C’est la vie

“Travel. It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” Ibn Battuta I am writing this post from Le Fousseret, a pretty little village in southwestern France. I’m on vacation exploring the peaceful countryside, eating way too much cheese and swing dancing my socks off. This morning I woke up to a back drop of snowy mountains; […]

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Girls Empowered!

“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.”  – Coco Chanel I remember an 8 year old girl in my maths group from a couple of years ago. She had a bubbly personality and quirky sense of humour. At the beginning of the school year, when my maths group had just started, she would […]

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That’s the Spirit!

“When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.” Dalai Lama About a year ago, I volunteered on a youth theatre project at the weekends.  One morning, whilst waiting for the director to start the session, I listened in on a conversation between a group of 8 and 9 […]

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Mindfulness in the Classroom

“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” Dr Wayne W. Dyer With half term over and schools back this week, I have that ‘back to school’ feeling going on.  I must admit it’s been an effort getting back into teaching […]

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Thank you 💖

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” – Cynthia Ozick Gracias, tak, merci, shukran and efharisto, are just a few examples of how the international community say the words: “thank you.”  These simple words carry a strong message of gratitude and kindness. So why is it that many people forget to use […]

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Lessons from an Artist

“Everyone has a story to tell. Around every corner there is a great story waiting to be discovered, lived and retold, and people love to hear them. ” Jeff Goins A while ago on my way from work, whilst waiting for a train at the station, I noticed a man looking at some really beautiful pieces […]

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Inner Spark 🌟

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson On New Year’s Eve I went to see Cats at the London Palladium.  This feline musical hosted a feast of mesmerizing creative arts with a huge sprinkling of ‘razzle dazzle’. I […]

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Strength of Character

“If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” – Paulo Coelho As I reflect on last term, the kids at school continue to keep me inspired and motivated, no matter how demanding school life gets. On the last day of term in December 2015, one of my first students, […]

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Kindness is a Virtue

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop During October 2015, my school hosted ‘Kindness Week’, a week where children and teaching staff offered random acts of kindness to each other and themselves. Based on the ‘Kindness Boomerang’ concept which has swept kids and adults in the US by storm, […]

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Holidays with Autism

Whether its the Easter holidays, half term or Summer break, for many children, the idea of no school, teachers or homework for a few weeks, fills them with thoughts of joy and freedom.  There are lie ins, spending more time with their friends and maybe travelling abroad with family to explore new sights and have fun. Parents are either […]

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