I have always been intrigued by the nuances of character. Each individual has a unique constellation of strengths that interact to make them who they are. One of the great joys of being an educator is interacting with a wide diversity of students (and staff). No two are ever the same. And nor would we… Continue reading Why Character Strengths?
As a classroom teacher and rowing coach, I have watched some naturally ‘talented’ students not reach their potential. At the same time, I have seen far less ‘talented’ students go on to do amazing things. Thankfully, educators have broadened their predictors of success to more than simply IQ. In his book, ‘Why Children Succeed’ Paul Tough… Continue reading Cultivating motivation and grit
Some of the most interesting questions begin with a ‘why’. Students ask ‘why’ to find relevance and purpose in their learning, while teachers ask ‘why’ to develop greater understanding of their work. One of the big questions for parents and educators to ponder is – Why do we go to school? Why do we provide an… Continue reading On Positive Education
A sense of accomplishment is important for our overall well-being. All our students want to feel they are making progress. The school years are where we grow our foundations for adulthood and achievements during this time go a long way to predicting our future opportunities and outcomes. A wholehearted sense of accomplishment builds self-efficacy and… Continue reading On mindset and accomplishment
I’m all for student agency. Valuing student voice and decision making is key to creating a school that has placed well-being core to its culture. Our Middle School leadership team recently had the opportunity to reflect on some generative questions around well-being at St Andrew’s, and asked students to ponder the following; What do you… Continue reading Student leadership and well-being
I love this time of year. The St Andrew’s College campus is in full bloom, and summer is just around the corner. Where did the year go? Exams, farewells and the anticipation of Christmas holidays. It’s a busy time. In all the haste, I wanted to share an end of year ritual that has become… Continue reading On Gratitude
I’ve had some interesting reactions to my well-being role. I think some people may see it as fluffy/superfluous. Head of Happiness. Little Miss Sunshine. I get it. There are many assumptions made about the role of positive psychology and well-being in education. Having conversations and shifting any misconceptions is an important first step in developing… Continue reading Well-being: Embracing the skeptics
Student voice is important. Yes? In the end, it is our students who are experiencing first-hand what it feels like to be a learner at St Andrew's College. When it comes to considering where we should change and grow- their perspectives matter. Some of my greatest learning as a teacher has come from reflecting on… Continue reading Well-being: What do our students think?
At the beginning of 2017, St Andrew’s College established a whole school goal to focus on student and staff well-being. The past 10 years have seen growth in the field of Positive Psychology—the science of what makes people flourish in life. Psychological and neurological research has proven that it is possible to explicitly teach the… Continue reading What is well-being?