“We think too much about what goes wrong and not enough about what goes right in our lives. Of course, sometimes it makes sense to analyze bad events so that we can learn from them and avoid them in the future. However, people tend to spend more time thinking about what is bad in life … Continue reading ‘W is for…What Went Well’
Accomplishment – (noun) 1. an act or instance of carrying into effect; fulfilment 2. something done admirably or creditably 3. anything accomplished; deed; achievement As educators we are often so caught up in the progress of our students that we may not take the time to even realise that their successes are actually a result … Continue reading PERMA Series – Part 5: ‘A for Accomplishment’
Along a similar line to ‘What Went Well’ is working out which things that happened in your day that you want to focus on. I term these things that go well ‘Wins!’ because when things go well it’s like ‘High-5 to me’ and a definite boost to my mood and wellbeing. Despite there being some low … Continue reading WIN!
Although we might want to feel happy all the time, the fact of the matter is that things happen in life that leave us feeling less than spritely and in a good mood. I don’t think this is necessarily a bad thing – not that I’m wanting the life I live to be a dire … Continue reading PERMA Series – Part 1: ‘P for Positive Emotion’
There’s been a bit of banter on the Twitter airwaves about parenting and how it affects our ability as teachers recently. Craig Kemp (@mrkempnz) wrote about how he felt his recent experience of becoming a father had enhanced his professional practice, whilst Corinne Campbell (@corisel) penned a sophisticated description of her experience as a committed … Continue reading How Becoming a Parent Made Me a Worse Teacher.
Although we want our students to be well connected and have a solid social foundation and network at school, the allegiance they can have for their peers can sometimes be detrimental, especially when the result is adults not knowing that their children/students are engaging in some inappropriate or dangerous activities. I understand this reluctance to … Continue reading Dobbing VS Reporting
Many years ago now I experienced relatively severe bullying from a colleague. This person was deeply offended by something I had said which he had not understood and when he asked another colleague of the meaning of ‘social etiquette’ was given the response ‘To eat soup through a straw when you’re dining with the Queen.’ … Continue reading Victim Mentality