The Purple View Book Extract:
“Everything we do at The Homework Club is designed to create a learning environment that students can enjoy.”
In the initial interview I look for patterns in Life through sports, home and school. What you are really seeing is peoples natural tendencies. In an ideal World we shouldn’t realise that we’re learning at all. One of the difficulties that I have with the conventional system is that we try to stamp these out. A great example of this is the 4-year-old Kid who doesn’t read well but uses the pictures in the book to give them a sense of what the story is about. When someone covers over the pictures they take away this visual way of taking in information which is that natural tendency of a visual learner. So the next 3 chapters are going to talk about these 3 natural ingredients that everybody has - which are potential, personality and aptitude.
Blue represents a Person’s true nature and potential within. It’s seen to be the colour of faith, truth, confidence and being exceptionally deep in nature.
We use Red as it’s seen to be the colour of energy, happiness, passion, determination, love, power and desire. We tend to have very negative associations with personality expression in the conventional school model - the negative associations with red are anger. We see this side of the personality apparently when people feel constrained in their behaviour and self-expression.
We have now successfully combined potential, personalities and aptitudes into 4 simple ways of working. The next 3 sections in this book are going to describe the outcomes and amazing results that happen when you use this approach.
We use Yellow - Yellow is seen to be the colour of joy and intellect - we classically find people clever because of their skills - classically I believe we see people as “normal” when they have one of two multiply intelligence, linguistic or mathematical - these are what I generally assess. But I believe truly clever people have a grasp of their multiplicity. Your aptitudes alone are not enough to make you smart. You have to realise them and approach tasks in the best way for you.
The box - everyone has this idea that they would like to all “fit-in” and be the same as everyone else - it’s like a giant box we all belong to. So I decided with this method to create one “box” but the difference is that everyone is different in the box and has their own place. They can still be themselves while fitting in. I think of it more like a house with all the doors and windows open where everyone can just come on in - a box still seems a little constraining. But the yellow box in the middle of this picture is one where everyone can be happy as how they really are.
This yellow "box" for me is now the Expression Developist™ Concept, the next instalment of The Purple View that I am currently writing and will be available very shortly! Why we need a new objective in education.
In the mean time enjoy The Purple View. Link to The Purple View
Dr Naoisé O'Reilly (Expression Developist™)
Over the last 3 and 1/2 years at The Homework Club working with a range of students, including dyslexics of ages 5 right through to adult, I have noticed that dyslexic teenagers from the age of 12/13 upwards find it very hard to continue reading. They are put off by not being able to find a category of books to read. They have out grown "baby" books but are intimidated by adult literature.
As a severe dyslexic who's reading age is still very poor (way below adult levels!) but yet manages to read a multitude of fascinating books, I thought I would develop an on-line community Bookclub for dyslexics of all ages!
I didn't read my first book myself until I was 13 - it was too too late for me by then to read all the classic children's books, they had lost interest for me. The first book I read was The Day of the Jackal By Frederick Forsyth (I Just had to look up all the spelling here!) I think it took me at least 8 months to read and those people familiar with me and my blog will know that I now combat the boredom of taking too long to read a single book by reading many at the same time...
I guess it makes sense to start with some of the most recent books I have read:
It is a wonderful story of a boy starting traditional school who has not been to main stream school before as has been home schooled due to a very rare condition that has left him with a facial impairment.
This book is especially easy to read as it's written from the child's view, his sibling, school friends and his sister's boyfriend and so on.. It deals with everyone's fears of starting school, how to rise above bullies, how to just always be yourself - I have recommended it as a great read for all students starting second level this September!
I think this book will especially appeal to boys ..
My Life with the Chimpanzees by Jane Goodall
Jane Goodall has a very simple story like quality that is easy to follow. Pictures of her adventures and life make the book an easy and fascinating read! Life can take you anywhere you want and in the most unusual ways... A great teenage read as it really builds confidence in anything in life being possible and to always follow your dreams and passions. She is keen to show us that each unique person can make a difference to the world. I would recommend it as a read for teenagers who haven't found their "thing" yet or school leavers who still feel lost...
For the Girls! Fannie Flagg
Daisy May and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg
This book is the first I read by Fannie Flagg and is a great easy introduction to her work. The story of Daisy who is a bit of a rebel.. who would win anyones heart. As a dyslexic herself Fannie Flagg understands the need to make her books readable and fun. The characters are always wonderful and her faith in human kind never wavers. She really tackles minority issues in a no-nonsense way.. in fact this is a book we have used at the school many a time to reach out to our own students.
Dr Naoisé O'Reilly (Expression Developist™)
Expression: It exists in all ways, verbal, mathematical, physical, artistic, interaction, emotional, musical, facial, genetically, kinaesthetically and so on. It is simply a way to communicate.
A Developist is someone who takes ideas that already exist but moulds and utilises them in a new profound way to help achieve new approaches, ideas, inventions, initiatives and many, many more possibilities. Taking the ideas of the world to a new place.
To very simply and importantly learn to express oneself in a way that takes them to success in whatever field they have aptitudes. Reaching your true potential by being able to communicate with the world in your unique way.
Your true expression will of course be fundamentally made up from your personality. No two people express themselves in the same way and hence no two people learn to do this in the same way. Expression is the fundamental basis for all education. On the flip side, Lack of expression can also be seen as the root of all difficulties within this environment.
Dr. Naoisé O'Reilly (Expression Developist™)