Positive Deviance

What is positive deviance? Positive deviance is an innovative approach to problem solving. It suggests when we need to solve problems in our communities and organisations, we should look to individuals or groups who are ‘positive deviants’ for solutions. Positive deviants face the same (or perhaps worse) challenges/problems as the rest of their community/organisation andContinue reading “Positive Deviance”

Forest School

The positive impact of being in and connecting with nature is immense. Research suggests that some of the benefits for children accessing a green space include stress and anxiety reduction, enhanced focus, resilience, reduction in behavioural problems and overall improved mental well-being.   Yet, many of our children spend most of their time indoors. WeContinue reading “Forest School”

Lesson idea: Writing A Letter For A Bad Day

The content below is taken from the Learning Library at IPEN and is by Emily Larson (Director). It is the last of four interlinked lesson ideas I have posted, which focus on raising awareness of how our emotions impact us and the importance of developing emotional intelligence amongst children.  IPEN’s Learning Library has many freeContinue reading “Lesson idea: Writing A Letter For A Bad Day”

Lesson idea: Positive Artefacts

The content below is taken from the Learning Library at IPEN and is by Emily Larson (Director). It is the third of four interlinked lesson ideas I will be posting, which focus on raising awareness of how our emotions impact us and the importance of developing emotional intelligence amongst children.  IPEN’s Learning Library has manyContinue reading “Lesson idea: Positive Artefacts”

Failure

Failure – a word which tends to be associated with not being good enough, or being unsuccessful. For some it might bring feelings of embarrassment, anxiety, a lack of confidence or even anger. Children are affected by the way adults react to their perceived failures and watch how we handle our own personal failures. WeContinue reading “Failure”

Developing A Child’s Strengths

Building up self awareness, confidence and resilience is a key part of positive child development. One way to do this is to make children aware of their personal strengths and how they can regularly use them. Talking about strengths A useful way of starting the conversation about strengths is to ask children to think aboutContinue reading “Developing A Child’s Strengths”

Personal Strengths

We all have strengths. These impact on our behaviour, thoughts, feelings and actions. Recognising our strengths and finding ways to use these in our personal and professional lives provides us with opportunities to actively improve our well-being. Not only do we become more aware of what we enjoy and what we’re good at, studies suggestContinue reading “Personal Strengths”

Grit

Angela Duckworth, former teacher, current psychology professor & researcher, uses the term ‘grit’ to describe the passion and perseverance needed to successfully achieve challenging and personally meaningful long-term goals. Drawing from her research, Duckworth states hard work and effort are more important than natural talent when it comes to predicting success. People who continue toContinue reading “Grit”