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What is School? The Perils of Perfection

This week I am joined by the amazing team from the Not Perfect Hat Club, Jena, Marty and Beverly and we will be leading a discussion on The Perils of Perfection. Join us for what will be an incredibly popular #whatisschool chat.

This week we are starting at 6.30pm EDT with a special pre-chat to discuss the following question –> “Why is it so important to get a global conversation started between students, teachers and parents about perfection?”

This week #whatisschool will discuss the perils of perfection with #whatisschool creator Craig Kemp and guest moderators Jena Ball (author and illustrator of “The Not Perfect Hat Club”),  Beverly Ladd (a Skype Master Teacher), and Marty Keltz (Emmy award winning producer of the”Magic School Bus”). In the chat we’ll explore why so many of our students believe they should be perfect; how striving for perfection can keep students from embracing the gift of their own and others’ imperfections; and how story-driven projects could be the solution for recovering perfectionists.

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In this week’s #whatisschool chat,  we will be seeking your engagement to discuss the perils of perfection, embracing and helping students explore what makes each of us perfectly NOT perfect.

Our chat times for around the world are:

  • Thursday 4pm Pacific Time
  • Thursday 6pm Central Time
  • Thursday 7pm EDT
  • Thursday 11pm GMT
  • Friday 7am Singapore/WA (Perth) Time
  • Friday 9am AEST
  • Friday 11am NZT

Make sure you put this week’s chat in your diary and if you are not already signed up to our ‘Remind’ notifications – click here. We will send you a FREE email or a FREE SMS just before our chat begins :)

Join the conversation on Thursday 17 September at 7pm EDT (Thursday 11pm GMT, Friday 9am AEST, 11am NZT, 7am Singapore) as we discuss What Is School? #whatisschool

Questions #whatisschool, September 17, 2015 7PM EDT

1) Why do you think students believe not perfect means “broken, bad, retarded” & “messed up?”

2) What happens when students believe that there is only one right way to do something – that perfect IS expected of them?

3) What role does a belief in perfectionism play in creating school cultures that encourage bullying, prejudice & fear?

4) Why are animals & stories effective tools for activating children’s innate capacity for empathy and kindness?

5) What are some ways we can take the focus off of perfection & refocus it on the process of learning?

6) How does opening classrooms to conversations with classes around the world help prepare students to be global citizens?




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Craig Kemp

Craig Kemp

I am a passionate Global EdTech Consultant based in Singapore but working with Schools and EdTech companies all over the world. I am a lifelong learner, dream creator and thought leader. I love to inspire others and find inspiration. Co-founder of #whatisschool, #asiaED edchats and #pubPD.

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