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VisionWorks meets Mindful Emotion Coaching

If you have been using VisionWorks for Schools materials, you are aware of the benefits they bring to your students. Similarly, those of you who have been reaping the benefits of Mindful Emotion Coaching will be delighted with the results.

And now we can go a step further – reinforce the skills of one with the skills of the other.

VisionWorks focuses on developing self-esteem, empathy, good communication skills and perseverance in order to achieve goals. Without them anyone struggles in the classroom. With them, good mental health and success in life are far more likely. Our activity-led programmes written for KS2, KS3 and KS4, the Insight Series and the ever increasing free downloads enable teachers anywhere to teach students the skills of Emotional Wellbeing through a stimulating variety of both group and individual activities.

We use Daniel Goleman’s 5 domains of Emotional Intelligence to underpin the schemes of work (Goleman, Daniel. Emotional Intelligence: Why it Can Matter More Than IQ. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition 1996)

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-regulation
  • Motivation
  • Empathy
  • Social skills

Armed with these skills, research tells us, our chances of being successful and happy in life are infinitely greater than without them.

Our lessons provide the tools to teach any child these transformative skills. Students learn to know themselves and their emotions; they learn to manage emotions; they learn to like themselves. This leads them to the realization that we all share these emotions and empathy feels natural. They learn communication skills; how to manage anger; to choose and change attitudes if it helps them, and how to set goals. Transformative!

“It makes me think that I’m normal compared to everyone else because I used to feel that I’m an outsider, but I feel like I’ve got more friends now.” Student (13)

“OFSTED were particularly pleased with its (VisionWorks for Schools) contribution to social, to moral, to cultural and, indeed, to spiritual advancement in our young people.” Headteacher.

 “Relationships and Emotional Connection are the foundation for learning. If kids are in schools where they feel cared for, where they feel respected and honoured, then they are just going to naturally flourish.

Creativity, learning is very natural to development but it needs to be done in emotionally sensitive schools and emotionally sensitive families. I think schools, for example, have to be really aware of the importance of dignity… Respect is very important for kids.” John Gottman

Mindful Emotion Coaching is inspired by the work of Daniel  Siegel  (Los Angeles),  John Gottman (Washington)  and Jack Shonkoff (Harvard). We explore the neuroscience of the brain as a social organ, the role of emotionally intelligent adults in modelling Emotion Regulation and the ‘How to’ of developing Emotion Intelligence and Resilience.

Emotion Intelligence (Emotion Regulation and Resilience) is the ability to understand and manage your emotions which in turn enables connection and empathy with others’ Dr Sarah Temple EHCAP

The ‘How to’ of developing Emotion Regulation is based on  5 steps of  Emotion Coaching.  (Gottman, John, and Joan DeClaire. Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1998)

  • Tune In and Be Aware of emotions
  • Connect and see expressions of emotion as moments for intimacy and learning
  • Listen with empathy, validating and labelling feelings
  • Reflect and clarify
  • Enable problem solving (with limit setting if necessary)

Emotion Regulation skills are crucial for learning and development at all stages of life and allow us to make healthy choices leading to lifelong benefits for individuals, families and communities.

Our children’s mastery of understanding and regulating their emotions will help them succeed in life in a myriad of different ways – they may for instance, be more self-confident, perform better in social and academic situations, and even become physically healthier

‘Mounting research from neuroscience and psychology tells us that there is a set of underlying core capabilities that adults use to manage life, work, and parenting effectively. These include, but are not limited to: planning, focus, self-control, awareness, and flexibility – a combination of Emotion Regulation and Executive Function.’

Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University (2016). Building Core Capabilities for Life: The Science Behind the Skills Adults Need to Succeed in Parenting and in the Workplace