The Battle Against Boredom in Schools — with Mette Ledertoug & Nanna Paarup

How do we battle boredom in the classroom? Research has shown one in four Danish students were very bored often or most of the time in school. Mette Ledertoug and Nanna Paarup are challenging this status quo, asking: ‘How can we expect to create lifelong learners if we turn so many students off learning in…

Positive Education Leadership — with Charlie Scudamore

Q: How can leaders embed sustainable wellbeing change? In this interview, Denise talks to Charlie Scudamore, a visionary educator and Vice Principal at Geelong Grammar School who has been leading wellbeing in his community for over 10 years.  Charlie reveals how positive psychology was introduced at his school and the lasting benefits of creating a…

How Strengths-Based Approaches Support Wellbeing — with Dr Denise Quinlan

What’s right with people? In this interview, Adrienne and Denise discuss strengths – defined as things we do well and enjoy doing. Engagement, performance, collaboration and relationships are all positively influenced by strengths. Humans are better at recognising threat than reward which is why we need to practice spotting strengths in ourselves and others. Denise…

Whole-school Wellbeing from a Coach’s Perspective — with Clive Leach

How do different schools address wellbeing? In this interview, Clive and Denise discuss harnessing ‘positive deviance’ in schools to move towards Flourishing. Clive explains why it’s important to acknowledge teachers who are already doing a lot to grow student wellbeing, and to help staff understand the research around wellbeing and resilience. Engaging staff and students…

Exploring different wellbeing models

Writing the Rāroa Staff Wellbeing Book — with Stephen Eames

How will your school encourage educators to explore and invest in their own wellbeing? In this interview (which follows Stephen’s earlier interview Exploring Different Wellbeing Models), Stephen and Denise discuss the use of Inquiry and Design Thinking as tools to help explore and implement wellbeing in a school setting, specifically for staff. Learn how creative…

Exploring Different Wellbeing Models — with Stephen Eames

Why does educator wellbeing matter for students? In this interview, Stephen and Denise discuss his staff’s wellbeing journey where they explored the underpinnings of wellbeing and adapting wellbeing models to their school context. Rāroa School wanted a model that was easily understood by the community and reflected the school’s values. Learn how Rāroa gave their…