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Nature Data Collection

Can you estimate the percentage of children in the UK who cannot identify an oak leaf? I have been carrying out little surveys in the classes I’ve been teaching.

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Depending on the intensity of the planning left, it’s always an exciting adventure to have the opportunity to get the kids out of class into nature.

The other day I visited a wonderful wildlife garden in a school and the class hadn’t been outside once this term to visit it.
Another school has an entire woodland area, and again the kids hadn’t stepped on a single twig. One teacher had been requested to no longer take his kids there as it was eating into too much curriculum time.
This isn’t true of many lovely schools I visit, however there are many not appreciating the benefits of getting kids outdoors.
What’s the impact of this nature disconnection?
Each evening, I lay out my supply teaching clothes, CRB lanyard, and an oak leaf for my own data nature connection collection.
Will share my statistically unreliable findings soon ūüėČ

Jane

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Sticks and Stones Do Hurt Kids

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As usual there was an intense amount of work left to cover and no time factored in to create connection.

People say, ‘Jane how do you know what to do, what’s it like walking into a class you have never met and teaching them, do they mess about?’

A handwritten 2 page letter was left on the desk informing me of the 12 most troublesome children including: ‘f has ADHD, x, y and z are trying to be the alpha males, s is sooo lazy really stamp on him, t is aggressive, l calls out all the time, s daydreams. ‘I’ want to know all the details, please leave as much feedback as possible’

The simple exchange of a smile, taking an interest in a book a pupil has on their desk, or noticing their pencilcase design, can make the difference between a successful or exhausting supply cover day.

Alongside the endless writing abd back to back lessons I weaved in 5 minutes of my ‘Community Circle’. A circle of connection, which positively transforms the energy in any classroom. Not just for schools.

In these circles we celebrate our uniqueness and wholeness, get present to eachothers’ stories and develop a flourishing community and culture.

Take care when casting words and spells as they can stick and hurt. U get my drift?

Jane ūüēČÔłŹ
Boosting Resilience. Resourcefulness and Real World Thinking
Play Alchemist
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Are You Paying Attention?

The simplest things in life can have the most profound effects.

Would you agree?

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Papayas Pinched by the Monkeys

Our porch in Tanzania was overlooked by a volcano called Mount Meru, breathtaking on clear days.

Monkeys would climb the papaya tree, pinching fruit, often boldly entering the house.

Grazes, rashes or burns eased with juice from the aloe vera

The children played on the grass infront, or went off on adventures around the vast school campus.

Adults strolled together through the surrounding villages and coffee plantations.

It’s not always easy to measure the impact an experience has on us.

A conversation with a stranger.

A connection with a family member or friend.

A family adventure

Are you paying attention?

Jane Tyson
Solving World Problems One Mum at a Time
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Happy Kids – What’s Resilience Got to Do With It?

Happy Kids ‚Äď What’s¬†Resilience¬†Got¬†To¬†Do With It?¬†

Being a parent is the most challenging job any of us will have!   

This session is designed for curious parents who would like to explore ways they can give their child fresh possibilities to adapt to the challenges of life.

In this¬†3¬†hour¬†session you will learn¬†ways to –¬†

  • Teach your child how to adapt to frustrating times. Become their life mentor.
  • Help your child‚Äôs learning experience to become easier and more effective¬†
  • Become aware which parenting styles get¬†the¬†best for you and your children
  • Elicit calm responses with your child when you have to communicate topics which could be stressful¬†
  • Improve¬†their self esteem
  • Develop¬†enjoyable loving¬†sibling relationships

family dialogues

My workshops respond to the group¬†dyanamic,¬†hence¬†they are ‘flexible’.¬† Take away¬†your learning, practice and personalise it to suit your family. Come back to learn and practice some more to create together a family that can cope with change, pick themselves up and move on with everyday challenges.

Happy Parents, Happy Kids. 

£50.

The first 3 and repeating customers will enjoy our special rate of £30 

It will be held in Guildford.

Book here 

I also offer one to one programmes and support, and Skype sessions.  

Find me on Linked In –¬† JaneTyson.co.uk¬†

I’m a mum, teacher of 20 years in private, public and international settings, have a BA Hons in Education and Psychology. teach meditation and yoga to children and families and have a Life Long Passion in exploring ‘What Makes People Tick’.¬†¬†

Guildford, Surrey –¬†Book Here

Feedback from my¬†workshops¬† –

‘Excellent workshop,¬†well structured¬†offering practical¬†advise¬†in an understanding and nurturing environment’

‘I just wanted to say thank you for your great advice during last workshop. Now every time I’m about to react instead of respond I see you tapping your nose and I take a deep breath’.

‘Really enjoyed the workshop and felt like I have some good ideas to remind me to be in the right frame of mind when dealing with my children’s emotions and behaviours’

‘I enjoyed the atmosphere of helping each other, suggestions and reminders’

‘It’s clear that Jane practices what she teaches’

‘A great workshop which helped me to look for ways to create a more peaceful and happy environment with my children’

‘Jane was friendly and informative. Sharing great ideas to make a happier household’

‘Thank you for the inspiration’

‘A very interesting and straight forward approach’

‘Jane was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and keen to help’

‘The workshop was very interactive with great relevant content’

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‘Miss, The Elephants’

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‘Please put that back where you found it,¬† hurry up and get back into line,’ words shouted to a 6 year old child in a school I was teaching in a while ago. The little girl had a ladybird in the palm of her hand and was showing it to a friend.¬† She set the ladybird free and lined up in the straight line with all the other children.

‘Miss, the elephant’¬†

A teaching mentor once advised me ‘Don’t be the teacher who misses the elephant walking past the classroom’

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When I was teaching in Tanzania, we often had monkeys visiting the classroom, no matter how many times they came in to steal crumbs from the floor the kids got distracted and excited. At the time, I was also studying to ‘BE’ a mindfulness teacher and completing a yoga teaching course, so despite feeling irritated,¬† I reminded myself to be present with the experience, have a 10431412_10152530791344789_4232260385897800258_obeginners mind with the visits and to see them through the children’s fresh curious eyes!

The children also used to love the large birds that perched on the telephone wires outside and sometimes we’d all just stand by the windows watching them. We’d find out what they were called, researching the photos in our small collection of bird spotting books and of course if the electricity and internet were working we’d use google.

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Lessons From the Ladybird

After the ladybird was set free,¬† I went back to class to tell my children about it and found out what they knew about them.¬† We looked at photos online of¬† different ladybirds, found out where they lived,¬† counted the different spots and introduced the word symmetry, little children love big words and there’s so many avenues still to explore. We added this learning to the slug, snails and power ranger interest zone.

Monkey Minds

Often I talk with the children about their busy monkey minds, and teach them ways to settle and calm ourselves, largely because I ‘need’ them to be quiet on the carpet.¬† Kids are naturally curious, playful and present, are we teaching them to be busy, distracted and stressed?

I Missed the Elephant

Whilst typing this I forgot to pay attention, the birds have been singing outside all the while and I didn’t notice –¬† I missed the elephant.

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Seize the day.

A PLAYce to BE

I facilitate a monthly PLAYce to BE and the next one is Saturday April 28th venue tbc, usually it’s at Clandon Wood near Guildford in Surrey or somewhere equally peacefully. Why not come along and take a couple of hours out to just BE. Info¬†here.¬†

If you would like me to come and talk to your organisation about simple ways to get present, please email me jane@janetyson.co.uk.

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Adults stop playing because they worry they might fall over.

A Lesson From the Brownies 

Another ‘Random’ workshop with the Brownies this evening.
 
Before we did some moves, mindset and mindlessness, I did a little research for my ‘adult’ playful / random / mindlessful workshop this Saturday and asked them 3 questions –
 

What does the word ‘play’ mean to you? –

 
Friends
Games
Tablet
Donuts
 

‘Why Do Adults Stop Playing’?

 
Because of us
They haven’t got time
They give up
They can’t play, don’t know how to
Too old to be chased
Worried about falling over
We are faster than them and they get frustrated they can’t keep up
 

‘Why Do You Like To Play?’

 
  • Relax
  • Fun
  • Exercise
  • Problems go away
  • Builds Imagination
  • Reminds us that fun is important
  • Laughter is the best medicine
  • Gives us something to do
Adults what do you reckon to the Brownies list?
 
Next week I’m with teens at a Youth Club
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link up with me at – janetyson.co.uk

Shrove Tuesday – Do you give a Toss?

 

A Message for my daughter and maybe yours too?

What is Shrove Tuesday?

Going through this week’s calendar and getting organised, I note it’s pancake day on Tuesday. I’ve taught the meaning of this to kids over the years in different schools, and remember that the word ¬†shrove¬†is linked to being shriven from sin. In past times there was a call to confession with the pancake bell.

Fasting

Some research suggests that people used up their store cupboard ingredients in the pancakes,  so they were eaten before the 40 fasting period of Lent. Other reading points to the ingredients having pagan symbolism.

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I feel so bad

In my youthful, naive, fresh teaching days I used to talk¬†to the children about giving up things for Lent, ‘so kids what are you going to give up, what sins/wrongs are you committing that need to be put right?’ now I’d¬†say ‘what’s going right for you that you could explore further, what value could you add to self ana¬† others?’

Stop beating yourself up

Giving up things just makes us think of them even more and we might even start to crave them and then feel ‘bad’ when we give in. ¬†I’m rather bored of either feeling good and bad and hearing talk of feeling guilty because I ate this or did that. I’d rather not teach kids to beat themselves up. Let’s teach them about balance. ¬†I wrote about a blog about developing an abundance mindset¬†here.untitled-design-5

How can we ‘add’ more value?

My 10 year old daughter sometimes tells me she’s fat. I’ve been so careful about only celebrating our bodies, I’ve never spoken of going on a diet or asked whether my bum looks big in this.¬†¬†Yet she’s picking up messages about image and comparcompa from all around – school, the TV, books etc. I ask her what can she do more of that’s good for her, what does she enjoy, what makes her feel good and importantly I need to role model this myself.¬†

Happy Tossing.

Jane x