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Education, Learning, Mind, School, teambuilding -

We’ve discussed the practice of mindfulness for learners on the blog previously and another tool to help children better understand themselves is the mood diary. A mood diary helps to build up a picture of when certain feelings might be triggered. It’s as much about positive feelings as negative. We all see our productivity, concentration, alertness and creativity change through the day. Early birds and night owls are a well-known example. But getting to know that about yourself can be tricky. It can be muddled by what we want to be, what other people want us to be, and how...

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Education, Learning, School, Style -

Walking into your child’s classroom you will see lots of colour, displays, tables grouped together, activity areas and technology. What we understand about learning, education and child development is constantly evolving. If your schooldays were all about rote learning in straight lines of desks it might be hard to grasp. One of the key developments has been in acknowledging and understanding the different styles in which children learn. Infants absorb information about the world at a tremendous rate. They do this by observing those around them, copying and repeating. They like to explore the world in a physical way so...

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Brain, Common Entrance, Education, Exams, Learning, Mind, School -

At this point in a child’s life exams may be the most stressful thing they have experienced. They don’t have the learned skills or the full emotional and intellectual development to handle the pressure. More and more schools and families are invoking mindfulness – the practice of self-awareness – to deal with bad behaviour or anxiety around exam time. Stress and anxiety block the brain from higher functions of impulse control and from recalling the knowledge needed during exams. Similar to the fight or flight reaction it can also involve freezing, a paralysis of the mind and an inability to...

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Brain, Education, Learning, Mind, School -

  The brain is a funny thing, working in mysterious ways. It controls not only our movements but also every decision we make.  However, although many things we do are dictated by outside forces, the way in which we choose to react is up to us. This is our ‘mind set’.  Your mind set plays a major role in your attitudes, belief and confidence.  It is now thought that mind sets can either create, or get in the way of, success. Mind sets are spilt into two categories: a fixed mind set and the new theory of the growth mind...

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Common Entrance, Dyslexia, Education, Learning, School -

Common Entrance (CE) is the name given to the set of exams usually taken at age 11yrs (for girls) and age 13yrs (for boys or co-ed). The exams are set by the ISEB (Independent Schools Examinations Board) but each paper is marked by the school your child is hoping to go on to. This gives the school the ability to mark the paper in accordance with their specific requirements so there is no ‘set’ pass or fail; it is up to each school to set their grade boundaries. The pressure of Common Entrance exams can seem to permeate the whole...

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