Today we are grateful for…


Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Classroom | Posted on November 6, 2015

Regular blog followers might remember our earlier posts about ways we can be happier and more resilient. This helps us to enjoy things more and it also helps us to learn more things! Earlier in the year we learnt about ways to improve our mood, strategies to bounce back and be happy along with ways to grow our minds.

Last year, Mrs Placek and Miss Crowther listened to a presentation about resilience given by a man named Hugh from The Resilience Project. Here is one of the slide’s from his presentation:


A slide from Hugh's 'Developing Resilience' presentation

A slide from Hugh’s ‘Developing Resilience’ presentation


In 5/6 Team we all have ‘journals of joy’. We toyed with the idea of calling them ‘joynals’, but settled on Gratitude Journals.


We apologise for the background noise in some parts of the video. It was lunch time (when we interviewed) and some people were very grateful for the oval right outside our classroom!

We write in our journals every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There are three sentence starters that we complete:

Today I am grateful for…

Today I am grateful to…

I am looking forward to…









After keeping our journals for a while, the words in Hugh’s slide started to come true. We notice the small things that we might have missed before. We notice the good and great things that happen each day and appreciate the people in our lives more. When you stop and reflect, there are so many things to be grateful for each day.


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We would love to know…

What are you grateful for?


Who are you grateful to?


What are you looking forward to?

Bounce Back and Be Happy!


Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Learning | Posted on June 2, 2015

Resilient people are happier people. Everyone has days where they feel a little low but resilient people know that these times won’t last for ever. They cope with challenges and don’t let things get them down for long. They ‘Bounce Back’.

We defined “resiliency” as being able to…









We watched Bradley Trevor Grieve’s ‘The Blue Day Book for Kids’ which is full of wonderful ways to feel good. Different people have different ways of cheering themselves up. Take a look and see if your best tip for bouncing back is included.



Here are some of the ways we ‘Bounce Back’ from ‘Blue Days’…










How do you show resilience?



Grow Your Mind!


Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Learning | Posted on April 30, 2015

At the start of the year, our principal, Mrs Laffan, told Mrs Placek and Miss Crowther about a lady in America called Dr. Carol Dweck. Carol is a professor of psychology and works at Stanford University in America. She researches intelligence, motivation and how people think and learn. She talks about a fixed mindset and a growth mindset.

In an interview in 2012, Carol said:

“In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb. In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.”

The video clip below proves that failing is actually a good thing. Like Carol says, if you have a growth mindset you will believe that if you work hard you can learn new things. At first things might be difficult. However, the next time you do them they will be slightly easier and then even easier the next time.


There are lots of ‘famous failures’ in the world.  Did you know that…

* Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper job for having ‘no imagination’ or ‘original ideas’

* A very famous band called The Beatles were rejected by a recording studio and told they had no future in music

* JK Rowling’s first Harry Potter book was rejected by 12 publishers


Orange Man

When have you worked hard to learn something new?


What do you think of Dr. Carol Dweck’s ideas on how people learn?


Hey, Macarena!


Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Classroom | Posted on February 6, 2015

At the end of last year, Mrs Placek and Miss Crowther went to Swinburne University to listen to a man named Hugh talk about resilience. Resilience is the ability to look on the bright side of life and ‘bounce back’ when things don’t go your way. We have been learning about resilience as part of UPPS’s ‘Bounce Back’ program.

Hugh talked about a lot of things, including what makes people more happy. He has read lots of books about it and visited countries around the world. He said there are three things that can change your mood quickly and make you feel happy.







Hugh showed everyone at the meeting a YouTube clip  and we have watched it too. It made us laugh and put us in an even better mood than we were in.

We have Random Dance Breaks in 5/6 Team. At the start of the week we all learn a new song. Throughout the week when we least expect it, the music comes on and we stand up and dance. As soon as the music is finished we sit down and go on with what we were doing – like it never happened! Except, our minds are refreshed and we feel full of energy to keep learning. We shared our dance at assembly today.




Hugh said that happy people are also grateful people. He said that if you write down three new things you are grateful for everyday for 21 days then your brain stops looking for bad things and starts looking for good things.  We have started to look for moments that we are grateful for each day. At the moment we are sharing them at class meetings. Soon we will start writing them in our diaries so we can look back on them during the year.

Here are some of the things 5/6 Team members are grateful for:

* Being elected as School/House Captain

* Having friends to play with

* A roof over my head

* A supportive family who come to see me at school

* An unexpected hug from my sister at recess

* Mum cooking my favourite meal as a surprise

* Mum making me lunch every day

What dance do you think we should do next?


What are you grateful for?


How do you include music, exercise and laughter in your life?


Edited to add:

After ‘The Macarena’ we learnt ‘The Nutbush’. Due to popular demand, here is a video of us in action!

The music started as we were packing away our reading books, getting our 10am healthy snack and getting ready for the next session. Some of us were on the floor eating and some of us were putting our books away. When the music starts, we stop what we are doing and dance – where ever we may be in the classroom!



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