I have always been an anxious person. At school I was flagged up repeatedly as a concern, and as an adult I continue to have chronic struggles with mental health. When I have bad days I can’t leave the house, and when I have good days I probably just appear a little nervous or quiet.Continue reading “Why I don’t message back sometimes…”
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WISEducation Podcast – Episode 9 is OUT NOW!
In this episode I had the privilege of speaking with Tricia Friedman, Creative Content Director with Shifting Schools and creator of the Be A Better Ally podcast. We discuss the often unasked question of ‘what is it like to be a queer educator?’ and Tricia candidly shares some of her experiences. We also talk aboutContinue reading “WISEducation Podcast – Episode 9 is OUT NOW!”
WISEducation Podcast – Episode 3 is OUT NOW!
In this episode I had the privilege to speak with Kristin Daniel, Ed.D, President and Co-Founder of the Circulus Institute. We explored how the pandemic has impacted upon international teachers’ wellbeing in unique ways, what resilience is and what it’s not, and how Kristin’s background in Special Education has informed her work which now centresContinue reading “WISEducation Podcast – Episode 3 is OUT NOW!”
[Guest blog] 5 Reasons Why the ‘Catch-up’ Narrative is Harmful to Children’s Mental Health
Guest blog by Ava Shabnum Hasan & The Mentally Well Schools Team There is no doubt that the last year has had a huge impact on the education of our children and young people. Lockdowns with extended periods of learning remotely, and the many challenges of adjusting to that, have had a significant effect on theContinue reading “[Guest blog] 5 Reasons Why the ‘Catch-up’ Narrative is Harmful to Children’s Mental Health”
Teachers, wellbeing and the ‘Laziness Lie’
‘If you do more, you are more’. That’s right, isn’t it? This week I really enjoyed reading ‘Laziness Does Not Exist’ by Dr Devon Price, which explores this idea in depth. In the book Price dispels the myth of what they term the ‘Laziness Lie’; the idea that success requires nothing more than willpower, thatContinue reading “Teachers, wellbeing and the ‘Laziness Lie’”
Wellbeing in international schools: Are we missing the bigger picture?
Having been interested in the subject of wellbeing for the past year, and spending much time researching this area through reading, listening to podcasts and attending webinars, I often can’t shake the feeling that many of these discussions, whilst helpful, neglect some of the biggest challenges to student wellbeing within the international school context; safeguarding,Continue reading “Wellbeing in international schools: Are we missing the bigger picture?”
School Counselling and the importance of getting it right
The other day I was speaking to my wife about the role of counsellors in international schools. When I first started working in an international school, I remember it feeling quite strange to have a ‘counsellor’ working at a school. Particularly in a British school. I always felt like this was more of an ‘American’Continue reading “School Counselling and the importance of getting it right”
Issue 3 of the WISEducation Magazine is out NOW!
Hi everyone, I’m really excited to share the third issue of the WISEducation Magazine! WISEducation Magazine Issue 3 Issue 3 contains a range of articles from 13 different contributors based across the world including Thailand, Malaysia, Peru, UAE, USA and the UK. Inside you’ll find articles covering topics such as the importance of touch andContinue reading “Issue 3 of the WISEducation Magazine is out NOW!”
The ‘shock’ factor: Triaging wellbeing during a pandemic
For my first article of 2021 I had thought about writing a cheery ‘new year, new you’ style piece about wellbeing, but I quickly realised that with all of the current world ‘going-ons’, I felt it might be inauthentic and to be honest, a bit of a lie. I’ll admit that I have had aContinue reading “The ‘shock’ factor: Triaging wellbeing during a pandemic”
Student identity in flux: Transitions in a global pandemic
Transitions are a fundamental part of the life journey. Some transitions are obvious and expected, such as the move from primary school to secondary school, the move into Further or Higher Education, the move into work and between jobs, and retirement. Many of these transitions may well be intended and planned, but nonetheless can feelContinue reading “Student identity in flux: Transitions in a global pandemic”