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5 year journey that has lead to the Purple Learning Project and Purple Success Methods

The Homework Club Journey

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

 

16Aug/13Off

Dyslexic Book Club Part 4: The Film Issue

So welcome back after the summer. I have been taking the time to read some fiction over the summer. One of the ways it is really easy to get dyslexic teenagers reading more difficult books is to introduce books that they have already seen the films of. This is also the best way to get through that brick that you have been set for school exams! And yes the teacher will tell you not to watch the film as it will be different from the book but it is a great way to get over the initial hurdle of reading it and you can learn how to do the comparison study by knowing what it different from the book and the film!

One Day by David Nicholls is a clever book that will appeal to students who like dates and diaries as it is set very much around time and the passing of the years! A single day every year and the changes to each others lives.

Hunting and Gathering by Anna Gavalda is a great way to get students into international fiction as it is originally translated from French - A very French style story with lots of character development and ways to really develop your understanding of people and their relationships. I think this is the first translated book I read which got me on to many after! It would be great to combine with a french lesson class too...

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen is an interesting mix of adventure, life turning events and an interesting portrait of old age all set around a circus! Who hasn't wanted to run away with a circus! 

The Help by Kathryn Stockett shows why it can't always be easy to write a book - sometimes you really have to stick your neck out to talk about the world you see around you and what's wrong with it!

 

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg is one of the earliest books I remember reading and I have read it many times since - I don't think you can get a better recommendation of a book if you can re-read it again and again over 15 years... A very easy book to read and again one that fixes itself around dates.

Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller is the other side of school - what the teachers get up too! It was so much easier to read this book after I saw the film.

 

Until next issue happy reading for all but especially all those Dyslexic Teenagers out there who have out grown baby books!

Dr. Naoisé Expression Developist™

13May/13Off

Expression the Real Intelligence, Dr. Naoisé O’Reilly Expression Developist™

Oxford & Cambridge revisited, along with the Charles Dickens Museum London as I talk about my new book. It's been an amazing journey so far in the writing.

 

 

15Apr/13Off

ADHD Treatment

I was delighted that the kindle version of the ADHD book I'm part of was launched last week in the US - according to them I'm one of the experts with proven results they searched the planet for!

Link to kindle book on Amazon
29Jan/13Off

What ADD & ADHD are really all about explained by Dr. Naoisé O’Reilly

I always see ADD and ADHD as an affect of what is really going on with the students who come to me looking for help and support with their school work. This has helped me to coin a term over the last 4 years called "Diffuse Focus™" to describe what is really happening for them. I equally see these patterns of behaviour carried through to adult life with our business clients!

 

Dr. Naoisé (Expression Developist™)

19Dec/12Off

Dyslexic Book Club Part 2 – Christmas Reading

It might seem strange for a profound dyselxic but I'm known for giving books as presents for both Birthdays and Christmas, (and just random times people need cheering up!) Many friends over the years have got my idol Dr Seuss in the post when I have felt they needed some extra karma.

So I thought this a good time of the year to compile a few more books that I have been drawn to this year...

First up the most magical book  I have read this year!

The Night Circus - a great story, I can't tell you any of the names of the characters but us dyslexics know that doesn't matter! Translated from German I found it an easy read - took me a while to read the whole book but the story was so involving I didn't even need to pick up another book in the meantime to keep my attention as I often do (I generally read anything up to 5 books at once to get myself over the fact that I can be on one book for months!)

Up next is a book from another amazing woman who has got more dyselxic children reading than anyone else on the planet! The Casual Vacany by J.K Rowling. Her first adult book and I think an amazing read for teenagers as it has so many difficult issues dealt with in a truely story telling way that we have come to expect from this amazing author. You have true senstivity to the characters no mather what their situation, background or plight. The shear size of this book may put many dyselxics off but I infact read it surprisingly quickly!

Last up I'm going to include a dyslexic writer that has kept people reading books for generations. She is the one author I can always read even when I'm sick and finding everything else in the world impossible. There is a logic to her writing that suits our brains! Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot is always great but this Christmas story is particularly good. The first time I read it I was struggling to figure out who done it!

In case people didn't see my post a few weeks ago I also recommended the Fannie Flagg book a Red Bird Christmas.

Hard to find now in time for Christmas unless you are lucky enough to be living in America - but for everyone else keep in mind for next year! I read it every November as it reminds me of the first year I bought it living away from home waiting to go back for Christmas!

Happy Christmas

Dr Naoisé Expression Developist

 

18Dec/12Off

Who bullied me most in school?

I'm now 36 and I remember school like it was yesterday. Everyone has a school story and for this reason even though I hated school I now work in education passionately to change it for the better. For everyone.

I spent most of my time between 5 to 7 standing outside the classroom because as a profound dyslexic I could not write or read at all. One day having stood outside the class all day I was sent to the head teacher as I had pointed out that I then couldn't do the homework. As I had not been in class all day whatever hope had I anyway. I had chairs thrown at me ... I was Isolated at a desk on my own with 2 feet all round so I couldn't communicate with anyone to ask for help as my teacher realised I had one friend in the class who would spell for me on the quiet. No one else in the whole class ever spoke to me.

Then there was the endless humiliation of the spelling tests ...

At 7 I was told by a teacher in front of the whole class having struggled to read a story aloud that "I was too stupid to be in the school and should be in the school down the road for the mentally retarded".

I was moved to a new school. The whole time I so excelled at maths I could do the 6th class maths in 1st class. In the new school I was motivated to finally do well by an amazing teacher who saved my life. I had him for two wonderful years. Then it took a wobble with the next teacher as I was now on the road to doing everything brilliantly, when I asked what I had done wrong in a test I was mocked in front of the whole class for being an annoying perfectionist. Somehow I had the strength to ignore this blip and keep going.

In that year of that school I was also accused of doing something I didn't and had my honesty questioned in front of the whole class till I had melt down again and the equally amazing head came in and sorted it all out and I was never picked on again. I left that school to read my first book.

On my first day of secondary school I had to defend my right to stay in mainstream English class. There was no way in this world I was going to "veggie" English! I had decided I was going to university and I was aware I needed honours English for my course. I was staying. But it was a humiliating battle that took place in front of the whole class and set the tone for my next six years.

By my final year in school the same remedial teacher met the department of education official to tell them I didn't deserve support as I didn't have a "real problem", I had done too well in school in all honours subjects including English. She discussed my "case" openly with me in the school corridor for all to hear.

At the same time when I was desperately looking for someone to read my exam papers to me, my other teachers were openly humiliating me in class for my writing, spelling, reading and most ridiculously not correcting my mock papers because I hadn't spelt their names right. I was stopped in the corridor in front of other students to complain about how hard it was to correct my exams.

Then there are all the teachers who continually for 6 years made me read out loud in class - what's in paragraph  blah Naoisé? I didn't know what page we were on never mind where we were on the page! I had panic attacks in certain classes for years.  Teachers asked me to read off the board and then spoke to me in pigeon English when I got it wrong.

The gap, transition year was the worst as every day was new and I never knew what was waiting at school for me. I had to read Shakespeare aloud amongst other awfulness and everyone had so much more time on their hands to bully me.

I'd love to say it's all different now but my students are always surprised I understand them so well - I see the humiliation in them like tattoos and many cry at our meetings as I'm the first person who has been able to understand then. It's overwhelming for them.

When will adults realise the importance of their behaviour? You set up how everyone else will treat that person, that child. Whatever you say and do in public sets the ground rules for the environment and what can and cannot be done to that person.

After my first day in English where I needed to defend my right to be in the same class as everyone else I spent years picking my books out of the bin in every class I went into, because I was rubbish. I spent years been used as target practice to have objects thrown at me repeatedly in the locker room. No one wanted to be my friend. Every table I went to sit at was "full" - and worse that I will not talk about. Teachers were often deaf, dumb and blind to what happened to me.

It's called respect. It's a two way process. You earn it. It's not assumed  and it doesn't correlate with your title or how many letters there are before or after your name.

The first thing I do with every new student I meet is to shake their hand.  They are my equal.

What you do in public sets the private behaviour FOREVER, not just that one moment in class.

 

Dr. Naoisé  Expression Developist™

21Sep/12Off

What can Profiling do for a Studnet’s Future Career?

This short video I recorded at the Irish Times Higher Options Conference in RDS explains why profiling is so important for Students early in their education life - You can pursue the Career you were born to do!

Introduction

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...

There has always been a clear distinction for Dr Naosié in working with people who currently need help within the system and leaving behind something of integrity for the future generations.

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