ABOUT Better Thinking
Children are not immune to the ever increasing complexity
and stress of life.
Our children's senses are bombarded with information all
day every day. In no time at all that information is redundant,
replaced with a new set of systems, concepts and vocabulary.
It is no longer enough simply to teach our children lists of
instructions for approaching life and learning which worked
in the past. We must provide them with a map of the terrain
which enables them to avoid the inevitable swamps and
pitfalls and navigate their own way through the learning journey.
The complex and often brutal world of social media, which is so central to the way our children now live their lives, brings a whole new set of challenges. It is little wonder that an ever increasing number of children experience levels of anxiety and emotional arousal so high that effective learning becomes near impossible. That's where Paul comes in. Better Thinking exists to give children the necessary thinking tools to negotiate the complex and challenging social and learning environment in which they exist and to regain control of their emotional world.
About Paul pringle
Paul has a depth of experience and great skill in using a range of
evidence based approaches and his own compassion and insight
to improve the quality of thinking and learning both in the context
of academic and social learning.
His particular gift is in helping young people and their families to
develop and apply thinking strategies in order to develop
resilience, manage strong emotions and resolve conflict.
A wealth of research now suggests that data; the facts and figures,
is no longer absolute monarch. Of course, it is possible to use facts and figures to inform and deliver information, but the evidence suggests that story and narrative are a more effective way to engage and convince, to motivate and promote meaning and empathy. Our brains, it appears, are hard-wired neurologically to respond to stories, particularly character driven stories.
Ironically, and tragically, the world of Education seems to be careering headlong in the opposite direction, with an ever-increasing obsession with measurement and the collection and proliferation of data.
Storytelling has been used for millennia to delight and entertain, but it is vastly more than that. Metaphor is the language of the brain. Stories provide patterns and templates through which we make sense of our world and our place in it. Of course, we need the data; the facts, the numbers….and we need the ‘techies’ to manage that data. But the data is not the story, and the tech guys are not the story….they exist to help us tell the story.
At Better Thinking we understand the power of story and integrate it into the learning process. We live in an age where there are more platforms from which to tell our stories than ever before in human history, and a plethora of stories competing for our children's attention. It is of vital importance that the stories we tell our children are carefully selected to nurture and nourish them as thinkers, learners and people.