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The Global Search for Education: I Believe I Can Grow

Education World – Cathy Rubin

“Carol Dweck’s growth mindset research has found that children who believe their talents and abilities can be developed through hard work, perseverance and lots of good mentoring from others are willing to take on more learning challenges. When faced with these challenges, they are more resilient and more likely to succeed, particularly children from vulnerable populations.” (more)

The art of reflection: how to become a more thoughtful educator

The Guardian – Jamie Thom

“Most teachers are passionate about what they do. But research suggests that after the first few years of teaching they can begin to stagnate in their practice. It’s easy for frustrations about making the same mistakes to creep in, and we often look for quick fixes. As Dylan William suggests: “Teachers are like magpies. They love picking up shiny little ideas from one classroom; taking it back to their classroom; trying it once, and then moving on to the next shiny idea.” So how can teachers energise themselves and become more thoughtful educators? I’ve found that taking control of my development through regular reflection and follow-up actions has helped me take ownership of my teaching and better understand how I can improve.” (more)

Mindfulness in High School

Edutopia – Mary Davenport

“Some classrooms have a certain aura, don’t they? When you enter, there’s a sense of peace, community, clarity, and active presence from all stakeholders. That is the kind of classroom I want to create, and one way I’ve sought to accomplish this is by taking a course in mindfulness for educators. Since then, I have led daily mindful moments in all of my classes. It’s been transformative for classroom culture.” (more)

Every school needs a staff wellbeing team – here’s how to start one

The Guardian – Daniella Lang

“I started as headteacher at Brimsdown primary school in Enfield, north London, during a troubling time for the school. There had been two requires improvement Ofsted inspections, and it was judged to be in the lowest 10% for year 6 reading progress. The subsequent changes my leadership team and I made – a new English and phonics scheme, for example – and redundancies during the first year left staff morale low. So I made the decision to start a staff wellbeing team, and asked for volunteers from the teaching staff to help. The results have been extraordinary.” (more)

Mindfulness for Educators

Education World – Keith Lambert

“There’s no denying that being a teacher in our modern age can be difficult. The role of any public servant can be trying at times, as we work long hours with very little direct appreciation. It is certainly a labor of love; a badge we wear proudly. Yet we must not forget, too, that if we don’t take care of ourselves, we can’t possibly take care of our students. We educators must find ways to keep balance.”(more)

Mindfulness For Kids: How To Teach Your Child To Live In The Moment

The Huffington Post – Alyson Schafer

“Have you ever had the experience of driving somewhere and not even remembering the ride? Too often our brains are running on auto-pilot — we spend time dwelling on the past or planning the future and miss being awake to the here and now. Yet, the only real time we can experience and impact is this very moment. That is why mindfulness is so important and practicing it can lead to a multitude of health benefits. Children can also benefit from practicing mindfulness: schools across North America are slowing beginning to incorporate mindfulness practices in daily classroom routines. Even if your child’s school doesn’t have a program, you can take the initiative to teach your child at home by following these simple tips.”(more)