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You have probably heard your children coming home and talking about gem powers! This is a brief introduction to the powers, why as a school we decided to implement the project and how you can use it at home!
‘The way we talk to children becomes their inner voice’
Why the Gem Project?
The Gem Project is a metacognition approach to teaching and learning. It builds children’s self-confidence as learners and, in turn, their self-esteem towards life. It was invented by Tom Robson (scientist and educationalist – www.tredu.co.uk) who visited the school in January to help us launch the project. Children’s ability to reflect on themselves as learners (metacognition) is now recognised as critical to children becoming resilient and successful learners. This project allows the children to do just that!
Important note: Their self-confidence as learners has a greater impact on performance than natural ability (Carol Dweck).
This is a shift in language and communication… Changing the way we talk to, and interact with young people.
Ruby – Being aware of others and how what you do or say might make them feel – thinking positively about other people. Also, helping and supporting others.
Ruby power at home: Supporting siblings in a game, getting dressed or reading. Random acts of kindness – helping prepare dinner. Understanding how others might feel because of their reaction to a situation (shouting, getting angry etc.).
Emerald – Bouncing back from mistakes and disappointment and controlling anger if it starts to get out. Also, being able to cope with not getting your own way or being disappointed.
Emerald power at home: When they are told they can’t do something or can’t have something or being told to tidy their room, they able to control the ‘it’s not fair’ attitude.
Sapphire – Keeping focused and staying in control of the monster distractions, only focusing on what is important.
Sapphire power at home: Focusing and finishing one task at a time, for example, homework or tidying up.
Diamond – Being able to notice a problem and thinking of ways to solve it.
Diamond power at home: Picking something up rather than stepping over it, cutting up their own dinner (even if it is a struggle) or tidying their bedroom without being asked.
‘Children with a healthy mind have the best defence against life’s challenges’
Data Collection Sheets
On Monday, children will bring home envelopes containing Data Collection Sheets - these sheets contain the key information we hold about you and your child - please take some time to check that the details are correct, making any amendments necessary and returning the forms to the school office by Friday 2nd February.