Counselling placement with Action for Children

As part of my MSc in Person-centred Counselling and Psychotherapy, I volunteered in a school in Dunbar, Scotland to support parents of children accessing additional support. Some families were looking for parenting coaching, others a place to express anxieties about their children’s behaviour at home or in school. Common features were families considering or awaiting …

If we value children’s expression what gets in the way of child-led art projects? A discussion with Taiwanese teachers.

I met up with 20 Taiwanese student Montessori teachers in Taichung to demonstrate some methods and principles behind music and visual art in a Montessori classroom. On our second day, we discussed what holds us back from simply allowing children to create. For me, it is key is to acknowledge the power agenda.  If the …

Sustainable actions in small schools and homes

I have been asked to summarise the way sustainable principles have been put into action in a small school which follows Montessori principles. Through a holistic lens it seems that most things that are good practice generally follow Sustainability practice.  Here are some ideas that might help you take small actions to engage children at …

Big blue sky with moon and thin cloud.

Nonviolent Communication in Hong Kong

This year I have begun sharing  Nonviolent Communication  (NVC) in Hong Kong.  Before I had run an in-house professional development session with teachers from my school so I offered to lead a fortnightly practice group with the teachers. It is an opportunity for the teachers to share their experiences – both their commitment to Montessori/Peace …