The Memory Enemy – Anxiety

by Jenni Walford

I love it when I find neurological research that backs my crazy theories up! I believe that genuine learning comes about through pleasant, playful experiences not stressful, exam-packed, traditional settings. I’ve just been reading about the neurology behind this. In a nutshell, it’s a fact that anxiety affects the memory. We just don’t remember as well when we are under stress. Sounds pretty logical to me.

So, when you get blocked on those international conference calls, it’s not necessarily because your English is crap. You’re probably freaking out under the pressure!!

Emotion is a “learning switch” (think “light switch”). It can switch your capacity to learn, and then remember what you have learnt, on and off.

The limbic system can shut down access not only to memory and learning but also your ability to connect information – your ability to cross reference.

Keep your eyes and ears open for the “Radical Rethink” English workshop, playing soon at a soon-to-be disclosed location in Barcelona!


Why can´t the Spanish speak English well?

by Jenni Walford. thanks for your contributions, Jorge Solá!

Hello! Here I am at home with flu so I´ll take advantage and write a few lines on a subject that is on everyone´s lips at the moment. (La versión en castellano esta abajo)

Me with flu!!

Me with flu!! I know, I´ve looked better!!!

Why can´t the Spanish speak English well?

I´ve been investigating the matter on internet a little and talking to some friends about it. It´s a subject trolls appear to be well into! Here is a summary of some of the main points:

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“El 90% de los suicidios tiene un trasfondo o causa laboral”

El-90-de-los-suicidios-tiene-u_54362525102_54026874601_600_22665 años. Nací en Israel, hijo de supervivientes del holocausto. Soy judío laico casado con una católica practicante. Sumamos 5 hijos. Creo en mi dios. Dirijo la cátedra The Future of Work Chair (Esade). El modelo político-económico nos lleva al desastre. La respuesta: la sociedad civil

Cuál es su proyecto personal?
Cambiar la mentalidad de los altos directivos haciéndolos conscientes de sus valores. Tu sistema de valores vertebra tu vida y pocos son conscientes.

Cultura es compartir valores.
Sí, por eso podemos hablar de cultura de empresa. Yo desarrollé mi modelo de coaching y dirección por valores observando la más habitual de las microempresas: la pareja.

Una empresa con altibajos.
Si quiere mantener una buena relación con su pareja, sorpréndala de vez en cuando, porque todo estímulo que se repite pierde la eficacia. Si tu pareja es como un mueble más de la casa, la empresa está quebrada. Continue reading

30 Ways To Promote Creativity in Your Classroom


Posted on January 10, 2013 by Miriam Clifford

30 Things You Can Do To Promote Creativity in Your Classroom

The concept of teaching creativity has been around for quite some time. Academics such as E. Paul Torrance, dedicated an entire lifetime to the advancement of creativity in education.

Torrance faced much opposition in his day about the nature of creativity. Creativity was considered to be an immeasurable, natural ability. Torrance called for explicit teaching of creativity. He advocated that it was skill-specific, requiring intentional instruction. His life’s work ultimately led to the development of the Torrance tests and gifted programs throughout the world.

In recent times, there has been a shift towards the increased acceptance of valuing creativity for all learners. A 2003 TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson discussing this subject reached over 5 million viewers. It discusses how our current school systems suppress creativity. He proposes that our current model leaves little room for divergent thinking.

Much of the blame for a lack of creativity, and therefore innovation, can be traced to our traditional educational systems.

It relies on teaching to the correct answer. An innovative thinking model is needed. Robinson recently tweeted an article about a new study that suggested 80% of educators surveyed preferred creativity to be included as part of learning standards.

In the same way, David Hughes, founder of Decision Labs and professor at UNC Chapel Hill, argues that innovation is an essential skill for our global economy. In talking about creativity in schools he says, much of the blame for a lack of creativity, and therefore innovation, can be traced to our traditional educational systems.

Most of the practice of creative methods is being done outside the traditional educational institutions by consulting firms and by persons in companies who have been trained in creative problem solving methods. In universities not much has changed since 1950, when the distinguished psychologist J. P. Guilford in his inaugural address as president of the American Psychological Association stated that education’s neglect of the subject of creativity was appalling.

Adding to this sequence of events is the fact that textbooks are at least three years out of date when they are published and . . . educational systems were the slowest adopters of innovation. Thus, we see that educational institutions need a strong dose of creative problem solving.

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6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person By: David Wong

2013, motherfuckers. Yeah! LET’S DO THIS.


Feel free to stop reading this if your career is going great, you’re thrilled with your life and you’re happy with your relationships. Enjoy the rest of your day, friend, this article is not for you. You’re doing a great job, we’re all proud of you. So you don’t feel like you wasted your click, here’s a picture of Lenny Kravitz wearing a gigantic scarf.


For the rest of you, I want you to try something: Name five impressive things about yourself. Write them down or just shout them out loud to the room. But here’s the catch — you’re not allowed to list anything you are (i.e., I’m a nice guy, I’m honest), but instead can only list things that you do (i.e., I just won a national chess tournament, I make the best chili in Massachusetts). If you found that difficult, well, this is for you, and you are going to fucking hate hearing it. My only defense is that this is what I wish somebody had said to me around 1995 or so.

#6. The World Only Cares About What It Can Get from You



Let’s say that the person you love the most has just been shot. He or she is lying in the street, bleeding and screaming. A guy rushes up and says, “Step aside.” He looks over your loved one’s bullet wound and pulls out a pocket knife — he’s going to operate right there in the street.

Getty “OK, which one is the injured one?”

You ask, “Are you a doctor?”

The guy says, “No.”

You say, “But you know what you’re doing, right? You’re an old Army medic, or …”

At this point the guy becomes annoyed. He tells you that he is a nice guy, he is honest, he is always on time. He tells you that he is a great son to his mother and has a rich life full of fulfilling hobbies, and he boasts that he never uses foul language.

Confused, you say, “How does any of that fucking matter when my (wife/husband/best friend/parent) is lying here bleeding! I need somebody who knows how to operate on bullet wounds! Can you do that or not?!?”

Now the man becomes agitated — why are you being shallow and selfish? Do you not care about any of his other good qualities? Didn’t you just hear him say that he always remembers his girlfriend’s birthday? In light of all of the good things he does, does it really matter if he knows how to perform surgery? Continue reading

Articulo de Stefanie Claudia Müller sobre la crisis española

Traducción de un artículo publicado en varios periódicos económicos alemanes, por su corresponsal en España:


Hoy, 6 de septiembre, se encuentran en Madrid los gobiernos de Alemania y
España, acompañados de un nutrido grupo de empresarios, y donde seguro
hablarán sobre las condiciones para poder otorgar más ayudas financieras a
España o a su sistema bancario.

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