There is extensive research that says children will be happier and have a higher level of performance and confidence if there is a focus on developing natural abilities and personal strengths, rather than trying to improve areas of weakness.
Identifying a child’s innate strengths and giving them opportunities to do what they do best, can change the way they sees themselves and the world. Its never too young to start either! Building strengths is one of the best things you will ever do as an early childhood educator, and this module will show you how. Online enrolment - start any time!
One of the most important things you will ever do for your students is to teach them to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning. This is what is referred to as a growth mindset or what a child believes about their intelligence and ability to learn.
Research now shows that when children are taught to have a growth mindset they show a rapid increase in their enjoyment of learning and in their academic results. This module will take you through clear, easy to implement steps to build a growth mindset and dynamically impact a child’s future.
Research shows that a sense of belonging helps protect children against mental health problems in addition to helping improve their learning. Children who feel they belong are happier, more relaxed and have fewer behavioural problems than those who do not feel a sense of belonging.
Lives can be transformed by efforts and activities you undertake to nurture a sense of belonging in key aspects of your children’s lives including family, school, friendships and community. The activities you will be shown in this module are simple, practical and very, very important to a young child’s mental health.
While you could probably find ample opportunities for constructive criticism to help a child improve, the research shows that this type of feedback is not the type that will have the most dynamic impact on confidence. The research on positive reinforcement is very clear – it does work and it is really quite simple
This module steps you through important positive reinforcement habits that help a child flourish rather than falter.
Research suggests a child who is taught to be grateful is happier, less materialistic, better behaved, more social and physically healthier. Gratitude is one of the most valuable and important emotions we possess, and it is a virtue that anyone can cultivate. Researchers have developed many different methods people can use to foster an attitude of gratitude, and the science shows that they really do work. Online enrolment- start any time!
This module takes you through the best of these methods, introducing you to powerful gratitude exercises that can be life-changing for you and the children in your care.
Research shows that optimists, ie. those with a growth mindset and positive self efficacy, are less likely to get depressed, get fewer illnesses, have longer relationships and live longer.
This module equips you to help children change the way they talk to themselves about events and how they interpret them. This skill is a powerful ally in the high pressure world that is their future. It can make all the difference between feeling optimistic and thriving, or feeling disengaged.
Grit is defined as perseverance and passion toward long-term goals. Gritty people tend to be more self-regulated. Studies have found that the correlation between self-discipline and achievement is twice as large as the correlation between IQ and achievement.
The basis of grit and self-regulation is developed very early as children start to play – with toys and with each other. Using play as the all-important foundation that it is, this module gives you strategies and teaching ideas for cultivating grit and self regulation. It helps you understand the neural basis of self-control and how to shape it through appropriate play, games, teaching methods and other activities tailored to the needs of young children.
Communicating positively with students helps them develop confidence, feelings of self-worth, and good relationships with others. This module shares science-backed positive communication tips and activities including the ideal praise to criticism ratio which makes a huge difference to a child’s self efficacy.