Today I want to talk to you about two different couples. The first couple are twenty somethings who have settled down, gotten married and bought a beautiful house in the suburbs. Both have jobs they love. They both work hard and earn good salaries. Both have careers where there are plenty of opportunities for promotion … Continue reading A tale of two lives
The holidays have been looooooooong and whilst they have brought their own set of challenges, a new period is emerging which involves anxieties about returning to school. 6 or 7 weeks of no contact with teachers, many of their peers and the school building itself is a massively long period for any child, but especially … Continue reading Back to School Toolkit
I woke with a start this morning. It was 4am. Something was wrong. I could feel dull aches across my body and a knot in my stomach that was pulled tight. I tossed and turned and couldn't relax my body or brain to go back to sleep. I decided a change of temperature might help, … Continue reading Survival mode
The Pupil Equity fund has recently become a hot potato of conversation and quite rightly so. On the surface, it is a way of schools being given additional funding which I’m sure everyone would agree is a hugely positive move. However, when we delve a little deeper into the policies surrounding it, a whole can … Continue reading Lets put PEF money where our ACEs are!
Yesterday my blog post sparked quite a bit of interest and discussion which is amazing. There is a worry among educators that by using systems such as 'time in' rather than time out/detentions/exclusion, what we are doing is rewarding the negative behaviour - a more common approach that I myself implemented as a teacher was … Continue reading Logical Lessons
Before reading this blog post, I want you to do something really simple but highly important to truly understand in a practical way, what I am discussing ……take your watch off and leave it at home for the day! Punishment, Consequences, Behaviour Management, Discipline – these are all phrases that are thrown in to conversation … Continue reading Swap the punitive for ‘Logical Lessons’
A couple of weeks ago, an event popped up on my Facebook page advertising the first Edinburgh Blogger's conference. Looking at the programme of events, I was instantly intrigued.....but I wasn't sure if it was going to be for me. I put out some feelers to see if any other bloggers I knew were going. … Continue reading Edinburgh Blogging Conference and the inspiration to vlog
It is two weeks until the summer holidays start and life is rather stressful. As I explained in one of my early blog posts, Christmas is our most difficult time of year, owing to the fact that our eldest moved foster care placements two years in a row just days before Christmas Day. Christmas for … Continue reading The end is nigh…the cracks are appearing!
Despite what children with attachment issues believe, the ending of something is not necessarily a bad thing. For example, the end of the long winter sees the start of warmer months and beautiful new spring life in the form of both pants and animals. The end of a year gives time for a fresh start, … Continue reading All change at The Wee Reading Neuk