“Share children’s successes with families…” - Belonging, Being and Becoming, The Early Years Learning Framework, page 23. In another feature exploring the importance of celebrating success we examine the many ways that centres and schools recognise a child’s success.
Developing Emotional Intelligence
Every educational professional and parent reinforces positive behaviour in different ways; celebrating success is just one way we can recognise successful learning. Beginning with identifying the different ways an educator or teacher praise is the first step in developing a system of celebrating success. This makes a great professional learning activity.
Critical, irritable, dominating, little self-control, oppositional, angry, frustrated, annoyed, what is your child’s “Twitch”?
Last night some of the Educational Experience team were fortunate enough to attend a unique event at Dr John Irvine’s R.E.A.D clinic on the Central Coast of New South Wales to celebrate the launch of “Helping Young Children Handle Frustration and Anger” and the companion resources “The Very Frustrated Monster” and Twitch the Monster of Frustration.
The room was filled with clinicians, parents, families, business owners, politicians and educators from OOSH, Goodstart Early Learning, private centres and Catholic schools. Standing together for a common cause, the group intently listened to the passionate words of Dr John about the importance of developing emotional intelligence in our children, and how his down to earth, sensible program could be easily incorporated into the current curriculums.
Dr John provided practical examples of how educators, parents and most importantly children, can cope with one of the most difficult emotions, frustration, or as Dr John calls it “Twitch”. He went on to explain some of the different types of “twitches” that children identify with and how his newly developed program has seen some outstanding results in Early Childhood centres across the Central Coast.
Federal Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks MP, and member for Wyong Mr David Harris attended the night reinforcing the importance of getting the Worry Woos program into schools across the state.
To learn more about the program or the resources visit http://www.edex.com.au/worrywoo or comment below.
Helping Young Worriers Beat the WorryBug is a practical go-to guide for anyone who is interested in helping kids thrive emotionally. Written by renowned Australian child psychologist, Dr John Irvine in a collaborative venture with Andi Green, the creator of the WorryWoo Monsters, this book acknowledges the growing problem of anxiety in kids – everywhere, which calls for immediate and timely attention.