Best kids motivational books: Quotes, poems and educational guides

From fears about coronavirus to not being able to go to school for months on end, 2020 has been a difficult year for children.

Parents and carers of children aged four to 10 told the Co-SPACE study that they’d seen increases in youngsters’ emotional difficulties during lockdown, including feeling unhappy, worried, and clingy.

Those with children at secondary school reported a reduction in their emotional difficulties but an increase in their feelings of restlessness and difficulties in concentrating.

It probably isn’t surprising that the number of motivational books designed to boost children’s wellbeing and help, motivate and inspire them is growing.

From titles by well-known names like Matthew Syed and Chris Hoy to guides by psychotherapists, teachers and specialists, there’s a wealth of guidance and advice for children – and lots of fun activities too.

We’ve taken a look at some of the most inspiring self-help guides for children published

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Miami’s department of teacher education guides student teachers and those now leading their own classrooms through unprecedented times


By Margo Kissell, university news and communications

As Miami University resumes in-person classes this week, faculty and students are shifting gears — just as they did six months ago when the COVID-19 pandemic unexpectedly forced everyone to move online.Brian Schultz

Brian Schultz

Brian Schultz, professor and chair of teacher education in the College of Education, Health and Society, (EHS) said his faculty are well-prepared in terms of their deep understanding of curriculum and pedagogy, so changing course is something they do well. But, he added, it isn’t easy.

Over the past six months, they have leveraged resources provided through Miami’s Center for Teaching Excellence, Office of eLearning and the Howe Center for Writing Excellence.

“Others have drawn from their own experiences developing online curriculum and pedagogy — many faculty have gone through significant professional development in this area,” he said.

“Perhaps most gratifying is seeing the faculty lean on each others’

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