A curriculum that links education, the mind and the heart
Mark Le Messurier
Despite global uncertainties we want our children to revel in the fact that they're uniquely human
and are blessed to live on this fabulous blue planet. Yes, there are challenges ahead, but our
challenge is to teach them the beauty of being human - our inquisitiveness, faith, empathy, creativity,
perseverance, teamwork, resiliency, visionary qualities and our extraordinary capacity to build relationships.
Teaching Values of Being Human is a rich and practical collection of guided conversations, sequenced
lessons and activities for all kinds of educators; teachers, school support workers, parents and
allied health professionals.
Teaching Values of Being Human draws on positive psychology, wellbeing, mindfulness, spirituality
and growth mindset. It elevates them into real-world language and applied practices so educator and
student, or parent and child, can understand, learn and apply together.
Teaching Values of Being Human advances how we educate the young people in our care. It is
filled with ideas to empower student agency and voice so they can become campaigners for a better world.
Teaching Values of Being Human raises the status of clever, emotionally crafted classrooms
and families. This is where young people are encouraged to engage with one another, to exchange ideas,
compare thoughts, normalise feelings, find purpose, grow and build new understandings about the world.
When we're able to safeguard these precious environments, we give children opportunities to grow
through past difficulties, to discover happiness, new identities and skill themselves with their
uniquely capabilities they can take into the future.
Teaching Values of Being Human advocates that our young people are our greatest asset. They
possess an incalculable richness and potential. Now is not who they will be, but what we do now and
how we do it, will set the trajectory for what is to come.
Elevating the value of being human within a holistic framework is the mission of this work;
Chapter 1: A short guide to coach Social and Emotional Literacy (SEL) Chapter 2: Quick start connections - building trusting relationships Chapter 3: Stimulating self-awareness and building identity Chapter 4: Ideas to set goals and champion perseverance Chapter 5: Nurturing emotional intelligence and resilience Chapter 6: Developing organisational habits Chapter 7: The ART of developing healthy communication patterns Chapter 8: 'Mis'behaviour and humane ideas to influence positive change Chapter 9: The human brain; activities to celebrate its wiring for incredible growth Chapter 10: Compassion towards others begins with our self-care