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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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I like cats; they’re my favourite pet. I have had cats in my life ever since I can remember. My childhood cats were Impsy, a small black cat my Mum thought was impish in her behaviour, then there was Torty the Persian tortoiseshell with beautiful soft fur and languorous behaviour; sensuality on four legs. Finally was Timmy the tabby, who spent most of his time charging around and shinnying up trees as boys do, whether feline or human. We had other pets too including dogs, mice and birds. I distinctly remember nursing a sickly kitten, keeping it in my doll’s pram and feeding it milk with my toy baby bottle. I used to bring the mother in to feed it too. I think it was one of Torty’s. The cats were my friends and I played with them often. I never understood why they didn’t want to be pushed along in the pram or wear bonnets. The dogs wouldn’t co-operate with this either. It was not surprising that when I had children of my own that our house was full of even more pets, including cats, of course, than I had as a child. Nowadays with my children grown up and me travelling so often, I am unable to have a cat, or any pet for that matter. This will all change one day. Continue reading

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The Benefits of Dr Seuss

I think Dr Seuss is one of those authors you either love or loathe, but either way, he has been enormously influential. Whatever it takes to get kids interested in reading is the way to go, irrespective of our own personal preferences. I was particularly interested to read the following article because it reminded me of a relief class (year 1) I taught years ago. I was told that it was a particularly difficult class, all of whom had poor concentration, and that I should come prepared. So I did. In my usual fashion I brought along all my props – the CD’s and some of the equipment I use in kidz-fiz-biz – but also brought along my “Cat in the Hat” hat and I was wearing my over sized T-shirt of the same name. I also wore an enormous knitted and brightly colored coat. I told the children I had ‘tricks up my sleeve’ which kept the agog all day. I read them the story of the Cat in the Hat on a rainy day while wearing my hat and T-shirt to ‘set the scene’, after which they had to write their own story of what they would like to do on a rainy day. Sometimes we need ‘over the top’ props to get through and I was very grateful for my Dr Seuss books and pops. It was an enormously successful day. They weren’t demons at all, just curious 6 year-olds. Continue reading

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Laughter IS the Best Medicine

Do you know what happens to your body when you laugh? There has been lots of research carried out both in America and Australia on how laughter affects our immune system. Some of that research has shown that the endorphins released during laughter can be harnessed to control chronic pain. This research has also shown what happens to your body when you laugh. Continue reading

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The Need for a Highly Developed Imagination

I was alarmed when I read an article recently indicating that many of today’s children lack imagination. Lacking imagination impairs the child’s ability to use lateral thinking, to do anything creative or to engage in dramatic play. When large numbers of children lack imagination, alarm bells should ring. It is a tragedy, not only for those children, but for the future of our planet. Continue reading

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How to Climb Mountains ~ by Paulo Coelho

Choose the mountain you want to climb:
don’t pay attention to what other people say, such as ‘that one’s more beautiful’ or ‘this one’s easier’. You’ll be spending lots of energy and enthusiasm to reach your objective, so you’re the only one responsible and you should be sure of what you’re doing. Continue reading

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Overcoming Adversity

Just when you think life’s tough and you’re contemplating going off to a little pity party on your own somewhere, the universe always manages to show you something to put it all back into perspective. I thought I’d share two recent events with you that totally amazed me and certainly made me very grateful and humble. Continue reading

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