”Social Skills for Effective Learning” is a practical workbook to promote the development of selfmanaged, resilient learners. It is the companion volume to Personal Skills for Effective Learning and both books have been written by Annie Greef, who is a former teacher and currently a training consultant.The book includes six units, a glossary of terms and an appendix linking the units to the National Curriculum. The units follow a common format with an overview, guidelines andphotocopiable activity sheets. They cover issues such as empathy, conflict and diversity. The author writes about the changes in family interactions in modern society and the impact they have had on children acquiring emotional competencies such as resilience. She stresses the importance of teachers as role models and claims that working through this resourcebook can also prompt the reader to embark on a personal development journey. By balancing hope and a positive outlook, she challenges teachers to examine their own beliefs about themselves and about children as a starting point. There are many useful activities in this book which can be adapted to suit the age of the students; however, I would imagine that it is aimed at secondary level.
Mary Mountstephen, SEN Magazine
“A very interesting and captivating read! Designed primarily to cover aspects of the PSHE curriculum, it is also suitable for a wide variety of classes, of different ages and abilities. It is well written, easy to follow and the numerous activities are extremely valuable for any teacher’s `toolbox`. A very useful resource. This volume continues in the same (excellent) style. Theory is introduced and discussed in a meaningful manner. Would recommend to every teacher”.
H.B. Williams, PGCE (PCET) Course Director, Coleg Meirion Dwyfor
“Both books are excellent. They are very relevant to what we teach in relation to ”Social Personal and Health Education”. For undergraduate students the theory/background to each area is appropriately pitched. The range and selection of activities are excellent and are extremely applicable to the methodology of experiential learning. Both books have a wide range of activities that address the emotional and social intelligence and excellent introductory reading material to the area of SPHE.I will be recommending these as core text for our first year and second year students”.
Mairead Barry, Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Science, School of Health Science
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