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...

Valentine’s Day – a love celebration

Valentine’s Day can be quite devisive. It’s the Marmite of holidays. Some people love the romance and the whimsy, while others see it as a consumerist celebration exploited by card manufacturers, florists and chocolate producers to make us spend money...

Mindful Movement

January is the time when we are all thinking about getting in shape and losing some of those Christmas lbs. Gym memberships apparently increase by 40% during January as people realise that they need to get moving. However 80% of those new members will have stopped...

Mindful Eating – the hidden benefits

January has become synonymous with dieting, gym membership and starting a new healthy routine in western culture. The excesses of the holiday season often result in us gaining a few pounds and perhaps spending a bit too long sitting in front of the TV and when the new...

Wellbeing and OFSTED

As we wait patiently for the new OFSTED Framework we have been given a few clues as to what changes might be afoot. One of the key focuses of the new guidelines seems to be wellbeing; that of staff as well as students.  OFSTED has been a cause of stress for schools...

Glitter and Grimaces

Seasons Greetings! Tis the season to sparkle and scream in schools, particularly in primary schools as we approach the end of the first term of the year.  As if you haven’t had enough to cope with this term getting used to a new class, settling them into your...

Thanksgiving – a year round practice

This week is Thanksgiving in the US.Whilst this isn’t a festival we celebrate in the UK, it is one which I am very drawn to because I love gratitude. This year I am even more excited about it because my stepson and his girlfriend are studying in the US so they...

Teaching: a calling not a job

I was 7 years old the first time I remember consciously thinking “I want to be a teacher”. Mrs Duffy was my teacher and she was amazing. She had a calm, maternal approach to teaching and she made learning fun. Her favourite activity was asking us to write...
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