I Matter Project News - Mid April 2015

 

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The summer term is starting already and things are moving forward at a steady pace. 

Successes since the March newsletter:

1. The Intermediate class has been successfully trialled! 

2. The Research Circle has been progressing well with different schools pursuing varied directions - as off -shoots to our exploration of the missing issue of child development and the question of how to engage parents.   

3.  There are now 3 schools who are members of the I Matter Project with exclusive acc…

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I Matter Project News - 1st March 2015

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It's been a busy and exciting month!    And it looks as if next month is going to be busy and exciting too.

One of the most important ideas that I have learned in the process of developing the I Matter Project, is that whatever the issue, it is important to get REALLY clear about what you want most.    Then it is best to write these wants down so that you can come back to review your wants regularly to see if any adjustments are needed.   You then have to head off in the direction of yo…

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Readiness for Change: How would you describe You?

 
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In my work with schools, parents and young people, I often hear people talking about the fact that they feel they have tried everything to engage parents, but the parents don't want to come along.  Or I hear parents saying that they have tried everything to interest their child, but their child is not interested.  I sometimes hear parents saying that they have tried to get their school interested in some training but the school have not been interested.  And sometimes I hear peopl…

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The Impact of Stress States on the Performance of Adults and Children?

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Everywhere I go in the course of my work with complex children and families, I find schools and children and families and staff under huge pressure, delivering curriculum that are becoming more and more preset.  

What I hear over and over again is that the curriculum has become so super-charged that the times that used to be available in the day and week for just easing off pressure and taking a step back to explore a wider field have become more and more rare.  So, what has an understanding…

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Are you missing something important with your tracking?

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So you know well the extraordinary investment of time, energy and finances that is currently invested in tracking children's progress.

But what if we were missing something REALLY important?

I think we are.  

We have huge concerns about rising problems of child mental health and concerns to raise educational outcomes, with huge numbers of adults being driven to monitor more and more details of what children are doing.   

But believe it or not this massive industry is are not tracking the foundatio…

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What is the impact of a gap between developmental and chronological age on educational and mental health outcomes? Our Action Research Group

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January 2015:  The day to day impact of child development on outcomes is the important question that our Action Research group is setting out to explore. We had our first session on Monday and I am very excited that we have got going.   We are 8 practising professionals from education and children's services.  Our goal is to make space over the next 6 months to think about what we are seeing in our settings.  

Because when it comes to outcomes, child development is the elephant - no, the ma…

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Why Does My Mum Behave that way?

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So you arrived home and your Mum met you at the door.  You felt she was grumpy, angry, impatient.   And you thought, 'here we go again'?

Have you seen this behaviour before?   Do you wonder why she behaves this way?  Do you wonder why she is always on at you and why it seems you can never do anything right?

What's the reason?   Is it your fault?   Is it because she is deliberately trying to make your life miserable?   Is it your someone else's fault?

We all make up reasons to explain other people…

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