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Supporting Development Through Play

‘Play, as a medium for curriculum delivery, is recognised as the most appropriate way for young children to learn’ Neaum & Tallak, 1997 Did you know that this week is Children’s Week? This is a national program recognising the talents, skills, achievements and rights of young people. Throughout the country there are a range of … Continue reading Supporting Development Through Play

ASD: Reducing Anxiety Caused by Social Interactions

I read this beautiful blog recently. It was written by someone who was diagnosed with Asperger’s later in life, and talks about how their ‘cup of human interaction’ was full and how hard this made school. It was timed perfectly as I had just had this discussion with a parent whose child was starting to … Continue reading ASD: Reducing Anxiety Caused by Social Interactions

What we can learn from Superman about raising children

Following on from yesterday's post about Superheroes in the Classroom, today's post is just a bit of fun about how we can learn from Superman. This is adapted from Rosenberg (2008) ‘Superman’s Personality: From Krypton, Kansas, or both?’ Behavioural Activation Systems: We are all born with innate ‘activation systems’ that vary depending on our biology … Continue reading What we can learn from Superman about raising children

Superheroes in the Classroom

In his book ‘The Psychology of Superheroes’, Rosenberg explores the context, happiness and positive psychology of popular superheroes. As Peterson & Park point out in chapter one, superheroes do not seek pleasure with their superpowers (indeed, it is normally their arch-nemeses that are doing this), but create happiness through connecting with something larger than their … Continue reading Superheroes in the Classroom

How Growth Mindsets improve student pride

The following is a summary of a research study undertaken by Ellen Maria Cook, Tim Wildschutt & Sander Thomaes (Educational and Child Psychology, 2017, 34(3)) Those working in and managing educational settings should consider implementing teaching approaches and learning environments that are inclusive, supportive and conducive to the development of a Growth Mindset. Carol Dweck … Continue reading How Growth Mindsets improve student pride