Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. – Aristotle
Tania Comerford, Personal Growth Support at CCC, recently shared in a Parenting Workshop, ‘Building Blocks to a Healthy Mind’, an acronym from Peter Janetski – BEING. Human beings are Body (physical well-being), Emotional (mental and emotional well-being), Intellectual (cognitive development), Neighbours (social development), and God (spiritual well-being). When we have a personal relationship with Christ Jesus as our Saviour and Lord we are occupied by His Holy Spirit and become spiritually alive. We aim to bring students to a closer relationship with God and nurture their development across each of these domains.
Walker Learning is based on child development theory and research into the developing brain. It is an approach to teaching and learning that values the whole child, their individual development and interests. Walker Learning aims to equip students with the skills they need to engage effectively with curriculum content as well as develop the skills they need for life. These include social and communication skills, thinking skills including problem solving, and addressing emotional needs and development. This approach understands that each child is a BEING. Learning intentions are planned by teachers based on class needs and environments.
The developmental domains are:
Emotional domain refers to maturity of the individuals identity and sense of self (e.g. describing and explaining feelings and frustrations, positive assertiveness, trust, autonomy, decision-making, self-reflection etc.).
Social domain refers to maturity around relationships with others (e.g. acceptance of diversity, initiating interactions, sharing their views and opinions with others, conflict resolution, developing respect and empathy for others etc.).
Cognitive domain refers to thinking and making sense of the world (e.g. creative thinking, problem solving, risk taking, cause and effect, questioning, relationships between factors etc.).
Language domain refers to expression and articulation in communication (e.g. speech, volume, expression through language, clarity of articulation etc.).
Physical domain refers to gross motor, fine motor, coordination and spatial awareness (e.g. hand-eye coordination, muscle strength in hand, fingers and wrists, muscle strength in arms, core and legs etc.)
– Article by Sarah Edwards (Head of Curriculum Early Years)
Content for this article has been taken from the book ‘Play Matters’ by Kathy Walker.
Reference also made to the teachings of Peter Janetski (www.peterj.com.au).