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. 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 … Continue reading Nature Data Collection
Sticks and Stones 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 … Continue reading Solving World Problems One Mum at At Time : Sticks and Stones
Happy Kids – 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’s 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 … Continue reading Happy Kids – What’s Resilience Got to Do With It?
Do you feel listening skills have declined and why might this be so? Continue reading Glugs Wine, Listens to Silence
Ladybird Ladybird ‘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’ When I was teaching in Tanzania, we often … Continue reading ‘Miss, The Elephants’
What will you settle on today? Some people love being preoccupied with thoughts. Thoughts provide them with constant entertainment, interaction, they believe thinking is important. They are addicted to distraction and fearful of boredom, inner silence, or feeling alone without them. Our minds are often likened to busy monkeys leaping from tree to tree or butterflies fluttering from flower to flower. We are good at multitasking, reacting, and scanning for the pleasant, unpleasant or neutral and choosing all the time between them. Life is fast paced, work is busy, families are doing, schools are cramming… So what can we settle … Continue reading What Will You Settle On Today?
Pop Up Talks for your Family, School, Business, Workplace. These flexible, fun and fairly priced 1.5 – 3 hour sessions include – – What’s all the Stress About? – ways to teach each other to relax. – Contented Parenting – a Behavioural Transformation model – Mind Space in the Work Place – creating space to just BE? – Yoga & Mindfulness – how 5 minute movement breaks can create a calm and flexible school/family/workplace community – Lessons From A Teenager – lessons FROM teens – giving them a powerful voice – How to Love What You Do – Social Media … Continue reading Have Bag Will Pop Up or In!
A Random Diablog. Want to restore Calm, Balance, Energy, Creativity… try this it’s free Long busy days, late nights, screens, after school clubs etc most kids it seems, are pretty busy and so are most adults. A Pause in Your Day When I’m teaching, I often have a slot where I encourage the class to have a pause in their day. They’ll sit up straight or stand, close their mouths, put their index finger near the tip of their nose, to help them focus, and breathe, as simple as that, just breathe. There’s always one or two who take big … Continue reading Just Put Your Lips Together & Breathe
What about the children who don’t fit into the box or even want a box? Continue reading What Box