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Six Strategies for Building Empathy in the Classroom #EmpathyDay

Showing empathy can help teachers better understand and support students. Learn how you can incorporate this skill in your classroom. Source: Six Strategies for Building Empathy in the Classroom

June 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

The People Deciding to Ditch Their Smartphones | BBC News

About nine out of 10 people in the UK now own a smartphone, a figure broadly replicated across the developed world. And we are glued to them – one recent study found that … Continue reading

April 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

Behaviours Which Give Opportunities for Personal Growth

Challenging behaviour… the very term is corrosive of the learning environment. Challenging behaviour assumes that the is a central purpose and a pedagogical style in which the teacher is the … Continue reading

April 15, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: On Meditation

April 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Blue Sky

March 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Seek Out Silence

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Thought For The Day: Be Calm

February 17, 2022 · Leave a comment

How to Create a Mindful Space for Self-Regulation | Edutopia

Setting aside a quiet room for students who need time and strategies to regulate their emotions helps them return to class feeling ready to learn. Students can access the Brave … Continue reading

December 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Let Go

November 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Emotional Resilience and Mental Health in Schools

Many moons ago, when our children were due to be born, Jane and I attended National Childbirth Trust classes. Our mentor used to set aside some quiet time in the … Continue reading

October 12, 2021 · 1 Comment

The Acute Learning Opportunity… Otherwise Known as a Mistake

I saw an insightful poster in my library last week. It said that creativity was the determination to persevere through your mistakes by taking chances and that art was the … Continue reading

August 16, 2021 · Leave a comment

Your Mental Health Toolkit | BBC Headroom

Whether it is everyday tips, sounds to relax your mind, strategies to cope with parenting right now or films to get you talking, the BBC offers help for you to … Continue reading

February 26, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Positive Action

November 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Our Job

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Thought For The Day: That Problem Child…

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Thought For The Day: An excellent test to live your life, and your teaching career, by…

June 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

CBeebies releases new mindfulness app experience voiced by Stephen Fry | BBC

Children can learn and develop mindful habits to help them through these unprecedented times with the launch of Your Mindful Garden, a new CBeebies activity voiced by Stephen Fry. Developed … Continue reading

May 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

A Diagram of Student Engagement Patterns from Ruby Jo Walker et al

I am indebted to Daniel Sobel for bringing this infographic to my attention. It was compiled by Ruby Jo Walker and associates and seeks to describe the range of levels … Continue reading

January 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

Social Exhaustion… Be Mindful

Symptoms and solutions to the phenomena of social exhaustion and how to deal with them. Some useful ideas for the new term.

September 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Emotional Cup

Another thank you to Daniel Sobel for bringing this infographic to my attention. Build a little bit of mindfulness into your day, as a parent of a teacher, whilst you … Continue reading

September 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Effective Coping Skills

Stress and depression seem to be increasingly impinging on the quality of student and teacher lives. Although the symptoms are readily recognisable, people are less aware of ways to cope … Continue reading

February 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For the Day: The Value of Mindfulness in a Frantic World

November 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Neural State and Student Emotional Behaviour

I remember wading into quite a serious fight at school and having to separate the antagonists and make a quick assessment of their emotional states so as to decide who … Continue reading

July 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Mindset: The Key to Culture and Emotional Well-being in Schools

June 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Managing Emotions: Key Questions to Ask

A useful infographic from The Gottman Institute explores how to develop emotional resilience and awareness as a student and a teacher.

June 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Daniel Goleman on Wellbeing

Daniel Goleman is a leading light on wellbeing and mindfulness.  In this short article he explains the thinking underlying these concepts and the neuro-scientific research underpinning them. Daniel Goleman on Wellbeing … Continue reading

December 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Moments

December 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

How to Design a School That Prioritizes Kindness and Caring | MindShift

  It says much about the state of our society when you need to start explicitly trying to build kindness into your school’s DNA. How far has capitalism taken us … Continue reading

August 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

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