Book chapter published in The Palgrave Handbook of Positive Education This chapter was developed by wellbeing, leadership, and regenerative sustainability author, Ash Buchanan who was a significant mentor and friend to me over the past five years. I supported the process as co-author, alongside a host of educators and practitioners collectively inquiring into the future… Continue reading Shifting Mindsets: Transforming Self, School, and Society
How can Unconditional Positive Regard support student healing as well as enhance teacher wellbeing? There is evidence to suggest that Unconditional Positive Regard (UPR) not only supports students’ healing and learning at school, but also leads to enhanced teacher wellbeing. So what is Unconditional Positive Regard? It was originally developed by psychologist Carl Rogers in… Continue reading Linking Unconditional Positive Regard and Teacher Wellbeing
It has now been over a month since completing the Berry Street Education Model course. It stands as one of the most valuable professional development opportunities I have had to date. A huge credit to Tom Brunzell and the education team at the Berry Street Childhood Institute. Hundreds of strategies were offered during the course… Continue reading Reflections on the Berry Street Education Model: Part 3
Imagine a school where teachers and students tend to each other’s wellbeing on a daily basis. A school where everyone is aware of the conditions that create thriving learning communities. A school where teachers and students alike openly discuss their strengths, weaknesses, hopes and dreams for themselves and the world. Being a teacher is the… Continue reading Are we teaching to survive or teaching to thrive?
The end of the year brings opportunities to pause and reflect. I am reflecting on one particular student who challenged and changed me more than any other. He was not at all easy to teach. In fact, we had frequent clashes; there were many days he would leave the classroom in anger, resulting in more… Continue reading A chance to be of value
The #BenefitMindset Schools Challenge gives students and teachers the opportunity to be among the first in the world to create and share their vision for how the Benefit Mindset can shape a better future. To get involved, check out the full brief on the #BenefitMindset Schools Challenge Medium page.
Author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s popular TED Talk on ‘the danger of the single story’ is a wonderful reminder to always remain open to diverse perspectives and to practice different ways of seeing and feeling. Most of us take for granted that subjectivity is a constant feature of our complex and interconnected world. But how can… Continue reading An ecosystem of understanding
Listening to NPR’s TED Radio Hour has fast become one of my morning routines during the daily commute to school. This week, Sarah Lewis’ closing remarks during her talk on ‘how near wins motivate us to keep going’ stood out in my mind: Masters are not experts because they take a subject to its conceptual… Continue reading Finding mastery in contribution