Thriving At School aims to help children flourish in the crucial early school years and beyond.
This easy-to-read, practical guide is designed to help parents develop their children's attitudes, values and good habits and so help them become happy and effective learners.
We now have :
- bigger houses and greater wealth, but smaller backyards and smaller families
- more technology and multimedia, but less time together and less interaction
- more opportunities and easier access, but more restrictions and greater fears for our safety, and
- more material goods at cheaper prices, but more obesity and marketing to younger kids.
The result is we strive to keep our kids happy by giving them more, but we really give less. All these social changes mean that the values of today’s Generation Y are different. If you ask your child about his values, you might be surprised when the Gameboy, computer, MP3 player or mobile phone is mentioned. Values are much more than material goods, and they have a key role to play in learning. They are the springboard for the attitudes that a child demonstrates as a learner.
Highly regarded authors Dr John Irvine and John Stewart consider ways to help a child succeed in the classroom, be stimulated to learn, deal with difficulties in the playground, and get on well with others at school and at home. The authors write: 'Current research shows that our children's success in life will depend less on their "traditional" IQ and more on their emotional intelligence - their ability to form successful relationships, be more understanding of others and form a positive outlook on life.
They will need the new Three Rs: the values of respect, responsibility and relationships. These values underpin every student's capacity to thrive at school.'
About the Authors
Dr John Irvine is an educational psychologist, a consultant psychologist, a counsellor and a widely recognised specialist on children's behaviour. He is the author of significant books for parents such as A Handbook for Happy Families
and Who'd be a Parent?
John Stewart is Head of the Junior School at Central Coast Grammar in NSW, a highly experienced educator and has been teaching in Australia and the UK since 1993. He has a Masters of Education degree from Cambridge University and is the author of an innovative multimedia online textbook, Writeonline