Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Here are a few quotes from his post:
Research has shown that well designed programmes that promote social and emotional skills have shown to have a positive impact on pupil’s attitudes and behaviour (Weare and Gray, 2003; Zins et al., 2004) For example:
• Pupils have higher self esteem and confidence
• Pupils are happier and get on better with each other
• Pupils are more engaged in learning so fewer disengage with school
• Quieter pupils become more assertive and confident
• There is better behaviour in the classroom and improved attendance
• There is less bullying
• There are lower rates of truancy, offending and drug misuse
SEAL is not supposed to be taught for 1 hour each week and then be forgotten. The only way it will be completely effective is if it is used across the school with everybody involved.
SEAL aims to develop five main areas; self-awareness; empathy; social skills;
motivation and managing feelings.
Check out the Behaviour and Attendance website which has more detailed information.
I am excited about the opportunities this brings in school to develop young people as people and not just a factory line trying to get results in public exams such as SATs, GCSEs or A' levels. I think it also provides a great opening for churches to be involved in supporting schools in this. The topics that SEAL concentrates on, are ones that link with a holistic ministry to young people.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
I've definitely had my issues with Seventeen magazine in the past, and as a young sex educator am always a little leery of studies like this one, mostly because they allow adult readers to generalize from the statistics without being exposed to the intricate, convoluted reasons why things are the way they are. But this time, Seventeen got it right: the issue, out on newsstands, talks respectfully and frankly to young women, in a space where they are all eyes, about sex and the real world -- and allows us to learn a few things in the process.
Monday, February 04, 2008
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Books I have read: Information for parents - Autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) and related conditions
Saturday, February 02, 2008
3. Provide an outline. Jobs outlined the presentation by saying, "There are four things I want to talk about today. So let's get started…" Jobs followed his outline by verbally opening and closing each of the four sections and making clear transitions in between. For example, after revealing several new iPhone features, he said, "The iPhone is not standing still. We keep making it better and better and better. That was the second thing I wanted to talk about today. No. 3 is about iTunes." Make lists and provide your audience with guideposts along the way.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Recently, the editors of Children's Ministry Magazine spied on an actual classroom. After seeing several discipline problems, we asked the experts what they would've done with each challenge.
Our experts were the 1992 Sunday School Teacher of the Year-Sarah Smith-and the two finalists-Caroline Bianchi and Susan Hambright.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Clowns have been used in children's ministry for years. But recent research has discovered that most children ages 4 to 16 dislike clown images. The research was an effort to find ways to improve healthcare environments for children and young people.
"As adults we make assumptions about what works for children. We found that clowns are universally disliked by children. Some found them quite frightening and unknowable." Dr. Penny Curtis, Researcher, Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth.
"Very few children like clowns. They are unfamiliar and come from a different era. They don’t look funny, they just look odd. Children are much more happy with things stuck on the wall that have some sort of personal relevance for them, not some images that are foisted upon them by adults." Patricia Doorbar, Child Psychologist.
I thought this was an interesting bit of research. For more I can see the way in which Patricia Doorbar is right, clowns are from a completely different era. But at the same time I have been at events where children and young people have loved clowns. It would be interesting to explore the opportunity to change some of their image without changing the techniques and skills linked to clowning.
Friday, January 18, 2008
In what is being seen as one of the most significant policy shifts of the post-Tony Blair era in education, he told a Commons select committee: "It is not the policy of the Government nor my department to expand the number of faith schools. We're not leading a drive for more faith schools."
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Friday, December 28, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
You can download a free copy of the Plan here.