This page is updated daily with short discussion topics – sharing news items, reflections and debates relevant to ThoughtBox curriculum topics.Shared directly from ourFacebook Page,Little Thinks are ideal discussion ideas to use in morning registration with students, to kick-start their thinking every day.
Today's 'Little Think': Are you an ethical tourist? 🤔 _________________________________________________________
"On a wooden platform in a tiny village on the longest river in the world, a giant anteater slurps pink yogurt from a plastic bucket as a man shoves a selfie stick in its face.
A pair of blue macaws crunches on cheese puffs. A toucan nibbles a saltine cracker. Sixty tourists screech, squeal, and cackle as they paw at a menagerie of wild animals. Sloths cling to human necks. Monkeys scramble over heads and shoulders. On a bench two turtles strain for freedom under the weight of human hands."
Reading this with your mind switched on (rather than following the throes of a gentle narrative) the true horror of what is happening to satisfy our human whims is apparent.
A recent National Geographic investigation has revealed widespread animal suffering in portal towns in the Amazon, fueled by what are being termed ‘selfie safaris.’ Conservation and animal welfare groups agree that when an activity involving wildlife crosses the line from observation to interaction, it’s bad for the animals, and yet economics often get in the way of ethics, rationality and what is "right".
Be wise as a tourist, be respectful as a tourist, and remain an observer: Look but do not touch. ...
We were fortunate to spend time with Jane Goodall in Tanzania last year and were struck by the enthusiastic grace, energy and tireless dedication she possesses for her work with chimpanzees.
She bounced around the stage during her presentation with the same vitality and energy that she must have held when we was seen as the "young untrained girl" of her early days of research.
Now that her work and her wisdom have been given the global recognition they deserve, this seems a timely occasion to celebrate such an extraordinary woman and such vital work by exploring early footage filmed by her husband.
Can't wait to watch! 🙂
BBC News A new documentary about the renowned chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall includes never-before-seen footage of her at work in Africa. ...
We really enjoyed our time spent at Marine Academy Plymouth yesterday, working with 30 teachers from schools across the region and sharing ideas on how to create healthy classroom environments for our young people to flourish.
Positive feedback, inspiring teachers and a truly enjoyable morning - thanks all who attended!
Some feedback from the teachers about the session:
“Positive and open-minded approach to the topic of emotional health. A clear and understanding presentation, with spot-on videos and a variety of teaching methods and techniques that I found useful and plan to use in my school...”
“Being led into important discussions and topics (led well) ensured that we take away plenty of food for thought – which I certainly have done!”
“I really enjoyed today, it gave me some great ideas to take back to the classroom. Thank you.”
In light of a recent study of nature reserves across Germany in which three-quarters of flying insects have vanished in 25 years, it is time to start really questioning and understanding what we are doing to make this "ecological Armageddon" occur..and the ramifications upon us all.
Today we're heading to Plymouth to the South West Teaching Schools Alliance training day,where we will be running a CPD programme this morning with teachers from across the region, exploring questions such as:
Why do we need to nurture emotional resilience in our students? 🤔 Why are critical thinking, empathy and unlearning vital tools to support emotional health? 🤔 How can we create safe spaces to support healthy class discussions? 🤔
Excited to meet and work together with schools from across the region 🙂
Here's a great introduction to the Feel Brave story, resources and the inspiring author and founder, NGT Avril McDonald. Well worth a watch 🙂
thoughtboxeducation.com/ngt-feel-brave/A 10 min presentation for teaching staff which gives 5 practical easy strategies to use with children to help them manage tough emotions and fun ways to teac... ...
If you are not someone who uses their food compost for the garden, it might be interesting to see what some people are doing with those scraps that you are throwing out....making money as well as supporting sustainability 🙂
We had such a great day yesterday at King's College School Wimbledon at the 'Mind the Gap' conference on Empathy.
Inspiring talks from from Dr Sara Konrath, Professor Tanya Byron, Dr Cat Sebastian, Michael Frayn, Dr Tom Harrison and Jo Berry took us through a range of questions such as:
"What is empathy and why does it matter?" "How can teachers model empathy in the classroom?" "How does brain development impact empathic engagement?" "What role does social media play in empathy building/loss?" "How can we teach and support empathy in schools?"
Empathy Action were also at school, showcasing ‘The Poverty Trap’ slum simulation, allowing the conference delegates to experience empathy teaching in action.
A truly inspiring day with exciting ideas, connections and hopeful new ideas for schools 🙂
Honoured to be featured as a 'Hero' by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation team. Check out their website, follow them on Facebook and get involved with their work... because our plastic is #notwhalefood
Today marks 'Emotional Well-Being Day', a day to focus on the emotional health and well-being of our communities.
ThoughtBox works closely with schools to support the emotional well-being of our students, and much of this come through focusing on empathy building and engaging human connections in lessons.
Leading the way as an outward thinking school, King's College School Wimbledon are now teaching empathy across the school, with Headmaster Andrew Halls championing the imperative of teaching empathy for students by hosting a conference this Friday, focused on "Tackling the Empathy Deficit in Schools and Colleges".
"Mind the Gap" is the title of the KCS pastoral conference and ThoughtBox are delighted to be attending and look forward to a series of engaging talks, round-tables and discussions on the power and importance of teaching and practicing empathy in schools to support positive mental health. We also look forward to connecting up with inspired organisation Empathy Action who will be showcasing their work at the conference.
Watch this space for more details - and read a little bit about why KCS feel empathy is vital to teach in schools below:
Thanks ThoughtBox for highlighting these issues and we look forward to seeing you on Friday. A very crucial conference for our day and age... thanks for all you are doing to assist 'human connection', empathy and deep understanding of one another. See you Friday! 🙂