How to talk to your students about the terror attacks in Paris

November 15th, 2015

The Paris terror attacks that occurred on Friday night have left the international community reeling. Although Australia is geographically far from the attacks, theextensive media coverage means most, if not all of your students will have been exposed to what happened in some way. In addition, there are Australians visiting France who were injured or […]

Students who can’t fall asleep at nights

November 10th, 2015

The question below was featured on our forum a few years ago. Since then we’ve had lots of people offer suggestions. We’ve summarised some of the responses. Question ‘As a Year Level Coordinator, parents, one or two students and even a few teachers have asked me for advice about how to advise students about how […]

How to help kids manage stress

March 16th, 2015

By Dr Ash Nayate, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Guest Blogger Stress mangement can be a challenge for many people, but particularly for children and teens. This is partly due to relative immaturity in their cognition, which means they don’t have the same levels of reasoning, judgement and impulse control as most adults. So, when faced with a […]

Finish the year on a calm note

November 26th, 2013

The last few weeks of the school year can be stressful juggling last minute tasks while finalising student assessments, reports, and attending end of year events and functions. Below are a few ideas to help you keep calm when managing challenges that can arise at school. Know how to calm yourself quickly Remaining calm is one […]

Better sleep = better learning

October 15th, 2013

Do you have students who seem to forget everything they learned the day before? There are a variety of reasons why students do not retain learning. One that is often overlooked is lack of regular, good quality sleep.  Poor sleep patterns impact both on learning and wellbeing.  Recent research shows that 65% of Grade 4 students are regularly […]

Assist students to believe in themselves and adopt school values

March 8th, 2013

Effective teaching, learning and relationship building is optimised when students are healthy, feel safe, can regulate their feelings and emotions and are largely worry free. Following our previous posts related to the Psych4Schools Effective Student model this post provides strategies to help students to Believe in their own capabilities and to Adopt school values and […]

Use trust and learning to promote student wellbeing

January 20th, 2013

Many teachers spend the first few weeks of the school year establishing social and behavioural expectations. School values, class rules and routines, personal and playground safety, bullying, protective behaviours and cyber-safety agreements coupled with various thinking tools are some of the key areas explored. It is a busy time of the year, as teachers begin […]

Assist tired, upset or grumpy students

December 4th, 2012

This is part two of our Promoting student wellbeing blog. In this post we look at two more factors from our Effective Student Model that helps to build student wellbeing and assist students to manage themselves more effectively at school. See our previous wellbeing blog if you missed part one where we talked about students […]

Promoting student wellbeing

October 28th, 2012

Students are better able to manage their school day and learn effectively when they are healthy, feel safe, can regulate their feelings and emotions and are largely worry free. Linking individual student wellbeing and management with teaching and learning are on-going challenges for today’s classroom teachers. The following eight factors can help build student wellbeing. The […]

Resilience: What you think determines the way you feel

July 19th, 2012

Many children and adults mistakenly believe that what happens to them (the situation) determines how they feel. For example, their train is late and they feel angry or they have to give a presentation to a big group of people and they feel scared. In the 1960s Psychiatrist Aaron Beck theorised that this is not […]

Foundations for building resilience

May 13th, 2012

As the colder months approach more and more issues seem to arise with students. Whether it is illness, friendship conflicts, slower progress with learning, problems at home or a myriad of other concerns the middle months of the year can be tiring for students and school staff.  To help you and your students beat the […]