100 Year 10 students
6 dozen tennis balls
2 mediation apps
and 1 very enthusiastic teacher
Teaching Mental Fitness this year has a been an absolute pleasure and, ultimately, a successful experiment. After nearly a full year of designing, teaching and reflecting on MenFit I am feeling pretty good about.
The AWE data is in. Boys who have completed the course are reporting higher levels of happiness and resilience than other year 10s. I have enjoyed the class, the student and parent feedback is positive but it's the data that matters today. The boys are learning to boost their wellbeing and has lasting effects and as we know:
“Optimal performance is tied to wellbeing, the higher the positive morale, the better the performance”
Flourish, Dr Martin Seligman
(former president of the APA)
So if nothing else, those boys are set up for their exams and hopefully to enjoy their lives more outside of the classroom as well.
Adrienne Buckingham has been teaching teenagers for 15 years, parenting for 8 and is on a quest to do it all better using evidence based strategies.