17Apr/14Off

Hillary Clinton Informed of New Anti School Shooting and Stabbing School Alarm Prevention System Following Pittsburg Attacks

School Alarm

School Alarm

Hillary Clinton has today been contacted about a simple means to help prevent further school shootings and school stabbings in the United States and around the world by education expert Dr. Naoisé O’Reilly Ph.D. an Expression Developist.

In the aftermath of this weeks latest American school stabbings at Franklin Regional High School in Murrayville near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania the recurring theme amongst convicted perpetrators of similar offenses is that everyone afterwards describes these people as loners.  Dr. O’Reilly said, “there is no safe and fool proof mechanism in place right now and this is what School Alarm fixes.”

She added that, “I’m sick of hearing information after the fact.  If I met one of these students I would instantly know there was something drastically wrong.  If I had walked into a class beforehand I would have sensed that something was brewing.  Somebody always knows deep down that there’s an issue but because of the current system, repercussions and the fear of saying something, especially if you are a teacher, nothing is done.  The fact remains that after these atrocities have happened somebody always comes forward and says the killer was a loner, they were weird, they were being bullied, they never spoke to anyone, they never looked happy.  There’s always oceans of information divulged afterwards - when it is too late.”

There are an unacceptable number of school shootings and school stabbings across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Finland, Norway, Scotland, Germany, Croatia, Sweden, The Netherlands, Greece, Hungary, France, Argentina, Brazil, Israel, Yemen, The Philippines, China, Thailand, Lebanon, India, Azerbaijan, Australia, New Zealand, Nigeria and so on.  That’s 294 lives lost worldwide in school shootings by bullet injuries alone.  This is not just an American phenomenon.

Dr. Naoisé continued by saying, “I’m not talking about arresting people or locking them away in a psychiatric ward.  It is about somebody non-judgmentally coming along and talking with them, sitting down and listening to them, asking if everything is alright.  There could be an undiagnosed mental condition that can be treated before a violent escalation.  Or perhaps they have a learning difficulty and they have been really struggling in school.  It is usually all down to the fact that they cannot express themselves.  If this was dealt with in an effective way they wouldn’t need to feel that the only way out was to shoot and stab the people around them.”

Dr Naoisé (Expression Developist™) & Marie O'Riordan

 

17Mar/14Off

St. Patrick’s Day 2014: Ireland the Land of Learners

One of the great difficulties with education is that we attempt to fit everyone into the same box.  It is generally accepted that this does not happen but how else can we effectively teach the masses?  Well, as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and all that is Irish this is in fact the first mistake when thinking about teaching.  If we instead focus on the learners, the actual students and look at the world from their perspective we may begin to not only accommodate everybody but have them reach their full potential.  Most of all, even experience these people being happy and enjoying education.

So, if we take the learning nation of Ireland, what are we really like here?  We are a country stockpiled with sociable chatterboxes and have a huge number of successful athletics when you think about the size of this land.  We make an impact wherever we go and we are also very generous philanthropically for the size of Ireland.  We as a race contribute hugely to global charities, peace keeping forces and volunteer work.  We are hugely proud of anything remotely Irish.

So, in simple terms that makes us auditory and kinesthetic learners that need huge amounts of encouragement and praise.  We really care about what everyone else thinks of us.  So like most other parts of the world we are a largely extrovert society.  We need to work with others in social settings and we are very social beings.

The hugely interesting fact about auditory learners is that they do not need to just listen, they need to talk as well.  We all know how much we Irish love to speak.  The idea of us starting school at five and learning to be quiet in a classroom situation is just outright ridiculous.  We must admit that we work our way through so much in Ireland by gossiping. The information overload taxi driver, the restroom queue gossip or the local store conversation. It makes us better able to cope with the legendary Irish rainy weather if nothing else.

One of the real difficulties with being an auditory learner (besides just being in trouble in class for talking all of the time) is the rambling way we work, there is no structure.  This is the most common difficulty that many of our students have, especially all the super talkative kinesthetic boys who are brilliant on the sports field but feel like trash at everything else in school.  They simply have no idea how to structure an answer or to focus their thoughts onto the page at hand.

Sure, for the Irish it is perfectly alright and acceptable to write exactly the way you talk too.  The best way to work with auditory kinesthetic learners is through role play.  This is sociable group work that allows us to talk out scenarios.  We get to put ourselves in the situation and we all do great in this part of oral school examinations.  We are a country filled with bucket loads of generationally provided and divided political views.  It is important for us to get to talk about these at length on a regular basis.

Students almost fall off of their chairs with shock when we ask them what they think or have a personal opinion on, but it is so much easier to write about what you feel especially when this is what matters to you when you are kinesthetic.  Normally boys just get to run this out of their systems on the sports field rather than working through it in english or history class.

It is equally vital to allow us Irish to talk about everything that matters to us in our own unique way.  The Irish have a great gift of the gab, the wit that has a name for every object, landmark and sculpture.  We talk about creativity and innovation, this is a wonderful example of innovation with words.  We can express any situation as a joke.  We have always been gifted story tellers and can spin any yarn.

We are also hugely competitive, hence our many sporting heroes, the mark we leave whatever we set our minds to.  Competition is such a great way to inject energy into any learning environment too.

There is a pride deeply engrained in the Irish and as a result we can never cope with being made a fool of in public.  We may try to joke our way out of any situation but it hurts deeply.  Everyone we have ever spoken to in this country has a school story where they lost face and they have never forgotten it.  This is why we have to focus on the learners always, the real people we are helping to grow and develop.  Everyone is different but we all fall into patterns of behavior that can be accommodated.  You can't just take an education model from one country to another and expect it to work, especially since the models are always developed for the teachers and governments not the students.  There are very simple patterns and learning styles but you have to look for them and you have to use each nations strengths and values to achieve what is important for them, even the Irish.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the island of saints and scholars.

Dr. Naoisé O'Reilly & Marie O'Riordan

 

15Apr/12Off

Why are teenagers texting instead of talking?

Even at The Homework Club which is a really engaging educational space I see students taking out their phones as a comfort tool as they wait for their classes. I have had the discussion on texting and teenagers with many parents over the last three years. It seems that students have forgotten how to talk to each other and prefer to hide behind texting instead. But I don't find this surprising at all. After all from the age of 5 when they start school they are continually asked to be quiet. I think they have retreated into their own private world where they can continue to "talk".

Another great example of teenagers taking over technology for their own gain and status is the use of the "Mosquito" sound as ringer tones that was originally designed to stop them hanging around areas. As the teenagers could only hear the sound this made it a perfect channel to use to communicate which each other.

What we learn here is as we focus teenagers into a constricted environment with our rules they will always have the initiative to find ways to use devices for their own benefit. The problem I see is that they have gotten so reliant on texting rather than talking - they are almost afraid to lose the technology barrier from the world. That combined with the fact that we don't ask for their opinions very often - well it is hard to suddenly expect them to want to engage and talk freely!

link to article on the mosquito

A wonderful aside to this situation is that we have in the past used "text speech" to help students with expression difficulties to write. As many of these students which are what are often seen as having severe learning and communication difficulties have by themselves "learnt" text speech as this is the perfect medium to get them started on writing - all we need them to do is expand the letters! Text speech is so often shunned in education but can be such a great starting point!

Dr. Naoisé O'Reilly

 

   

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Welcome to the Purple Learning Project.

The aim of the Purple Learning Project Foundation is to create a legacy of the methods which Dr Naoisé O’Reilly has developed since 2009.

The methods in learning and personality theory have been developed while working with people of a variety of ages, backgrounds, and cultures. The methods have been applied to the education, business and sporting environments. The ages are in the spectrum of 4 to 70's. The methods include: Purple Profiling, Purple Processing Scales, The Periodic Table of the Development of Results, Forget Phonics Reading Method, Purple Pre-School Success and so on...

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