April 1, 2020

Looking around the global reaction to this pandemic (at the panic buying, the constant news feed, social distancing and germ phobia) I wonder at how this experience is shaping the minds of our children and how these children will grow up to shape the world in turn?

How...

March 2, 2020

Did you ever wonder why we learnt algebra at school and not how to pick ourselves up after an emotional challenge? 

Education is more than memorising facts and testing. From Early Childhood Education to University we are on journey of self-discovery. We learn about...

December 13, 2018

We come from a country where educational opportunities and resources are bountiful. So bountiful in fact, that 'old' books are often considered worthless and are recycled or trashed!

Books 4 PNG Kids are helping to turn 'trash' into treasure by collecting spare books fo...

November 30, 2018

We can't draw from an empty well and self-care for educators is essential. Doing a job that requires you to be constantly aware of the needs of others can lead to occupational burnout. It's common for people to speak about being selfish as an insult. But there's a reas...

November 30, 2018

Hi, I’m Melissa, the author of our wellbeing collection, made with the help of my daughter Ayla. The role of wellbeing in education is becoming more of a focus. Life skills such as emotional intelligence, resilience and stress management are now recognised as essential...

November 25, 2018

Have you have heard of the psychological phenomenon called the Pygmalion Effect? With such great influence on the children you interact with, for educators, this effect could be of particular interest in supporting positive learning behaviours.

In 1964 Harvard psycholog...

September 21, 2018

We hear a lot about the wonderful physical, mental, and emotional benefits of meditating, but actually managing to get kids to meditate can be hard work.

After loads of trial and error, I've found a couple of things that work for me that I'd like to share.

Firstly,...

September 3, 2018

We are all aware of the increasing experience of anxiety in children, but what are its causes and what can we do about it? 

(Just want the remedy? See the mindfulness exercise at the bottom of the page.)

I will be authoring a short series of blogs that explore some of th...

December 13, 2017

Books are the keys to the kingdom of learning

October 2, 2017

I’m Melissa from Enlighten Press. I’m an author, artist and a student of positive psychology. I’m also a big believer in education, but I don’t believe that means telling kids what we think they need to know...

Real learning is about developing an empowered mindset...

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November 30, 2018