What REALLY matters!

Recently I received this note from a child and rediscovered it yesterday under a mess on my desk.

I was busy preparing my GROWTH MINDSET seminar for this Saturday and as I re-read it I was reminded about the true worth of our work with children.

Our attitudes towards children and ability to connect and build rapport  really matter- not so we can receive nice, complimentary notes like this;  more because our personal attitudes affect the futures of our students.

Like all teachers, I have times when I have spoken harshly and perhaps not always tried to see a situation from a student’s viewpoint.

Those times are always when I am tired, under pressure and pushed for time. All teachers experience these conditions.

However, I KNOW this matters and that we need to take care of ourselves so we can offer the best interactions possible with children.

We can make or break futures when we show kindness, empathy and understanding.

It costs nothing but requires we remember the almost sacramental importance of teaching.

Teachers touch the future and because of this they need to look after themselves and take the time to do this.

I am so pleased to see schools adopt mindfulness apps and programs for staff. Nurturing all staff who work with children is vital and I have deliberately added an extra hour to deal with this in my GROWTH MINDSET course at no extra cost.

Kindness matters- to ourselves and our students!

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Nurturing a GROWTH MIND-SET during COVID

Nurturing a GROWTH MIND-SET during COVID

I think we had all hoped that 2021 would bring an end to the pandemic and perhaps it will- but not yet! For a while longer we must be vigilant and take particular care of the most fragile members of our community. There is a huge cloud of uncertainty and sadness hanging over the whole world and nobody gets to escape it.

Make no mistake – kids are also suffering during this time. Not only are many missing face to face school, play and leisure situations, they are also feeling our anxiety and Covid fatigue.

The news is full of pandemic flare-ups and death rates with pictures of overcrowded hospitals flooding the media. Even young children know something is very wrong and of course it is impacting them in all ways.

My work with children of all ages has shown me many first- hand examples of this. I have adapted our Growth Mind Set seminar to include specific strategies to help children understand and cope at this difficult time.

I have emphasised certain concepts such as adaptability and flexibility, planning ahead, finding joy in the small and seeming ordinary, expressing gratitude and learned optimism. To allow time for the additions, an extra hour has been added with no change to the cost.

Attendees will be provided with full notes, a gratitude journal for children, the 12 Habits of Happy Kids package and our Seeds of Hope affirmations cards. A supportive list of children’s books will also be provided to help children further grow their mind-sets.

As with all our programs, this seminar is based on what we actually DO so we can confidently offer effective, evidence- based strategies that will help all children to cope with confidence as this pandemic gradually finishes.

Details of the next GROWTH MINDSET seminar are provided here for interested participants.

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