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Parent, Teacher, Mentor, Friend: How Every Adult Can Change Kids' Lives
Parent, Teacher, Mentor, Friend: How Every Adult Can Change Kids' Lives
by Peter Benson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.71

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changing children's lives, one at a time., 30 Aug 2013
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Peter Benson's book is a call to action for everyone of us who want children to flourish. He writes eloquently about the power of relationships to listen, encourage and validate young people as they explore and discover who they are. His concept of sparks is an important one, every child will have something which lights their fire and says "this is me". Benson is concerned that we should all ask "what is important to you" and then listen without advising or prescribing. He believes that moments matter and add up so each of us can make a contribution a bit at a time. I found this book inspiring and moving and wish I had discovered it during his lifetime. This book is part of his legacy to the world.


The Long Weekend
The Long Weekend
by Veronica Henry
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.03

5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner, 30 Aug 2013
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Well written and with a diverse range of utterly believable characters this is a lovely story about people taking a short holiday to a chic, boutique hotel in Cornwall. Add 2 romances and several complicated relationships and you have a book which is hard to put down.


Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers: A Scotland Street Novel (44 Scotland Street)
Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers: A Scotland Street Novel (44 Scotland Street)
by Alexander McCall Smith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Another delightful visit to Scotland Street, 30 Aug 2013
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If you have not yet met the brilliant Bertie do not delay. This engaging 7 year old and his over ambitious mother make me laugh out loud. This little boy longs to have fun, go on big adventures and be independent, his mother has other ideas. Charmingly written with a sharp eye for the frailty of human nature but never cruel or smug Alexander McCall Smith's Scotland Street series are an absolute delight.


Smart Strengths: A Parent-Teacher Coach Guide to Building Character, Resilience, and Relationships in Youth
Smart Strengths: A Parent-Teacher Coach Guide to Building Character, Resilience, and Relationships in Youth
by John M. Yeager
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.01

5.0 out of 5 stars How to change a school system one person at a time, 13 Jan 2013
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The book is based on the authors' research into strengths coaching in schools. It is brim full of ideas and practical activities to help schools develop student strengths and wellbeing and in the process maximize the strengths of the adults who work with them. All 3 of the authors are among the early graduates of the Masters in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) with Professor Martin Seligman and their work is both evidence based and practical. This would be a useful handbook for any school considering how to make changes which encouraged their students to discover and develop their strengths as a way of both increasing wellbeing and improving performance and achievement.


How Children Succeed
How Children Succeed
by Paul Tough
Edition: Paperback

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a ground breaking book., 13 Jan 2013
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As a Child Psychologist I don't need convincing that IQ is a poor explanation of why children succeed. Paul Tough takes us on a well considered journey to explore how character, grit and persistence are really what drives success. We meet those pioneers who have discovered one part of the puzzle and who are dedicating their lives to making a difference to poor and disadvantaged children and families. Gradually through those people we begin to see the bigger picture of what works and how those pockets of innovation and excellence could become the fabric for a whole society. I hope it does and I hope many more people read this book and start to think about what they can do to make it happen. Few books are life changing but this one could be.


Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America
Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America
by Paul Tough
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring book., 13 Jan 2013
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I'm passionate about helping children but as an English woman who is yet to visit America I wasn't sure this book would resonate with me. I was so wrong. Paul Tough brings the work of Geoffrey Canada and his team to life in a way which made me want to take to the streets to tell people we don't have to accept the world the way it is. We just have to think big. If you want to change children's lives you have to start early and stay in there from the cradle to college. We need more folk like Geoffrey Canada and more Harlem Children's Zones. Brilliant.


Positive Psychology (Introducing a Practical Guide)
Positive Psychology (Introducing a Practical Guide)
by Bridget Grenville-Cleave
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.54

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Positive Psychology a Practical Guide by Bridget Grenville-Cleave, 28 Feb 2012
If you have been wondering what Positive Psychology is and what it can do for you then this is the perfect introduction. Bridget writes clearly and concisely to show you around the world of positive psychology which is the scientific study of optimal wellbeing. Each chapter introduces a subject area and offers ideas you can try out for yourself. She encourages you to explore what will work for you at your own pace. The resources section at the close of the book recommends websites where you can continue to explore this new and interesting branch of psychology.


Teaching Happiness and Well-Being in Schools
Teaching Happiness and Well-Being in Schools
by Ian Morris
Edition: Paperback
Price: 21.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must read for anyone interested in developing the wellbeing of secondary school students., 18 Feb 2011
I loved this book and couldn't put it down. At last, we not only have someone who can talk knowledgeably about how to bring wellbeing onto the curriculum, but who has also made a thorough study of the evidence for teaching wellbeing.

Although I like to know what works, and to have practical descriptions from lessons, I also want to know why it works; without the evidence you can't adapt that knowledge to make it fit new situations. So if you have dipped into SEAL but haven't really been inspired get this book.

I'd heard a lot about the Wellbeing Programme at Wellington College. The Principal, Anthony Seldon,is a first rate spokesman for the difference wellbeing makes, not just to personal happiness and performance, but also to nurturing a strong supportive community. What I didn't know is that Ian Morris, the author of the book, is the Head of Wellbeing there and is the man behind the wellbeing curriculum. His post combines PSHE and Religious studies with Wellbeing. I like that, it takes this often underrated curriculum area up a notch from "how not to undermine your wellbeing" to "try this for a happy, healthy life"

Wellbeing is not just about feeling OK, it is about knowing what brings the best out in yourself and others. Now why shouldn't that take centre stage in any school?

Jeni Hooper


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