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  • Brigit Law 10:09 pm on May 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , media, School newspaper, ,   

    An Elementary School Newspaper Success Story 

    So glad to see that my school newspaper program ‘The Scottie Chronicle’ received local media attention today. It is the first school newspaper in the Chambersburg Elementary School District.

    http://www.publicopiniononline.com/news/ci_23244062/scotland-schools-pupils-apply-english-skills-publish-newspaper

    It is crucial that everyone receives tools to get heard, even the smallest creatures in our community.

     
  • Brigit Law 11:16 pm on May 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Journalism, , PTA   

    Kids Minds Matter 

    Last week, I started with a new – the second – team of Scottie Chronicle reporters, and this evening I finished their ‘Reporter Survival Pack’ with worksheets, letter to parents, Tips & Tricks in journalism, as well as the necessary candy treats, pens and block notes (see picture below).

    These groups of school kids are one of the best things I have experienced in my time in the US.

    Compared to Europe, the American PTA has amazed me. So much more support from parents seems to be needed here, and so much more can be achieved when parents and teachers work together. Compared to Europe where parental support is often limited to lice control, reading mom/dad or Christmas party, the American PTA opens doors to parents to set up Science Fairs, Book Fairs, National Reflections Art Awards programs, Spelling Bees, and much more.

    Inspired by the American spirit of ‘The Sky Is The Limit’ (as long as you are willing to execute your own ideas), I became the CEO of my own PTA program: The Scottie Chronicle – a school news paper for my kids’ Scotland Elementary school in Chambersburg, PA.

    Working with these kids brought me closer to my quest to understand better the way humans communicate. How much can kids critical minds bring to an organization, a community, a school? And, are we really listening to them? Can we let them lead us in how we should lead them?

    One thing is for sure, not listening to the perceptive minds of kids or watching them grow up with our full attention, will keep us falling behind in social development and economic prosperity.

    In the end it is like horse riding: you can only lead a horse if you let the horse educate you on it’s needs.

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  • Brigit Law 10:32 pm on May 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Summer Reading Program   

    Summer Reading improves Creative Minds at Scotland Elementary 

    Dr Seuss, Walt Disney and Shakespeare: these are the three protagonists in the new Summer Reading Hand Book 2012 that I created in my new capacity of PTA chairperson for the Summer Reading Program 2012 at Scotland Elementary in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

    Over 400 copies are ready to go out to all students during this week’s Scholastic Book Fair.

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    • themysticmom 1:50 pm on May 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      So proud to know you and all this hard work! You are AMAZING! (Plus, thinking on a grand scale might be another thing we have in common! Remind me to tell you THAT story another time… :))

    • DeniseDenkt 2:50 pm on May 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      What a beautiful and inspiring project is this! We should have that here in Holland too.
      I’m sure that all children will like this!

  • Brigit Law 11:54 pm on February 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Trot, And You’ll Lead! 

    It’s not new when I say that horse riding contains many metaphors for good, creative leadership. You may know many yourselves.

    I started horse riding four years ago at the same time I started my own business. I am not a very demanding and egocentric by nature and – therefore- not natural leader. I neither feel the urge to proof something to my friends or family – a proven help in successful leadership -, so I was well advised by a Swedish friend to take up horse riding to get the hang of good leadership.

    And it pays off, in particular because of my wonderful American instructor Judie.

    Here are a couple of equestrian principles she thought me which I like to share with you as food for thought in business leadership:

    1. Post Bigger when trotting, not smaller. In English riding one is tempted to post smaller in an effort to stop a horse going t0o fast, but the opposite is true. When you want a horse (or organization) to go more slowly and in controlled manner, start posting bigger.

    2. Don’t Focus, just Be Aware. Whilst many management gurus and alpha-male leaders advocate that ‘Focus’ is the key to success in business, equestrian leadership will tell you that ‘Being Aware’ is a better key to good leadership. Putting a strong focus on something particular means that one does not see or sense other important signals (in an organization).

    3. Use Your Space. Horse riding is a mirror to how we cut short our corners if we are not conscious of all the free space around us. Cutting corners short means more difficult turns and more stress. In communications & leadership this is also explained by (not) using ‘white space’ in writing or by getting active in the ‘complexity quadrant’ of Dave Snowden’s  Cynefin. There is much to say for showing leadership where the situation complex, though much less crowded.

    These are my favorite thoughts that help me to keep my leadership skills in form. What are yours?

     
  • Brigit Law 5:59 pm on February 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    To Teach Is … 

    Just ‘like’ these two sayings I found on the wall of Scotland Elementary school where my kids go to!

    I am sure you remember those teachers who believed in you, who made you feel special and top of the world, or helped you to make those extraordinary choices that got you from the bottom of the class then to that successful person in business or community today.

    It got me to think of my special teachers in any case.

    With thanks to Mrs DeSerio, Principal at Scotland Elementary, for sharing these thoughts through her school wall.

     
  • Brigit Law 4:13 pm on November 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Thank You America 

    In the wake of Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the warm welcome we received from colleagues, school staff, neighbors, friends and family upon our recent arrival in the US as an expat family. It inspires me to reach out to the local community and to put my energy and time in supporting education activities and advancing therapeutic riding programs.

     
  • Brigit Law 2:02 am on November 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Storytelling, Scarecrows and More yields Diverstiy at Elementary School in Pennsylvania 

    How I used Storytelling, scarecrows and more at a school Fall Festival to teach children about Diversity …

    Read article here.

     
  • Brigit Law 2:48 am on October 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , teaching   

    6 Best Practices for Teaching Staff to Embrace Social Media 

    I keep on telling teaching staff to start using Facebook for course related communication with their students. They can do this by …

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