Tom Brunzell, Senior Advisor, Teaching and Learning
Having a good education is a critical part of having a good childhood, so we’ve made sure our Good Childhood Conference features a specific learning stream for educators and school-based support providers.
We think it’s important to support educators to better understand the cognitive skills needed for learning, as well as nurturing character skills like gratitude, mindfulness and positive engagement.
That’s why a number of keynote presentations will focus on flourishing school communities and the science of wellbeing.
First, let’s focus on gratitude. We can assume that gratitude feels good in the moment—for both the giver and the receiver. But did you know that gratitude also promotes sustainable wellbeing outcomes?
In fact research tells us that gratitude is something that we can practice, promote, and develop as a daily wellbeing practice. Dr Lea Waters will share her work on gratitude in schools and talk about how gratitude can transform classroom culture.
Mindfulness can be a powerful foundation for safe and supportive classrooms where students learn strategies to last a lifetime.
We are fortunate to have Dr Craig Hassed presenting at our conference. He will talk about the importance of teaching mindfulness practice in order to empower our children with emotional awareness and positive self-regulation.
And finally, I will be discussing how strong and caring relationships promote positive engagement in the classroom. I wants us to think about addressing students’ needs through the re-conceptualisation of engagement as a mosaic of rhythm, rigor, flow, authentic feedback and a strengths based-curriculum.
Please join us on October 10th & 11th 2013 for these and many other interesting perspectives on how education can contribute to a good childhood.
Register now at http://goodchildhood.org.au/