Why should you give children breaks to help them learn? This post was inspired by an overheard conversation and links two issues. Access to planned interventions and the provision of learning breaks throughout the day. A parent of an autistic child was questioning whether a school should have stopped their child from attending their sensory… Continue reading Using Breaks To Enhance Learning
Let's Talk About Grief No one likes to think about death, let alone talk about it and who feels comfortable talking to children about death?! Being blessed with life means that we also have to cope with others dying and manage the associated emotions of grief. 2020 has sadly meant that we have all had… Continue reading Let’s Talk About Grief
Guest Post: Reducing Stress And Anxiety Stress and anxiety is a normal part of life that everyone experiences to some degree. Sometimes it can feel like your life is being controlled by these negative feelings. Especially at times when the future is uncertain and the present is unstable. It’s important to remember you have control… Continue reading 6 Quick Tips For Reducing Stress And Anxiety
Monitoring wellbeing using a food and mood chart We developed this food and mood chart when working with a non-verbal young man who had multiple but unclear food intolerances. This led to a highly limited diet that felt unethical. It was also felt this led to behaviours i.e the child will take food from others,… Continue reading Wellbeing: Food and Mood Chart
The Birth of BackPocketTeacher Hands up, who returns from school with a bizarre range of things in their pockets? Stickers, symbols, bubbles, raisins, latex gloves…. they’ve all been found in my pockets and also been seen spinning around my washing machine! As a SEND teacher I learnt very early on that however amazing and detailed… Continue reading BackPocketTeacher: Bereavement and Grief in SEND
Recognising your own emotions and identifying effective strategies for managing these is a key skill for any child.
There are many many children out there who are crying out for help. There are many dedicated, enthusiastic, creative and compassionate people who are desperate to help. These people need help, we are increasingly facing highly complex issues that very few educational professionals are equipped to deal with. I am writing this as a teacher but I know there are CAMHS workers, social workers and support staff throughout the country who are feeling like this.
Custom Tuff Tray Divider Originally posted on Collaboroo This was an idea I had when I first bought a tuff tray but was brought to life by our workshop tutor so I can't claim all the credit. I work in a mixed ability SEN key stage 4 class. My students love practical hands on activities,… Continue reading SEN Teacher: The Tuff Tray
I am in a reflective mood this rainy August morning. This blog may stray onto a bit of a personal theme, so forgive me. Back in December I pledged to take up the #teacher5aday challenge and pledged to focus on 5 areas of my practice with the aim of improving my Wellbeing. The idea… Continue reading An update on my #teacher5aday pledges.
Okay so this is a bit of a cheat blog, I have used a twitter chat to crowdsource - (tweetsource?) these tips for you. So we have advice from a range of connected educators all in one place! I asked the question: What is the best advice you have received on unwinding after a challenging… Continue reading 7 Tips for unwinding after a challenging day
I was honoured to be asked to host #behaviourchat on the 23rd May 2016 discussing ways to manage our emotions at work with a particular focus on behaviour.
When faced with displays of behaviour that challenge most schools resort to sanctions and consequences. For some this may work. If you work with Young people with a special educational need, mental health issues, or those experiencing that most troubling of all childhood issues - Puberty; need you to raise your game and think beyond… Continue reading Challenging Behaviour: 5 reasons your strategies aren’t working.
Well January has passed, it seems like the longest month. So many successes and achievements as well as set-backs and challenges. It seems like a good time to reflect on the pledges I made to #teacher5aday in this blog. #Connect - Aha achieved this one by presenting at #bett2016 however did feel I missed a… Continue reading Reflecting on my #Teacher5aday Pledges.
Soon after discovering twitter I stumbled upon the #teacher5aday initiative. This is basically an attempt to encourage educators to reflect on how they can focus on their own well-being. Workload and stress are widely reported in the TES and other media. The great thing about #teacher5aday is that it doesn't dwell on these but attempts… Continue reading The Importance of Wellbeing #Teacher5aday