Andrea Dix (www.andreadix.weebly.com)
I am a specialist literacy teacher, with over 20 years of experience teaching and supporting children with a range of learning differences.
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The Emotional Connect
The Emotional Connect There is a lot of emphasis on academics and curricula; schemes of work and grades or scores. However, essential to all of these is the Emotional Connect. Without this our children cannot be successful. Without this, our most vulnerable learners will continue to be challenged. Moving forward, into a future where jobs, professions and careers may not yet exist emotional stability, connectedness, and resilience could prove to be vital skills. We are moving, ever more, into a future where flexibility and resilience will be fundamental.
The Time I Went to North Korea
I celebrated the millennium New Year three times. In chronological order, I celebrated the traditional ‘Western’ New Year on 31 December, I celebrated the Lunar New Year in North Korea, and then I celebrated Thai Songran in Bangkok. Each place was very different but the three together made for a great start to the 2000s. Perhaps my North Korean holiday was the most memorable, for many reasons.
About 1 in 8 children feel anxious, it is a natural emotion, but having responses in place can provide support. There are practical tips you can put in place to support anxious learners on a daily basis, from a lay point of view. Changing your way of thinking about anxiety, fear, and worry is not a therapy device and does not replace the role of counsellors or therapy sessions. But over time you can form an automatic response routine.
More Than 39 People
I lived in both Saigon, and Ha Noi, for 8 years altogether during which time I saw many changes and a lot of development. Việt Nam grew into a developing country and expects to be a developed country by 2020. Something that hasn’t changed is the beauty of Vietnam: the beauty of the scenery, and of the people. Vietnamese people are generous, and kind with a great sense of humour. They are either laughing at themselves, at you, or with you – and sometimes all three!