My Student Teacher Binder : #CutenessOverload

HI EVERYONE!!

So, next week I go on prac (aka. practical experience / placement) for 3 weeks!!! I have spent almost the entire school holidays prepping like a boss and not only have I written a butt-load of lesson plans I have also taken the time to make sure my Portfolio and Class Planners look 100% amazing.

This year (inspired by my wedding theme.. tropical cocktail (incase you were wondering)) I have decided to go with a baby pink, green leaf,  flamingo scheme.

I bought 5 plastic display folders to use as my Class Planners (essentially a place to store my unit overview, lessons plans and student resources) and created an individual cover for each. As an example this is what the cover for my Year 12 Physics class looks like:

Year 12

 

The covers for my remaining classes look identical, the only difference being the class details. ..

Class Binder
Thought I’d take a picture to show you all the finished Class Planners ❤ I got a bit excited with the PhotoBooth app (that’s why there are hearts floating above my head!)

The Class Planner covers I designed using Canva (a free online program which is great for making covers, posters, website headers etc.). I made the design public so anybody can copy and edit the original to suit their own needs – you will need to have a Canva membership and be logged in.

To access the editable Class Planner Cover click here!

After I had created my Class Planners, I designed the cover pages of my Portfolio binder to match…

 

To access the editable version of the Portfolio binder covers click here.

Well that’s all from me this week ❤

Have a wonderful week everyone !

Namaste xx

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The Competitive Mindset : Helpful or Harmful?

In one of my yoga classes last week the instructor made reference to the competitive mindset and how he believed to truly experience a sense of mindfulness we need to learn how to harness competitive urges so that we can use them when they will be of the greatest benefit to us.

This got me thinking – being a naturally competitive person I have always been drawn to activities that are largely independent. In school I swam, because there were no team mates to slow me down; after school I focused on making money, at one point I was working three back-to-back jobs; and now, as a university student my grades are my competitive focus. My competitive mindset has pushed me towards high achievements in all aspects of my life; economic, social, physical and academic – and for the most part I find it to be extremely beneficial.

BUT for every high there has to be a low – you know that old saying “the grass is always greener on the other side”? This is where having a competitive mindset becomes harmful to our health and wellbeing.

For example – the practice of yoga takes years and years to finesse. It isn’t the sort of activity that is designed to be competitive because it would be impossible to judge. When you walk into a yoga class you central focus has to be on your own body; physically, mentally and emotionally. If you try to force your body into a pose, because the person two mats in front of you is doing it with ease, it won’t work and more often than not you will harm yourself.

Another example can be found when we examine our desire for material things. The girl from work got a new car and, even though your car is only 18 months old, this makes you feel like you’re not doing enough. So you go out and buy a new car. You put yourself into debt all for the sense of satisfaction that you feel because now you are equal, or even better, than the girl at work. This satisfaction is sometimes so strong that people begin to justify the economic harm that they do to themselves, that they will continue to do to themselves because, as we all know, happiness from material objects is short-lived.

Romantic relationships are one of the hardest competitive mindset cycles to break. Your friend is happy, engaged to be married and head-over-heels in love. You took years to find your current partner and even-though things don’t feel quite right you stick it out because your afraid of the stigma you’ll face if you’re alone. You try to convince yourself that everything is fine, you make up stories, take a lot of cute instagram photos and basically do everything in your power to convince the world that you’re happy when really you’re not. Being with someone, for the sake of being-with-someone, is a problem that so many of my friends face; it’s a problem that I have faced more than once in the past; and I don’t think it’s a problem that is going to go away anytime soon.

All three of the above examples are very different but they all come back to the harmful effects of a competitive mindset. I’m not a doctor, or a scholar, or even university educated (yet – 17 months to go!!!); this whole article is just my opinion. All of my examples stem from real life situations that I have experienced or witnessed my friends, colleagues and peers experience. In the end I think that being competitive is fine, as long as your goals are clear and you don’t lose touch of what is truly important.

I’ll leave you with this quote from Alfie Kohn to have a think about ❤ ❤ ❤

“When we set children against one another in contests- from spelling bees to awards assemblies to science “fairs” (that are really contests), from dodge ball to honor rolls to prizes for the best painting or the most books read- we teach them to confuse excellence with winning, as if the only way to do something well is to outdo others. We encourage them to measure their own value in terms of how many people they’ve beaten, which is not exactly a path to mental health. We invite them to see their peers not as potential friends or collaborators but as obstacles to their own success…Finally, we lead children to regard whatever they’re doing as a means to an end: The point isn’t to paint or read or design a science experiment, but to win. The act of painting, reading, or designing is thereby devalued in the child’s mind.” – Alfie Kohn.

Have a good week everyone,

Namaste x

Mindfulness: What does it mean and why is is important?

We’re almost back into the swing of things at Uni, classes are about to start and as of next week all of the new and returning students will be flooding onto the campus grounds – excited to get back into their respective degrees.

We had our mentor training session today – where we went over all the do’s and don’ts of supporting the new students. The thing that stood out the most for me was the little chat that we had about mindfulness. I found it really encouraging to see that such a simple concept was being embraced on such a grand scale; and as a result I was inspired to write this blog post.

What is it?

In a nutshell mindfulness is;

  • The quality or state of being conscious or aware of something (Google Definition)

 

  • “The unfailing master key for knowing the mind and is thus the starting point; the perfect tool for shaping the mind, and is thus the focal point; and the lofty manifestation of the achieved freedom of the mind, and is thus the cumulating point” (Nyanaponika Thera – Buddhist scholar and monk)1

 

  • A deceptively simple way of relating to experience, has long been used to lessen the sting of life’s difficulties, especially those that are self imposed (from the text Mindfulness and Psychotherapy)2

 

Three very different definitions, collected from three very different sources, but essentially all saying the same thing. Need a bit more? Below I’ve embedded a nifty little you-tube clip  (Language Warning!!!) that sums up the entire concept of Mindfulness in under 3 minutes 🙂

 

Why is it important?

Mindfulness is important because it allows us to examine the inner workings of our own mind and recognise when we might be overthinking, exaggerating, losing self-control or procrastinating.  By looking down on our actions and their consequences, as if through a lens, we are able to be objective and instead of acting on impulse – as we most commonly do – we are able to pick our actions based on whichever path we deem to be the wisest.

For example; imagine that you have a group assignment due on Monday, everyone has contributed except for one member of the group who has done the bare minimum the entire time and has now failed to submit their final draft.  Now everyone would react differently in this situation – personally my instinctive reaction would be anger and annoyance and I could be tempted to send off a nasty email or two. But a mindful person would rise above this primal urge and instead examine the situation objectively. Sure writing that nasty email would give me a chance to vent and temporarily make me feel better BUT it probably won’t encourage that last group member to submit their work, and could even make things worse. A mindful person would recognise that maybe there are circumstances beyond the other individuals control that they haven’t shared with the group at large, and that perhaps help and support should have been offered by the remaining group members earlier to ensure that each group member had an equitable (yet fair) workload.

This final clip is one of my all time favourites – it’s simple, short, to the point – and I think (for some of you) it will do a much better job than me at explaining why mindfulness is essential for human happiness.

This is just an example – and by no means am I suggesting that to be mindful you have to let people walk all over you and do the bare minimum. Rather it is the way we deal with these situations, through wise decision making and not raw emotion, that makes us mindful, empowered individuals.

Final Note:

I hope you enjoyed this post. A few people noticed that I took a little break from the internet over the christmas period but I’m back now and I’m planning (hoping) to upload at least one post a week this year. So stay tuned 🙂 Exciting things to come !!

Namaste xx

 

References

  1. Kabat-Zinn, J. (2015). mindfulness.Mindfulness, 6(6), 1481-1483. DOI: 10.1007/s12671-015-0456-x
  1. Germer, C. K., Siegel, R. D., Fulton, P. R., & ProQuest (Firm). (2013). Mindfulness and psychotherapy (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.

Self Care Tips for Anxious Students

Hi Everybody,

So I know it has been months since my last post – I’ve been taking a little time away from the digital world to really focus on my own health and wellbeing. Last semester I got so caught up in the stress of exams and so overwhelmed with the constant pressure of wanting to do well that I lost myself a little bit and towards the end I was pretty unhappy.

It was obvious I needed to make a change so I decided to take things a little slower this semester and as a result I’m feeling a lot happier, I’ve found time to branch out my “friendship tree” and I’m still getting the same high grades.

So , without further adieu (did I spell that right?) here is my little list of self-care tips ❤ Enjoy!

1. Eat Right

You are what you eat! (Without going to vegan-white-girl on you…) Fruit and veggies are literally my life blood. I don’t want this post to turn into a vegan rant but  I couldn’t skip over it completely. Fresh fruit and veg teamed with lots of healthy fats (from walnuts or avocados) are the best way to keep your mind clear and focused. Steer away from heavy takeaway foods, energy drinks and anything high in sugar – it tastes amazing at the time but in the long run it will leave you feeling bloated, sleepy and more burnt out then you were originally. Drink plenty of water and DON’T SKIP MEALS!!

2. Don’t compare yourself to others

There will always be that one person in your class who has everything finished weeks in advance, knows all the answers and in general just seems like they’re crushing it. Don’t compare yourself to this person.  Every person’s mind is different. We all learn at different rates and with different styles. You need to work with the rhythm that is right for you. You can’t get there before you get there; don’t try to force your mind and body to move too fast – trust yourself.

3. Have a snooze

Sleep is important for physical and mental health. When you sleep your body becomes involved in an intricate healing cycle that not only replenishes your energy, but allows your subconscious time to sift through all of the little highs and lows you’ve experienced throughout the day. Busy students often fall into the trap of thinking that all-nighters and long hours are the key to success, but in truth if you don’t get enough sleep your memory becomes unstable and the basic process of acquisition, consolidation and recall become heavily compromised.

4. Make your bed

A healthy home environment is essential for reducing anxiety. Everyday when you wake up, take 2 minutes to make the bed. Simple little rituals like this take next to no time, and go a long way to helping keep your mind clear and your anxiety levels low.

5. Don’t live in the Past

So you failed a subject last semester, maybe you failed 2, maybe you failed all of your subjects and you’re starting to feel snowed under and you can’t shake that little voice in the back of your mind that is telling you “you’ve already failed once, so you’re doomed to fail again”. Take a deep breath, summon all of your positive vibes and tell that voice to Fuck Off. Einstein failed high school math, J.K.Rowling was a jobless, single parent who got knocked back by numerous publishers, Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard and Van Gough was constantly told he was  a terrible painter (he didn’t become famous until after his death!) – my point is failure isn’t a bad thing. Failure is a stepping stone, learn from your mistakes, look at what you did last time and do it differently this this time. It’s not over until you say it is.

6. Meditate

Meditation is so easy, and so beneficial. I’m not saying that you should sit in a meadow full of flowers surrounded by weed-smoking hippies and talk about the meaning of the colour purple (if anybody actual does do this – you are the best – please take pictures for me!! ) . What I mean by meditation is to take time every day, as little as 2 minutes before  you fall asleep at night, to think about all the great things that are going on in your life. Make a list of all the people you are grateful for, think about how lucky you are to be where you are, to be given the opportunities you’ve been given and in general just how lucky you are to be alive.

7. Exercise

Not going to lie… I hate going to the gym. I find it boring and uneventful and smelly. My exercise of choice is either a quick run around the block or yoga ❤  But that’s just me … find what you love and do that. Just because all the insta models enjoy lifting weights doesn’t mean that you’ll love it too. Give yourself the freedom to explore, try new things, maybe play a team sport – you’ll be amazed at what you could discover.

 

So that’s all I’ve got guys.. I hope you find this list useful. Are there any self-care tips that you swear by and thing I should add to my list? Please let me know in the comments 🙂

Thanks for dropping by ❤ ❤ ❤

Namaste xx

Goal Tracker

Hello hello hello!!!

It has been sooo long since I last posted 😦

I just finished my exams at university and I’m in the process of finalising all of my notes so that I can upload them for everyone 🙂

 

However I took a little time out today to make up this Goal Tracker… I’ve seen a few similar designs floating around and it seemed like an awesome way to keep track of all the little day to day things we tend to forget … so I jumped on and designed my own 🙂

Also, I re-did the decor for my blog :/ I hope you guys like it !! I was trying to make it less girly-girl!!

Anyways… enjoy 🙂 xx

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A whole lot of Maths <3

 

Afternote: Originally when I published this post I made an error in the “vector calculus” summary. I wrote divergence as du/dx, du/dy, du/dz —- this should actually by du/dx, dv/dy, dw/dz — the error has been fixed but if you downloaded these notes any earlier than 3rd May 2017 there is a chance that you downloaded the version with the error! Sorry guys !

Vector CalculusFourier SeriesPartial Differential Equations

Downloadable PDF Versions 🙂 Enjoy ❤ ❤ ❤

Vector Calculus

Fourier Series

Partial Differential Equations

Magnetism

Hi everyone,

So these are my summary notes on Magnetism. I didn’t include any examples but the concept is pretty simple and it kind of just ties in with all the other topics we studied this semester so it should be fine. However if you need any more clarification or you’d like an example sheet drop me a line in the comments and I’ll make one up 🙂

Magnetism

Pdf version: Magnetism