliver it to me in turn. That didn’t mean we didn’t have our rough days, but we had to work out together how we were going to manage situations when their behaviour became a problem. I do think that using new technologies with students can help to provide differentiation in our classrooms; we can find new ways to extend and motivate kids who find teacher directed instruction or even open ended tasks too difficult to manage.
      I’m impressed with the visitors from Dr. Strange’s class. It’s great seeing pre-service teachers being exposed to new ideas for teaching and learning.

      Jenny : )

  2. Hello, I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama and I am following your blog. I enjoyed watching the short video by Sir Ken Robinson I have seen some of his other work too thanks to Dr. Strange. Sir Ken Robinson is very innovative and his portrayal of how the education system has evolved is quite right. An ADHD is ridiculous but I am not at liberty to say that either because I am not qualified to make that statement. I am glad you are sharing this video maybe it will make people think outside the box. I hope you get to feeling better.

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