This week really has been one of my favourite weeks of reading so far!! I feel like because I am committing to reading a book a week I am starting to make connections in my head and the themes that I mentioned in a previous blog post are really starting to align and become clearer in my head.
I really enjoyed recording this week's session - I will be releasing it on Monday as I only recorded it on Friday so this messed up the releasing schedule a wee bit but it really is worth the wait make sure to check it out on my channel.
Do you ever feel like some weeks just feel better than others? I feel like this week was one of those weeks. I have made lots of new connections in the #edutwitter space and it has been so great to hear how people have been facing their challenges and overcoming them.
That is what this week's book is all about - holding ourselves accountable for the things that happen in our lives.....
Ever wonder why you react the way you do? Ever feel like you are self sabotaging? Ever question your ability to make decisions and have confidence in yourself? Well you are not alone!
During my first year of teaching I was 21, turning 22 years old and I made the big move to inner London. I was not prepared for the mental rollercoaster that I was about to embark on for many reasons!!
I had such high, unrealistic expectations for myself and those around me which meant I was constantly 'failing' and that just resulted in constant battles in my head about why I wasn't good enough and I was backing my own negative thoughts up with evidence because of my need to please.
This is when a friend introduced me to 'The Chimp Paradox' and it literally changed my whole way of thinking. Let's see why.....
This week was my first week of virtual learning......wow! I can see why there has been such a wide range of opinions from a wide range of people over the past few months. Personally, I may have gained a few grey hairs that I wasn't expecting to get for a few years yet!!
I really do believe in this current climate Empathy is going to be our super power! I have had to take a step back and show compassion for myself as well as for those around me. So, for the purposes of this review I am going to be focusing on the Empathy element of the design thinking process.
I have so much admiration for those going through this time in all different walks of life. For example, seeing my amazing teacher friends who are also having to manage being full time parents as well!!
On our first day of online teaching, I literally thought all those years of my parents saying 'you're going to get square eyes' was going to actually come true.
So, I am really happy I have began this season, looking at ways we can deal with change and grow my tool box to empower myself with strategies to take action in the unknown....
Hey there. Welcome to the first blog post of Season 1: Change. This season we will be focusing in on our own accountability. How can we grow our confidence to take risks and be comfortable in our own skin?
I will be reflecting on my current thinking and routines to see if they are positively or negatively impacting my life and then thinking of ways I can make little changes to my day to make myself more productive and help my mental wellbeing.
I hope you will be able to join me, trying out the strategies and sharing what works/ doesn't work for you!!
So what better book to start our journey than Richard Gerver's book Change?