Understanding Emotions - Bounce Forward

Understanding Emotions

Practical tips to boost your student’s positive emotions

Some children and teenagers have enjoyed being off school, while others will have really struggled – do you know which of your students fall into which category?

Others may be coming to terms with family problems, loss or changes to their living situation – can you identify these kids in your class?

Pre Covid, around 1 in 8 children and young people experience behavioural or emotional problems growing up. So what does that figure look like now in lockdown and constant uncertainty?

The first step is to understand whom is potentially struggling and how they feel now, next week, after half-term etc. Then you can support them emotionally, help them cope with problems they face and boost their positive emotions.

We know that teachers don’t have much free time outside of teaching the curriculum and yet mental health is so important to help children be in a healthy frame of mind to learn. So, we have created some very quick to use tools that can be part of everyday activity. They are;

    • Quick to use
    • Designed as an activity in class or form time
    • Delivers results

Complete the form on the right for you free activity sheets

At Bounce Forward we want to help support young people, and the adults around them, to develop resilience in a way that will help them learn and grow from setbacks and so they make the most of opportunities. We can do that through good quality teaching and learning. We have spent more than a decade looking to the research to understand what resilience is, and how we can build it. There are four core principles to our work:

  • Resilience is not just about overcoming setbacks it’s also about making the most of opportunities and thriving
  • We base our approach and training on solid research, theory and evidence
  • We teach skills and strategies that work in the real world
  • The adults matter: their role is vital in helping children and young people be resilient and thrive

Our passion is to see resilience taught as part of core education alongside academic subjects. It is essential that we start as early as possible, understanding ‘self’ and building compassion and empathy for others. We need flexible and realistic thinkers in the world, people open and curious to different perspectives.

“Education of the head without education of the heart is no education at all.” Aristotle

Additional Information   

  • About the author 

    Lucy Bailey is Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Bounce Forward. She is proud of her beginnings as a youth worker and her 17 years of experience of working in, developing, reforming and managing children’s services, prior to starting Bounce Forward. Over the last twelve years Lucy has focused on education and has been instrumental in embedding resilience curricular in schools and services across the UK. Her passion is to drive a movement to influence UK policy around education to form a positive system of change. Lucy directed the Healthy Minds research project, has an MSc in Practice Based Research, a BSc in Social Policy and Criminology, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education.

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” (Marie Curie)