Ripples & Reflections

"Learning is about living, and as such is lifelong." Elkjaer.

You Are Not Special

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Having given two Commencement Addresses* in my time at BIS – a nerve-wracking experience – and focusing on the positives* of graduation in each, this is a breath of fresh air. David McCullough Jr. has apparently landed a book deal based on this YouTube video of his address to the Wellesley High School Class of 2o12.

The Universe has no centre; therefore you cannot be it.”

We want to educate our students to be extraordinary for the right reasons – not give accolades for no reason. Watch the whole thing – it contains some great advice and messages about education.


The first was on ten life lessons to set you on your way (or something) and the second was on a guide to real life from Biology.

Author: Stephen

Director of Learning & MYP Coordinator at Canadian Academy, Kobe, Japan. Formerly MYP HS Science & IBDP Bio teacher and missing it terribly. Twitterist (@sjtylr), dad and bloggerer.

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