Why Sketching Builds Resilience

What do you remember doing as a child and not really appreciating at the time, and has this influenced you now? Is Outcome Always A Priority?  During half term 2015, my husband Paul was away with work in Syria, so as often happens in the holidays,  I drove the kids up North to visit their older and younger cousins and spend time with my lovely sister in law, Auntie Sally, two mums working together is always so much easier than one eh. On this occasion we met at one of our favourite bolt holes in the Lake District, the Independent … Continue reading Why Sketching Builds Resilience

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. 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 Do Hurt Kids

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. … Continue reading Sticks and Stones Do Hurt Kids

Are You Paying Attention?

One day the small things become the big things. Continue reading Are You Paying Attention?

Rolling, Rolling, Rolling

A Random DiaBlog A Post from 2016… We watched the Blues Brothers last night – It’s 236 miles to York I’ve got a tank full of gas Half a pack of salt and vinegar crinkles It’s light And I’m wearing glasses Hit it! ‘Move ’em on, head ’em up, Head ’em up, move ’em on, Move ’em on, head ’em up Rawhide. Keep Rolling & Playing On a mission of God😉 Jane Tyson I am who I say I am And Who I say I am That is Who I am #BeSayDoLove #bluesbrothers #play #iambeic #frustrationexpert Continue reading Rolling, Rolling, Rolling

Distrackted

A Random DiaBlog How Often Do you Notice you are Dis-Trackted? Our path in life is not always clear, actually it’s pretty unclear for most of us. For those of you who have worked out your main route (congratulations), you might notice though how often you get side-tracked, dis-track–ted, or even lost, but that’s all just perfectly how it’s meant to be.   Sometimes, it maybe just a little tiring not feeling on track,  it might be like being pulled in different directions and even trodden on. When we do slow down and take time out, how easy do you … Continue reading Distrackted