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Continuing the theme of the Growth mindset at Phoenix’s school, he was shown a video called ‘Austin’s Butterfly’, which I found very cute – as well as extremely eye-opening and inspiring.

It’s about the process of drawing a butterfly for a first grader called Austin. As you can see from the picture below, the process of transformation between the first picture and the last is amazing. And all of this was possible because he took on board the comments of his peers and never gave up. Each setback or step along the process was a learning experience for him – and just look at what he produced! Fantastic!

As you watch the video, look at how engaged the children are! Look at how many fantastic ideas they have! Look at how much they want to LEARN and IMPROVE!

Phoenix was very inspired by this video and it sparked a very interesting conversation between us. Click to watch the video here.

I hope you find it interesting too.


 You can also click the picture to watch the video




Sometimes, I find myself needing a little more motivation, as a person, a mother and as a teacher.

Often, I look to those little, but very wise, inspirational or thoughtful quotes, and they strike a chord, and I carry on.

Today, I have felt even more driven by the need to inspire in our students the desire and passion for learning. Sometimes, we need to sit back and think, or rethink, what we teach our children, but, more importantly, the way we teach our children.

So, here are a few of those little quotes that I stumbled upon today, and that I hope will keep afire the flame that should burn inside all us teachers.

Here they are:

Chinese Proverb  

Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.

Eliphas Levi:

A good teacher must be able to put himself in the place of those who find learning hard.

Albert Einstein:

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus                                              character – that is the goal of true education.

Have a great and inspirational day 🙂

As a mum and teacher, I often wrestle with what’s the best level of education for my kids (both my own and the ones I teach).

There are so many materials out there on the market, and it’s difficult to judge which are good and which are just a waste of a tree. We can end up spending so much money on stuff we’ll eventually just end up throwing away.

I’m in the process of bringing up my little one right now, and regularly find myself struggling with books, the internet etc. to find the most suitable sources of material for him. I sit under mountains of information and wonder how on earth I’ll ever sort through it.

So, as I sift bit by bit through the quagmire which is education, I thought I’d share some tidbits and findings which might interest those among us who are forever looking for the best for our kids.

Welcome to my blog – Welcome to Educating Phoenix!

I’m up and running with a new blog!

So excited!

Welcome all!