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Chief Fuzzy Thinker

Boom, seven years ago it all became less “fuzzy”.  I had always wondered why I struggled in school.  I was a hard worker, but the amount of work I put in, never actually reflected my grades.  Why did I have to work so much harder than everyone else?  Why did I forget things so easily?  It all made sense when I was identified dyslexic.

Leaving the corporate world behind me, I threw myself into the field of education, where I appeared to have a natural, wholehearted empathy with the learning difficulties of pupils, and a skill for encouraging the growth of emotional resilience and intelligence of pupils.  It was wonderful to see them develop their coping skills, which would last their whole lives; supporting and maximising their potential learning opportunities.

Working in Welsh and English medium schools, but also through supporting my two teenage boys, I became acutely aware that whilst youngsters might soak up the curriculum, many lack the necessary skills and discipline to apply that learning.  This is where I could see myself making a difference – the driving force to me becoming a fully qualified Learning Coach through Agored Cymru.

Furthermore, through my own personal experience, and from supporting in the classroom, it is evident how anxiety can ruin a pupil's confidence to achieving academic learning and personal development into adulthood.

Through practicing mindfufulness daily, and from delivering mindfulness to others, I can testify as to how it can help control anxiety, stress, worry and negative thoughts, fostering a “I can do it” attitude, whilst also reinforcing attitudes of kindness towards ourselves and others.  All of this comes together, to create a positive experience not only for the learner, but also for those trying to support them.

Now I would be lying if I said I never worry anymore, catastrophise, or a let a negative thought enter my mind, but thanks to mindfulness these moments are few and far between, and when they do arise, I feel I am kinder to myself, as I now know I have my own “personal toolkit” to deal with them with more insight and greater perspective.

As if that wasn’t enough, it was a revelation for me to learn that not everyone views the world the same way as I do.  As an Irlen Screener I can identify and assist those living with scotopic sensitivity, and therefore exhibiting difficulties with the process of visual information.  Imagine how that affects learning!

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“Thanks for teaching such an inspirational lesson.  I’m dyspraxic and have trouble following instructions and remembering them.  I worry a lot and found the lesson really useful”

Lucy Powell

aged 13

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