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The educator and different neurological identities within the classroom

Metalearning and the role
of the educator in cases of learning disorders

hyphensa CEO

Learning disorders have always posed a challenge for educators. The aspiration of a teacher is to empower each and every student and to stimulate their motivation to learn, but also to protect the individual student’s opportunity to learn within the classroom environment. The educator is, above all, a student themselves, dedicated to finding meaning in learning. However, are educators sufficiently trained to manage the different learning disorders and neurological identities present within their classrooms? Of course, this does not only include dyslexia or the infamous Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). By neurological identities, we mean the entire array of special features that make the students in a classroom, the players in a team, or the members of a family so gloriously different. In a way, all these different types of people resemble a bouquet of flowers. Each flower learns how to complement its peers and to collaborate effectively to produce natural beauty.

However, educators who realize the importance of their role cannot waste valuable time on diagnosis. Each educator, with his/her own unique neurological identity, is emotionally involved in the learning process, and is constantly evolving. And, if they have not received the relevant training in managing student learning disorders, they face the danger of being led by the dynamics in their classroom, causing them to lose focus and fail to achieve the goal of personal development for both themselves and their students. Educators must realize that they need to focus on cultivating the necessary conditions to help students gain awareness of their own neurological identity. Their responsibility is to encourage students to find their own selves, with the occasional support of expert diagnosis. Through experience, teachers can help students release potential that will help them embrace learning, knowledge, new experiences, change and evolution. This is a long-term process and requires patience and perseverance on the part of both educator and student. That is the definition of metalearning.

What factors affect the functionality of certain neurological types?

The hectic pace and competitive nature of our 21st century lifestyle place excessive expectations on the majority of students and employees, especially if these expectations are not balanced, or are incompatible with their neurological identities. Stress is the main cause of dysfunctional and antisocial behaviours in children and adults with learning disorders. Stress comes hand in hand with the fear of rejection and the lack of acceptance from people who do not comprehend that their expectations are simply unattainable. It’s a question of simple biology. In the same way that we cannot change the colour of a person’s skin, we cannot expect people with high functioning autism to understand nonverbal communication.

Focus on Publishing



The impact of vivid imagery in contemporary course books

by George Theodoropoulos, Production Editor, hyphen SA

Imagery in contemporary course books has a great impact on teaching, and must be relevant to the interests of young students who were born in the information and digital communication era. Course books should depict a contemporary environment and demonstrate the relationship young students have with their constantly evolving surroundings.

In motion

Images of people in motion can help students understand complex concepts such as evolution. At the same time, they create a connection between students and the rapidly progressing digital world.

Urban landscapes

Aerial photography and immense urban landscapes reflect the way complex and crowded societies interact. These images can help teachers present concepts such as coexistence, social structure and interaction between members of contemporary societies. They help teachers explain to young students the function of social structures and how these are connected to their surroundings.

Colour and style

Imagination and creativity are promoted through vivid colors, visual styling and colorful patterns. Cultural expression needs to go hand in hand with learning and support it. The theory of different learning styles places emphasis on the visual representation of educational content and on expressing creativity through learning.

Young students are familiar with the idea that education is a window to the world. Let’s make sure to keep this window open via their course books.

 

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MP Balatsinos receives recognition from the αriston project

MP Balatsinos has received recognition as an educational institution from the αriston project, the British educational know-how institution, which enjoys collaborations with major international formal and non-formal educational organisations. The αriston project has taken on the evaluation of the company’s structure and operations. This collaboration aims at redefining the services MP Balatsinos is offering as a pioneering enterprise for organising seminars, based on the standards of international educational institutions and universities.

An image of Warehouse 7 - Supreme Fitness Center's facilities, where Mr Yannis Stergis, President & CEO of hyphen SA observed and evaluated the educational methodology of MP Balatsinos.

Over its 7 years of operation, MP Balatsinos Fitness has achieved excellence in the field of fitness professional training through international collaborations and the continuous training of its staff. In addition to educating fitness professionals, MP Balatsinos has made a dynamic entry into the field of wellness and fitness business management. Notably, MP Balatsinos manages established companies such as the hotel Nikopolis Spa, one of the most luxurious Fitness & Wellness facilities in Thessaloniki.

Employability

A new term in the job market of the future

Mr Yannis Stergis, President & CEO of hyphen SA, was invited by the Parents’ Association of Anatolia College High School to give a talk at the Bissell Library of the American College of Thessaloniki.

Employability can, crucially and accurately, support young potential employees entering the job market.

Employability, if approached in a framework of scientific reasoning, reveals that the cognitive load a person accumulates is not as important as the combination of skills they have acquired through years of learning. Above all, potential candidates need to ensure that they have developed the skills necessary to succeed in the job market.

Academic titles contribute to the development, acclaim and self-validation of an educated person, mainly through helping form their identity.

Young candidates entering the job market need to be versed in Skills 2020 if they want be successful in today’s globalized economy.

Company News

The 4th session of ROIEDU Business

‘State policies and legislation management’; The success of ROIEDU Business continues with the completion of the 4th session. Mr Yannis Stergis, CRMDr, trainer and programme creator, presented and analysed concepts that relate to professionals and entrepreneurs, and their activities. The participants learned how to manage state policies and legislation effectively, while operating appropriately and within the boundaries of the law.

ROIEDU Business introduces a comprehensive code of practice for small to medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurs, enabling them to perform with assured viability, foresight and high productivity, in the constantly changing new economic environment. Based on technocratic, scientific, experiential and holistic approaches, ROIEDU Business has been proven to inspire the implementation of profound structural change, not only within the businesses of entrepreneurs, but also in their personal lives.

As Mr Stergis pointed out: “having completed the ROIEDU Business course, the participants will have the chance to redesign their business plan and to ensure their company’s sustainability.” For more information on the ROIEDU Business course, please visit http://thearistonbusinesssociety.gr.

The next session, ‘Business redesign’, will be held at the hyphen SA Elaeon in early April.


the αriston project

Launch of the new cycle of ROIEDU Global Skills

A new cycle of the ROIEDU Global Skills programme, aimed at students, professionals and business executives, is underway at the hyphen SA premises in Thessaloniki.

The first of five ROIEDU Global Skills live sessions, entitled ‘Employability and Working as a Team’, was held at the hyphen SA Elaeon and attended by 15 trainees. The trainer, Mr Yannis Stergis, is the creator of ROIEDU Global Skills, and the President of hyphen SA.

ROIEDU Global Skills is an educational programme designed by the educational know-how institution, the αriston project. After a long period of research among more than 3,500 enterprises and professionals across 44 countries/states, the αriston project develops, designs and retrains society in Agenda 2020 skills.

Skills 2020 are comprised of cross-cultural competency, sense-making, new media literacy, trans-disciplinarity and transferable skills, social intelligence, novel and adaptive thinking, cognitive load management, design mindset, virtual collaboration and computational thinking.

This particular educational programme is taught entirely in English and has been specifically designed for:

  • Young people preparing to undertake university studies, enter the job market or start up their own company.
  • People wishing to enter the international job market.
  • Companies wishing to employ executives with the appropriate skills to develop cross-cultural and international communication.

To find out more about ROIEDU Global Skills, and to watch a demo video, please visit http://thearistonpioneersleague.gr. You can use the Form of Interest on the website to communicate with us and to receive information about the programme!


elaeon

The importance of emotional and social learning in the school environment.

by Dora Papapanagiotou, Senior Educational Consultant, hyphen SA

Schools today are not merely educational institutions; they are a representation of society. Children at school meet and form relationships with schoolmates from diverse social, economic, cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

As educators, we are committed to teaching our students how to be active members of society from an early age, and how to respect and interact with their peers in a constructive way while not neglecting their academic obligations. Besides, it is true that an optimistic attitude can positively affect all aspects of our lives and determine our studies, our professional career path, and our personal future.

So, how can we foster educational and social learning in the school environment?

Initially, students need to develop self-awareness. In other words, they must learn how to identify their feelings, the reasons that make them feel the way they feel, and their reactions in different situations. When we know our strengths and weaknesses, it is easier to control our actions and to face challenges in a more positive way.

It is also essential that students acquire social awareness, understanding, and tolerance for the world around them. When we show solidarity with people from different backgrounds, we develop a network of support and friendship. We become more sociable and we develop important skills such as adaptiveness. These skills help us coexist with other people and make the right decisions, as we develop a more comprehensive way of thinking and become more considerate when it comes to people’s needs.

Once students acquire all the above skills, their overall behavior will improve, they will develop successful relationships both inside and outside school, and their confidence will be boosted.


Opinions

Time for experience!

by Dimitris Diamantidis, New Media & Marketing Director, hyphen SA

Finding new and effective ways of communication with consumers and opinion makers is a process that should not be entrusted to inexperienced hands.

It is true that there used to be a great abundance of economic resources in the years before the crisis, and companies used to spend great amounts of money on advertising and communication without always monitoring whether the desired results were achieved.

The advertising campaigns used to be costly; ‘consultants’ were remunerated with large sums to deliver elementary ideas, and the content was created by people lacking relevant experience.

Due to the economic crisis, businesses have inevitably needed to limit costs, causing immediate cuts in funds for advertising, marketing and communication. Thus, all marketing actions companies make today towards developing their strategies should be targeted, and expenses should be justified by results.

In recent years, there has been a gradual change in the way consumers approach a product or service: they want to ‘experience’ it first, to try it and to get the feel of it. Consumers today want to know the information about the products they purchase beforehand. They want to be informed with the details about the food they buy before they consume it, the furniture before they take it home, or the trip before they reach their destination. They need support and facilitation services which will save them effort and time. All these new approaches need to become intelligible and easily accessible to a wide range of different consumers.

The era of the ‘telegraph message’ has ended. It is now time for content!


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