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...

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...
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