What Happens When Our Children See Us Being Kind for No Reason?
Gavin McCormack Blog
by Gavin McCormack
2w ago
As adults who care for children in any capacity, we often wonder about the best ways to teach our children valuable life lessons. One of the most powerful yet simple methods is by showing kindness. But what actually happens in our children’s brains when they witness acts of kindness, especially when there’s no apparent reason for it? The Power of Kindness When children see their parents or other adults being kind just because they can, it triggers a series of positive changes in their brains and behaviours. Here’s a simple breakdown of what happens and why it’s beneficial: Release of Feel-Goo ..read more
Visit website
50 Ways to Help Children Manage Anxiety
Gavin McCormack Blog
by Gavin McCormack
3w ago
Anxiety is a common emotion that can affect children of all ages. While some anxiety is normal, it can become overwhelming for children and interfere with their daily lives. Here are 50 practical strategies that you, as a teacher or parent, can use to help children manage their anxiety and promote emotional well-being. Relaxation Techniques: Introduce deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, or mindfulness meditation. Sensory Activities: Provide fidget toys, squeezing putty, or calming chews for sensory input. Worry Time: Designate a specific time each day to listen and valid ..read more
Visit website
Addressing School Refusal: The Need for Government-Led Emotional Engagement in Education
Gavin McCormack Blog
by Gavin McCormack
3w ago
In recent years, a concerning trend has emerged across the educational landscape: school refusal. Students are increasingly disenchanted with an education system that seems more focused on passing exams than fostering genuine learning and intellectual curiosity. This systemic issue is not merely a failure of individual schools but a reflection of governmental priorities that have historically emphasised quantitative success—like exam scores and school rankings—over the qualitative aspects of education. The root of this problem lies in the traditional educational model, which prioritises rote l ..read more
Visit website
The Essence of Being Unstoppable: My Reflections on Mindset, Character, and Values
Gavin McCormack Blog
by Gavin McCormack
1M ago
As an educator, I often find myself returning to the core pillars that stand at the heart of not just teaching, but life itself: mindset, character, and values. These aren’t just buzzwords; they are the coordinates that navigate the journey of learning and living. Mindset refers to the collection of attitudes and beliefs that shape one’s thoughts and actions. It’s about how we perceive our abilities and potential. A ‘growth mindset,’ a term coined by psychologist Carol Dweck, encapsulates the belief that abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. It is a perspective that cham ..read more
Visit website
Ten Questions All Parents Should Ask The Principal Before Enrolling Their Child.
Gavin McCormack Blog
by Gavin McCormack
1M ago
Finding and enrolling your children into a new school is possibly one of the hardest decisions parents will ever make. The future of your little angels lies in the hands of you as you make the decision of which school they will attend for the next 6 years. All schools boast the same amazing features when you look on their websites, brochures or school prospectus’ but what kinds of things should parents be looking out for before signing on the dotted line. Here are my top ten questions all parents should ask: 1. What is your policy on child protection? How often are you staff trained on child ..read more
Visit website
What if the Entire Curriculum was Aligned with Purpose? (20 ideas for Teachers)
Gavin McCormack Blog
by Gavin McCormack
1M ago
As the world evolves, our educational approach must also adapt, inspiring stewardship and understanding of global challenges. I’ve crafted curriculum outcomes that blend primary school subjects with real-world activities, fostering curiosity and a proactive mindset in young learners. The study of rainforests – Let’s build a classroom mini-rainforest to explore biodiversity and promote ecosystem conservation. The study of writing letters – Let’s impact future policies by writing persuasive letters to leaders about environmental or social issues. The study of insects – Let’s create a habitat ..read more
Visit website
10 Ways to Model Kindness to Children
Gavin McCormack Blog
by Gavin McCormack
1M ago
This is my mum. When I was little she used to be so kind to everyone and everything. She taught me the art of finding happiness in being a nice human. If you want your children to be kind, it’s easy! Model it! If a spider appears in your house, don’t kill it. Catch it gently, tell your children that he probably has a family waiting in a web and put him back outside. If somebody is struggling to find their way in the street, ask them if they need directions. Compliment people in front of other people! Lift them up and make their day! Tell people that you love them! Hug them, kiss them and tel ..read more
Visit website
10 Important Life Lessons for Children
Gavin McCormack Blog
by Gavin McCormack
1M ago
My top ten lessons for children that you won’t find in any curriculum: You’ll feel happiest when you give your time and effort to help others. Try it!! When you’ve got money, but verbs not nouns. You only need a few good friends who really care about you. The world and its people are generally good. Don’t be scared to go out there and meet them. If an advertisement is telling you how good something is, you probably don’t need it. The things that make you the happiest are usually free of charge. You are not alone if you feel sad, ugly, weak or afraid. We all have insecurities and it’s very nor ..read more
Visit website
The QTQR Method for Teachers
Gavin McCormack Blog
by Gavin McCormack
2M ago
To bring back the magic in your class and truly enjoy teaching again, follow the simple QTQR system: ‘Question – Teach – Question – Release’ Stage 1 – ‘Question’: Create a question around the topic you are about to teach. Make it interesting for yourself and answer it in the most engaging way possible! If the topic is geology, ask yourself, ‘What can rocks tell us about the history of the world?’ Then, go to a cave, crawl inside, and find some evidence to bring back to class and present your theory. Stage 2 – ‘Teach’: Inspire the children in your class using the question you asked yourself and ..read more
Visit website
The Gentle Power of a Handshake: Creating Safe Havens for Learning
Gavin McCormack Blog
by Gavin McCormack
2M ago
In the heart of every educational journey lies a foundational need for safety, connection, and understanding. As educators, embracing simple yet profound practices can dramatically enhance our students’ learning environments. One such practice is the ritual of shaking hands with each child as they arrive at school. This gesture, though small, wields immense power in fostering a sense of security and readiness for learning. Let’s explore three key ways in which this simple act of greeting can reduce anxiety and open doors to deeper learning. Triggering Oxytocin Release Shaking hands initiate ..read more
Visit website

Follow Gavin McCormack Blog on FeedSpot

Continue with Google
Continue with Apple
OR