Category Archives: Teaching

‘Tis the Season to be Jolly

At this time of year it’s very easy to be overwhelmed by all there is to do that we can easily forget what the season is really all about. It’s not only about consideration of others; it’s also about consideration of ourselves. We can’t help others or be appropriate roles models if we are grumpy and unreachable through exhaustion and stress. Sometimes it is hard to think about being charitable when we feel we are the only ones doing absolutely everything! Continue reading

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Learning to Learn – Some Strategies

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Some children (and indeed some adults) have a great deal of trouble sitting and concentrating for even relatively short periods of time. Studies show that more than 50 minutes at a time and even adults drift off, unable to concentrate any longer. Ever noticed that university lectures are around 45-50 minutes long? There’s a reason. Continue reading

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The Power of a Winning Routine

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“Studies have been made on how habitual exercise impacts our daily routines in other areas of our lives. While it’s not completely clear why this happens, James Porochaska, a University of Rhode Island researcher says that “Exercise spills over. There’s something about it that makes other habits easier.” Continue reading

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Having Passion

I had the privilege last weekend of attending a school reunion, not mine, but my brother’s. It wasn’t a school year, as such, that was being celebrated but rather the year that two new, young teachers started at the school and decided it would be a good idea to put on a musical production – The Pirates of Penzance. It was such a huge success that the next year they did it again with HMS Pinafore. There were several things that were remarkable about this evening, the most obvious being the passage of time since that eventful first year – fifty years! Continue reading

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A Selfless Act

I get tired of people telling me about how badly behaved children are today (compared with when?), how selfish they are ‘ blah, blah, blah ‘ and so I thought I’d share with you an article from a past Cancer Council WA newsletter as it struck a chord with me, and hopefully it will with you too. Continue reading

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Lessons from a Business Coach

Barbara Anderson put out a newsletter a few years ago in which she outlined tips for managing and keeping staff. When I read through the list, I thought these principles apply to people in any profession, including teachers, not just business people. They can also apply to how we relate to children, empowering them so they feel good about themselves. An extract from Barbara’s newsletter follows – Continue reading

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Some Strategies for Calming Children

Hyperactivity in children is an increasing problem and one that does not have a simple solution. Expecting all children to be able to lie still with eyes closed while you play relaxing music is unrealistic. Most children will not be able to do this without prior experience. Instead, start off with some calming activities and gradually work up to lying down with eyes closed. Following are some strategies that might help. Continue reading

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