How does the journey to success feel?

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At Maple Cross, we recognise the primary importance of children’s effort and approaches to learning rather than their academic outcomes alone. What evidence and research show us is that it is the universal skills of learning (learning attributes) that will allow children to develop their potential, broaden their horizons and increase their opportunities.

With this in mind, yesterday’s Buddy Point recognition day was an opportunity to praise those children who show consistently motivated approaches to learning.

This means that the 91 bronze and silver badges that I handed out are not to be seen as medals of success, but more powerfully, they identify role models for the rest of the community. Learning role models: Children who can share ideas on how to learn even more effectively.

I took the opportunity, building on our Emotion Coaching development, to ask the children how the journey had felt. Did successful learners have different emotions?

Have a look at the pictures and judge for yourself.

The simple idea that was reinforced was that we all have the same feelings, it is how we manage those feelings through our actions that can make the difference. If you haven’t already, have a look at the earlier post on Emotion Coaching. What do you think?

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Bring on the Learning!

Dear All,

I hope you have enjoyed your Easter break and are looking forward to coming back for more exciting and challenging learning! On Tuesday, all the staff will be discussing something called
‘Emotion Coaching.’ I then plan to share the ideas with you and your families.

I hope that it will help us all to look after each other.

If you are interested, have a look at this link I found that suggests how the approach works. The comments section is also interesting. What do you think about the idea? Do you think it would work for you?
An example of Emotion Coaching

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What you do you want to be?

Learning on from Monday’s assembly on the book You be You, today, the children discussed what it was about themselves that made them who they were.

We then discussed what sort of person they wanted to be. How would they want other people to think of them? What one thing would they most value?

On Monday, we will be taking these ideas and thinking about the ‘how.’

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