Insights from Academic Care Director Chris Barnes

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As parents, our first trip to the playground can be nerve-wracking. 

"Will the other kids be nice to them?"

"Will they exclude them from their games?"

"What if they don't know the rules of the games?"

Have you ever heard your child call something “mid”? 

It refers to anything they deem to be poor or unsatisfactory. 

"Kindness — the ability to understand each other, the instinct to care for each other, and the desire to help each other — is among our most powerful natural resources. It supports cooperation, fosters relationships, improves health, and overwrites hatred.

"Who am I as a learner?” As our students grapple with this important concept, it is possibly even more important to consider how we as teachers and parents treat them as learners. What do we expect of them?

What type of curious are you? 

"Curiosity refers to the recognition, pursuit, and exploration of novel, uncertain, complex and ambiguous events where there is a feeling of interest and the potential for learning. The curious appear to have an innate drive to explore, understand, and engage with new situations and information.” (Kashdan, 2018)

This week in Academic Care, we have started the journey of self-management. As adults, we know that it's a journey filled with many dead ends and interesting side paths. It’s about finding out how we work; exploring better, more efficient ways to work; and most importantly, finding ways to work with others.

By failing to plan, you are preparing to fail,” said Benjamin Franklin, the namesake of our School, who clearly had a sense of what we would be covering in Academic Care now and in the coming weeks.