The Student Teacher Diaries Ep 4

Hi Lovelies!!!

So my life has been full on for the last couple of weeks – I’ve barely had time for anything which I why I didn’t ‘t upload a blog last week 😦

But I’m making up for it this week !!! With two weeks worth of footage all lovingly combined into one episode 🙂

It is a little long , so it’s probably a good idea to make yourself a cup of tea before watching ❤

Have a beautiful week everybody ! ❤ ❤ ❤

Namaste x

The Student Teacher Diaries Ep2

Good Morning Everyone!!!

So it has been a massive week  (and an even bigger weekend but I’ll talk about all that drama in next weeks blog). We have a new foster dog, Bear (who is literally a giant AND the cutest thing you have ever seen!). This is him ❤

img_0519.jpgI also had an EDSS (Education Student Society) trivia event that I attended this week and (spoiler alert) my team came 3rd (mostly because I was calling out the wrong answers to throw the other teams off (classic trivia mind games)).

So without any farther introduction here is this weeks video diary ❤ ❤ ❤

Have a beautiful week everyone!

I’m going to try and get some more resources up before the end of the week!

Namaste ❤ ❤ ❤

The Sweetest Birthday Wall : #PunIntended

Good Morning all of you amazing people ❤

WHAT A WEEK!

I have just finished my first of three weeks placement and it was intense 🙂

I have a lot of adjusting and lesson planning to work on so this week I’m going to do a nice simple post and share with you all my “sweet” ice cream birthday wall template ❤

I’ve seen a lot of variations of different birthday walls in classrooms, but the ice cream version has always been one of my favourites. I  used this one for the students I work with at my part time job (Outside School Hours Care) and they loved it (not to mention it looks really groovy pinned up on the wall in our building )

Birthday Wall Template_Miss MillieMillie

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.

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

Basic Integration

The more topics I cover the more important a good knowledge of  the basic rules of integration becomes. If you’re like me you would have covered these rules once in first year and then by the time you need to use them seriously your mind has  already gone a little bit fuzzy.

So as a means of revision I did up this nifty little summary of the basic rules of integration 🙂

Basic IntegrationAnd… here’s the pdf version ❤ ❤ ❤ Basic Integration