As a teacher one of the most important questions we should ask ourselves is – ‘What’s the most important lessons for our children?’ I say that it should be the most important questions but it rarely is. We get overrun by things that we must be teaching based on the curriculum, senior staff and the community. These are all great things that are incorporated into our curriculum but does it allow time for other essential lessons?
Check out this TedX clip of a young boy that is talking about how he incorporates lessons in his own homeschooling curriculum about being happy (I’m not suggesting homeschooling is an alternative for all our students!! ).
In the clip he mentioned Dr Roger Walsh’ 8 essential Lifestyle and Mental health elements. They are:
– Diet and Nutrition
– Time in nature
– Contribution and Service
– Relaxation and Stress Management
– Religious and Spiritual
A lot of these 8 areas are quite deeply incorporated into our curriculum such as diet and nutrition, relationships, recreation, religious/ spiritual and exercise, particularly in the Early Years curriculum. What about time in nature? Contribution and service? Relaxation and stress management? These other 3 areas are being neglected.
The 5 areas I pointed out above that are being incorporated into our curriculums, are they being done really well? How could we improve? If we are teaching diet and nutrition so well then why are so many children (and teachers) so overweight and unhealthy? If we are teaching exercise so well then why are so many children unfit?
What if we were able to look at our day in a different way? What if there was less structure and more play? What if we got the community involved more? What if there was more support and resources available for teachers? What if we took more responsibility for our own health and wellbeing and made these elements a core part of our lessons? What if we learnt amazing skills to manage our own stress so that our students can copy and take that into their own lives?
I know I am just throwing questions out to you but I just feel that there is a growing trend towards making great changes to our education system but there is still so much more to be done. I would love to help support those of you who are already on their way to making these amazing changes! I know that we can start to truly improve our education so that children are being taught the skills to deal with life so they can lead happy lives.
I would love to hear what you are doing in your classrooms to start making some great changes for our children! Email me