Mindful Planning

Why am I planning when I’m not a teacher? I may not be a teacher in the conventional sense these days, but I still spend a lot of my time teaching. I also spend a lot of time in schools and colleges so working in academic years works much better for me than...

Passion Projects – why they are so important

I’ve had a very interesting few days combining work and passion projects. In just over a week I have: Visited The Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital in Chelsea to help deliver a cheque for money raised through an amazing local project Had a meal out with good friends...

Life is better when you live in the moment.

How often do you live in the moment?  Life is busy.  We have created a culture where busy is important and the busier you are the more valuable you must be. We are so busy that we are constantly either ruminating over something that has already happened, or...

Dedicated or Dangerous? Is your work ethic killing you?

Teachers are among the most dedicated professionals I have ever had the pleasure of working with but is this dedication doing more damage than just making you feel tired?  At this time of year the internet is full of memes and posts with the hashtag: #teachertired. ...

Stretching your comfort zone

My comfort zone is a very lovely place. I consider it to be moderately sized and a very warm and friendly place. I like to think that it is average sized maybe even a little larger than average, after all I have performed on stage at the London Palladium, sung at...

Journaling for mental wellness

Journaling has become increasingly popular over recent years.   People are increasingly returning to pen and paper when they want to get their thoughts out or explore their emotions. Whether it is beautifully decorated art journals or a more structured bullet journal...

Preparing your class for assessments?

It’s that time of year!  Teachers around the world are feeling anxious knowing that they have to subject their class to the inevitable assessments. Unfortunately most teachers know that assessments, particularly for young children, are not the way to get the...

Why is being present so important anyway?

” Living in the moment, and seeing everything afresh without judgement and worry lets us experience life rather than simply get through it.” Dr Patrizia Collard (The Little Book of Mindfulness) Being present is the very essence of mindfulness. Learning to...

The Science of Mindfulness

For years I have been an advocate for relaxation and using calming, natural methods in the classroom.  Let me give you some background. When I was 7 years old I had a teacher I loved, Mrs Duffy. She was the most incredible teacher. But her method for teaching us our...
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