Training teaches how to carry out a specific task more efficiently and reliably. Education, on the other hand, opens and enriches a person’s mind. To train a person, you need know nothing about who they really are, or what they love, or why. Education reaches out to embrace the whole person. Historically, we have treated money as a matter of training, rather than education in its wider and more dignified sense.
Glitter jars -
I was taught about glitter jars during my time as an inpatient. I learnt the magic of glitter during a self-soothe class as part of an emotional coping skills lesson.
There’s no science, no counting, no acceptance and no forceful methods involved in the alteration of your emotions during use of the glitter jar - just distraction.
Making a glitter jar is simple. You will need:
- 1 jar (with a lid of course!)
- 1/10 vegetable oil
- 9/10 water
- glitter - lots of!
- food colouring
- anything else shiny
Add the water and vegetable oil together. Add a few drops of food colouring, all of the glitter and anything else shiny. Put the lid on (tight!) and shake it.
When you want to cut / binge / scream / cry, shake the glitter jar and watch until the glitter is settled. It’ll calm you and hopefully the emotion will pass.
“mum I’m moving to finland” “okay”
So many things about this that any public school teacher could tell you.
- Kids need recess
- Standardized testing accomplishes nothing, especially when they have to take 4-5 a year
- Individualized attention from teachers is necessary
- SpEd and EBD students do better behavior-wise when their integrated into mainstream classrooms.
But is the government listening?
I say this every time this Finland meme comes up and finally someone on the Atlantic agrees with me.
The reason why this works there and not here (or any place with a non homogenous population) is bc colonizers have no interest in educating the “other” or consider them equals that deserve unfettered access to education. This is why private schools exist. Ppl did not want their kids educated alongside people who they viewed beneath them.
That inequality conversation needs to be addressed first before any progress happens.
Exactly why Japan’s education system is successful and rigorous as well. In a homogenized society, this shit is perfect, but America is not a homogenized society, it is a classist, racist society.
In times of tragedy, we look to teachers for guidance and hope. We can think of no better teacher than Mister Rogers.
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers—so many caring people in this world.”
Continue Reading: 20 Gentle Quotations from Mister Rogers
What is a reluctant reader?
This term is used to describe a child who can read but has little interest in reading regularly.
Some children see reading as hard work and will only read when and what they have to. We, as parents, want our children to experience the joy of reading and ensure that they have the best advantages in their education.
Reading is a skill that needs to be practised.
Children who read a lot have better comprehension, extensive vocabulary and vivid imaginations. They are better equipped to handle the volumes of reading they have to do in secondary school.
So what can we do ?