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Does school kill creativity?

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity. Check out his ideas.

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How much? Is someone pulling my leg?!

House hunting is time-consuming and extremely stressful.  In addition, when you are broke, it is also thoroughly soul-destroying.  How do you get on the property ladder when you can´t get a mortgage, and you don´t want to live in matchbox?

285,000 euros, seriously, someone is pulling my leg!  This is what I call daylight robbery.  And, as importantly, what is the local council doing to ensure that cities provide affordable property for local residents?

As an aside, Edward Elgar is a well-known, and much-loved, British composer from the 20th century. He composed one of my all time classical favourites, so if you want to switch off, chill out and forget your daily problems, then why don´t you listen to Elgar´s Nimrod; it is a life-affirming piece which will warm even hearts made of stone.

St Valentine´s Day: It´s all about love!

Valentine´s Day: Do you love it, or do you loathe it?

Personally speaking, I am mad about it!  Why not?

OK, so we shouldn´t need a specific day to tell people that we care about them.  However, what´s the harm? You don´t have to buy into the commercial aspect of the day.  Take my advice, and buy into the sentiment of the day: All you need is love and affection. 

The pros and cons of some jobs

Jobs for StudentsImagine you are a careers adviser and you are talking to a group of students about getting work during their free time.

First, talk about the advantages and disadvantages of these jobs. Then decide which two jobs would be the best for students.

Here are some ideas to help you:

  1. Salary: Badly paid, well paid
  2. Role: Opportunity to practise foreign languages, develop new skills and abilities
  3. Type of job – skills and knowledge required: Low skilled work, technical job, strong communication skills, great interpersonal skills,
  4. Working Conditions: temporary contract, flexible working hours, unsociable working hours, no sick pay, great holiday allowance,
  5. Type of person required: Ability to work under pressure, adaptable, creative, a people person,  flexible, ability to work as part of team, ability to work independently, inventive, physically fit, strong emotional intelligence
  6. Additional: Challenging, boring, interesting, rewarding, educational, stressful, physically demanding, monotonous, wide variety of daily tasks

If you are interested in the topic of work, jobs and employment, why not check out the Work and Jobs section of this website.

Join a Málaga Meetup group!

If you are not part of a Málaga Meetup group, then I would thoroughly recommend that you join one .  It is, by far, the easiest and most entertaining way to network, learn something new, and practise your language skills.

In fact, I am a member of several groups, as they contribute to my professional development, and enable me to switch off, recharge my batteries and have fun with like-minded people.

 

Second-to-none

Second-to-none is a phrase which means the best of the best.  Yesterday, I ate out at a second-to-none Mexican restaurant.

Fruity friday stand up comedy: What does ‘ass’ mean?

Finnish comedian Isso,  explains some of the challenges that we face when we are learning a new language.  Isso explains the difficulty of getting his around the word: ass.

So, what did I learn from watching this video? Well, I learnt: If you don´t get this video, then you are a dumbass.  And, on the reverse, if you do get this video, then you are a badass.  Perfect, I get this video, so I am a badass.

The plastic bank

A good job stimulates the brain, challenges preconceptions, nurtures curiosity and encourages ambition and excellence.  Luckily for me, I have this.  Clients at Inglés Málaga are a talent bank; they come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and represent a broad variety of professions, trades and sectors.  However, they have two things in common, the first is that they are improving their English level; the second is that they teach me something every day.

Last week Paco, a high school maths teacher, (and an amazing illustrator) taught me the idea of monetising plastic waste.  He explained this complex idea really well, and I was over the moon with his use of advanced level English to persuade me of the merits to this idea. But after his class I thought: ‘’OK, but how would it work practically?’’ So, I started checking it out on the Internet and came across an organisation called The Plastic Bank which does this already. So, why not improve your English and stimulate your brain by listening to the CEO and founder of The Plastic Bank on his Ted Talks presentation: What if you could change plastic trash into cash?

The presentation is in English, and you can use the English transcript to improve word recognition and listening comprehension.   In addition, if you are a teacher, you could easily use this organisation in your classes to teach children mathematical concepts and economic theory.

You could also be inspired by two teenage girls who set up a campaign to ban plastic bags from the beautiful Indonesian island of Bali if you listen to their Ted Talks presentation: ”Our campaign to ban plastic bags from Bali”

So Paco, thank you; you have successfully challenged my preconceptions about recycling and plastic waste, and, demonstrated a level of English that many native English speakers would be envious of, well done! I´m also going to change the way I recycle, and ban plastic bags from my personal shopping.  You are a change maker!

And now my mind is on The Regional Government of Andalusia: I wonder, how can we encourage them to buy the cities´ plastic waste and convert it into credit for education, training and professional development? Come on La Junta, it´s time to put your tick box lists down the toilet, sack all the sycophantic bureaucrats, and start to really listen to the talent bank that you have walking on the streets of Málaga every day.  Furthermore, which one of you ego-centric government officials doesn´t want a legacy; go on, stand out from the crowd and do something inspirational.

Modal Mania: Employability abilities: Can you speak English?

Employability SkillsAccording to a well-respected international business magazine, the most important abilities that employers want from their employees are transferable skills.  For example, employers want people who:

  1. Can work in a team structure
  2. Can make decisions and solve problems with little supervision
  3. Can communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organisation
  4. Can plan, organise and prioritise work independently
  5. Can obtain and process information
  6. Can analyse quantitative data
  7. Can use computer software programmes
  8. Can create and/or edit written reports
  9. Can sell and influence others
  10. Can think for themselves
  11. Can adapt to new ideas, systems and processes

So, what do you think? Do you agree with the opinions of this magazine? And, as importantly, do you have any of the above abilities?

Experientially speaking, I can’t work in a team structure, I’m brilliant at making decisions but they aren’t always the right ones, I’m hooked on planning and organising, but I couldn’t sell an igloo to an Inuit.  So, in a nutshell, it’s a good job I’m self-employed.

I want a good job!

Factors important in a job

I want a good job?

OK, but seriously, who wants to have a bad job?! So, with this in mind, what does it mean to have a good job?  Have you ever considered what makes a good job? Is it more than just the salary and the holiday allowance?
From this list of key factors, how would you rate their level of importance? You might want to consider:

  1. Which three aspects are the most important for you, and why?
  2. Whether your thoughts have changed from when you were younger?
  3. Whether you think they will change when you are older?