Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom

A practical guide to teaching happiness

Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom

Evidence has shown that happy people (those who experience more positive emotions) perform better in school, enjoy healthier relationships, are generally more successful and even live longer! It is an ever-growing concern, therefore, that children's levels of happiness and wellbeing are decreasing, while their levels of stress, anxiety and depression are increasing. As a result, many schools and teachers are looking for accessible ways to address these mental health problems in young people. In this practical and thoughtful book, experienced teacher and advisor on children's wellbeing, Adrian Bethune, takes the latest evidence and research from the science of happiness and positive psychology and brings them to life. Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom is packed full of tried-and-tested activities and techniques and has a foreword by Sir Anthony Seldon, former Master of Wellington College, well known for introducing and advocating happiness and wellbeing in education. It is an essential guide to supporting emotional and mental wellbeing in the primary classroom.

Teacher Well-Being

Looking After Yourself and Your Career in the Classroom

Teacher Well-Being

All teachers experience negative stress in the workplace whether it is due to pressures of the job whilst at school or the perpetual need to take work home. In this informative book, Elizabeth Holmes provides practical advice and solutions to enable teachers to experience less negative stress in their lives and understand the links between the way they function in the classroom and their personal well-being. Drawing on real life case studies and providing strategies for teachers wanting to be proactive in dealing with their well-being, stress and career, this book outlines all the different components that contribute to physical, emotional, spiritual and mental well-being. This includes: * good stress and bad stress * communication * enhancing personal well-being at school * well-being and career development. Written in a clear and accessible style with plenty of practical examples and advice, Teacher Well-Being is an essential read for all teachers, headteachers and school managers, whether just entering the profession or experienced practitioners.

Children’s Mental Health and Emotional Well-being in Primary Schools

A Whole School Approach

Children’s Mental Health and Emotional Well-being in Primary Schools

This text supports primary schools to develop strategies to enhance the importance of mental health and emotional well-being, to work on preventative strategies and to support children when they need more intervention.

The Wellbeing Classroom

Developing Trauma Informed Pedagogy in a Year 2-3 Classroom

The Wellbeing Classroom

Children who experience chronic stress or traumatization are vulnerable to becoming chronically hyper-vigilant and constantly alert to potential dangers, or dissociative and withdrawn. In schools, such children are physically present in class but have difficulty achieving a learning state receptive to new information. In 2012, a partnership between Salisbury Communities for Children, the University of South Australia School of Education, Schools Ministry Group and a DECD Primary School, led to planning and implementation of multiple strategies to support a Year 2-3 teacher to constructively respond to the needs of a class that included several chronically stressed and traumatized 6- to 8- year-old children. This report details the evaluation of the project, and makes recommendations for further implementation.

Teaching Character in the Primary Classroom

Teaching Character in the Primary Classroom

"Teaching Character in Primary Schools provides an excellent and very accessible overview of the emerging field of character education. It covers, in detail, the theory of character education as well as advice and guidance about how this should be applied in practice in primary schools." Professor James Arthur, University of Birmingham Character matters. As more and more schools are choosing to teach Character Education, trainee and beginning teachers need to know more. What is Character Education? Can it really be 'taught'? How does children's learning benefit from discussions around character in the classroom? How do I teach it? What does good teaching of Character Education look like in the classroom? Teaching Character Education in Primary schools tackles these questions, and many more. This is a practical guide to why and how we can teach Character in primary schools. It begins by exploring why character matters and considers what 'character' is and (importantly) what it is not. It goes on to discuss the place for teaching character in primary education and includes practical guidance on how it can be taught. The text also looks at character beyond the classroom, how parents and the wider community can be included in the teaching of character and how outdoor learning and education can contribute. This book is written for all those who are new to teaching character.

100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Mindfulness in the Classroom

100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Mindfulness in the Classroom

The development of mindfulness in the classroom arms children with life-long skills that support their current and future mental health and well-being. However, with an ever-growing curriculum, planning for yet another aspect within a school day can feel like an overwhelming task. This book provides teachers with quick, easy and simple ideas to support the development of mindfulness as an integrated part of the school day without compromising the everyday demands of the primary curriculum and the classroom. 100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Mindfulness in the Classroom is filled with simple tried and tested activities that, when used in conjunction with each other in everyday practice, develop positive mental health skills for all children, including those with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Teaching Without Disruption in the Primary School

A practical approach to managing pupil behaviour

Teaching Without Disruption in the Primary School

The issue of behaviour has, and always will be, a main dilemma facing schools. Encouraging positive relationships whilst preventing disruption, and motivating students to learn, raises concerns for any teacher. This fully updated second edition of Teaching without Disruption in the Primary School offers a comprehensive and constructive approach to developing effective behaviour management. Packed full of tasks, case studies, and research-based guidance, this extremely practical book reflects high quality behaviour management training and is crucially informed by empirical evidence on exactly what works in classrooms and schools. Containing two brand new chapters - one on the importance of theory in developing effective behaviour management, and the other detailing a toolkit for constructing effective classroom management plans - the book presents a model for developing: effective behaviour management at the individual pupil, classroom and whole school level professional social skills, assertiveness and coping strategies understanding of how teachers’ thinking and behaviour can unwittingly affect pupil behaviour a roadmap for establishing and maintaining authority pupils’ self-control and social competence using a cognitive-behavioural approach an appreciation of the value of adopting a research-based approach to behaviour management. Roland Chaplain has used this programme to successfully teach behaviour management techniques to thousands of PGCE trainees at the University of Cambridge, UK. Underpinned by contemporary educational, psychological and neuroscientific research, this book offers a progressively focused behaviour management model which will appeal to all teachers and teacher trainees, as well as to those who train them.

Body Image in the Primary School

Body Image in the Primary School

The average child watches between 20,000 and 40,000 adverts a year. Girls as young as six are cutting down on what they eat to stay thinner. Three quarters of ten and eleven year olds would like to change their appearance. Body image and its impact upon self-esteem has been recognised as an issue which affects increasingly younger children. Research in this area has traditionally focused on adolescents yet anxieties about appearance often develop at a much earlier age than this. Primary schools have a critical role in helping children to develop a healthy body image through positive intervention. Body Image in the Primary School offers step-by-step lessons for teachers to address this issue. It examines the continuous media and peer pressures that young children are exposed to and encourages children to recognise their own strengths and qualities and to become resilient members of society. The authors demonstrate a practical range of activities and projects for teachers to work with designed to make them confident in discussing body image in the classroom. This book offers: lesson plans for Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and the transition to Key Stage 3 practical guidance on how to support and involve parents and carers analysis on the changing social influences of home life, peer pressure and the media overviews of research on the links between body image, academic achievement and emotional well-being. This book contains explicit links to SEAL and the ECM outcomes and will be of significant interest to all teachers, teaching assistants and practitioners working with primary children.

Politics and the Primary Teacher

Politics and the Primary Teacher

Why is primary education so high on the political agenda, and so contentious? Why is the performance of primary schools so often in the media spotlight? Why should primary teachers trouble themselves with the politics of their work? Politics and the Primary Teacher is an accessible introduction to some of the thorniest aspects of a primary teacher’s role. It aims to support your understanding of the constant changes in education policy, give you confidence to engage critically with current political debates, and consider how you might shape your response accordingly. Including questions for reflection, and selected further reading and resources, it examines the complex interface between the work of a teacher and the world beyond the classroom walls. Key issues explored include: assessment, testing, league tables and national accountability measures the media’s impact in shaping both local and national views about education political implications of new policies such as academies and free schools conditions of work in the classroom and ‘workforce remodelling’ the curriculum, its purposes and structure pedagogy and teaching methods education for citizenship, health and well-being. Politics and the Primary Teacher is essential reading for all education professionals who want to think more deeply about primary education, what it offers, and how children, families and communities are served by the primary school.