This chapter will explore why Minecraft is so engaging for young (and older) children, and what parents, teachers and perhaps employers can learn from gaming mechanics to improve outcomes for young people.
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Generation Next is proud to announce our books "Growing Happy, Healthy Young Minds" and "Nurturing Young Minds" are now available! We've brought together over 35 of our best educators for this exciting educational opportunity. The aim of these handbooks is to assist you to help as many young people as possible. Each self-contained chapter can be read in separate [...]
Missed out on the Generation Next Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People Seminars? Can’t find your notes from previous years? You can access presentation notes and materials from seminars in the past few years here! Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People 2017 Please note: while we make every effort to provide [...]
Last week I came across an interesting article on The Conversation. It was entitled, Wellbeing programmes in schools might be doing children more harm than good by Professor Kathryn Ecclestone from Sheffield University. It’s a counterintuitive statement isn’t it? How could wellbeing programmes do our students harm? Certainly in Australia we’re seeing an increase in [...]
Research by Barbara Fredrickson and Martin Seligman has shown that individuals can boost their wellbeing by improving the way in which they view their life. 1. What Went Well? A simple way to reframe your outlook on life is to ask, “What went well today?” and list them. Try to find three positives. This also [...]
One of Australia’s biggest stores has re-launched its brand for the first time in a decade. In its new TV advert, Myer has moved away from its “My Store” brand to a new stance that claims it’s time to “find wonderful.” The advert sets up for the punchline by questioning where wonderful went. Remember when [...]
Every year there appears to be another framework, resource or program on offer to assist schools with enhancing student wellbeing. Some are fantastic whilst others make claims that probably warrant further investigation. However, the Victorian Department of Education has released an excellent resource. Entitled Building Resilience: A Model to Support Children and Young People and [...]
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve written about the concept and benefits of getting into a Growth Mindset. The language of Growth Mindset is filtering into schools and there is a wealth of material, literature and resources that you might like to look at if you’re interested in developing Growth Mindsets in your learning [...]
Last week I wrote about the dangers of finding ourselves in what Carol Dweck terms a Fixed Mindset. This week I want to explore the concept of a Growth Mindset a little more. Much of the work I do in schools is around enhancing engagement. Often I’m asked what should ensure all kids and teachers [...]
How old were you when you decided that you weren’t any good at sport? Or that you couldn’t sing? When did you decide that you weren’t a maths person or that you couldn’t draw to save your life? Was it last week? In your late 30s? Early 20s? Late teens? Early teens? In primary school [...]