Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom: A practical guide to teaching happiness

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Sep 6, 2018 - Education - 176 pages
Evidence has shown that happy people (those who experience more positive emotions) perform better in school, enjoy healthier relationships, are generally more successful and even live longer! It is an ever-growing concern, therefore, that children's levels of happiness and wellbeing are decreasing, while their levels of stress, anxiety and depression are increasing. As a result, many schools and teachers are looking for accessible ways to address these mental health problems in young people.

In this practical and thoughtful book, experienced teacher and advisor on children's wellbeing, Adrian Bethune, takes the latest evidence and research from the science of happiness and positive psychology and brings them to life. Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom is packed full of tried-and-tested activities and techniques and has a foreword by Sir Anthony Seldon, former Master of Wellington College, well known for introducing and advocating happiness and wellbeing in education. It is an essential guide to supporting emotional and mental wellbeing in the primary classroom.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
Creating a tribal classroom
Mindfulness
What went well?
Neuroplasticity your elastic plastic brain
The stretch zone
Flow and strengths
Its cool to be kind
How our thoughts shape our world
Exercise makes me happy
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Adrian Bethune is a Healthy Body and Mind Leader, as well as a Key Stage 2 Leader and Year 4 Teacher at a primary school in Berkhamsted. He was awarded a 'Happy Hero' medal at the House of Lords on the UN International Day of Happiness in 2013, and has been on stage with the Dalai Lama and Lord Richard Layard in 2015 talking about teaching happiness in his school. Adrian has also been interviewed by numerous national newspapers and other press organisations, including The Telegraph and Teach Primary Magazine.

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