I?ve always had a thirst for nurturing the soul and those of others. I would give anything a go if it meant I could develop myself in some way or another. That was very much the thread of my childhood. Self-discovery was very much the reason for taking a break from education. Travelling the world was on my agenda. Such beautiful diversity.
Upon my return I studied a degree in education with a focus in pastoral care, philosophy and meta-cognition. Bringing this into my teaching was invaluable to the young minds that I had the pleasure in teaching.
But it wasn?t until 11 years into my career that things took a change in my whole world. A dear friend took her own life. Unbeknown to anyone, she suffered in silence with her mental health. This rocked the very depths of my world. I struggled to detach from this in order to get on with life and I became critically aware of my role as a mother, as a wife and as a teacher. If this tragic event can happen to someone who was deemed so very strong, happy and content then, who else is masking how they are truly feeling? Who else is trying to cope with their daily lives?
I also felt a burning guilt; as a teacher, was I adding to the children?s stress, their need to be validated and a pressure to succeed? Was I fundamentally supporting their emotional and mental wellbeing?
Upon a lengthy reflection, I very much felt the answer was a big, juicy no. This was largely due to unrealistic educational expectations and targets for most, and, institutionalised behavioural conditioning which, was all down to the very structure and fabric of our education system. I had realised that I had gotten somewhat lost and was in a system that I very much did not agree with.
The next significant moment was a moment of synchronicity. I met a Tai Chi master who came to teach my class. We all embraced this lovely, new experience. It was then I realised the possibilities of Tai Chi and how it could tick all my boxes in relation to supporting children?s social, emotional, mental and personal wellbeing.
I am now a qualified Chi for Children, Qigong and Mindfulness instructor. I no longer teach as a class teacher but am on a journey of empowering young children to think and feel great through interactive, physical sessions to support their social. emotional, mental and personal wellbeing. Reaching out to schools across Somerset and Bath and North-East Somerset.
My programme is drawn from Tai Chi, Qigong, Mindfulness and meditation practices. I teach and train school staff across England. I also support schools on their journey to creating outstanding, empowering environments for children and staff.
Not only equipping children with life skills but supporting the wellness of staff within educational settings too.
So, this is where I want to be; making a difference, an empowering difference to young lives; to our next Generation. Generation Be.
I am Min Robertson and I’m the founder of Generation Be
I am a qualified teacher with 14 years experience in the Primary Phase. My experience highlighted the prevalence of mental health conditions including high levels of stressand anxiety within schools.
I created Generation Be 2 years ago the alleviate these issues throughout the whole school environment: from teacher, to class, to child to family.
Looking beyond the traditional holistic approach to learning, Generation Be goes one step further by approaching the wider aspects of pastoral care and encompassing the mental health epidemic.
Generation Be focuses on mental health and emotional literacy in order to regulate learners’ behaviours and attitudes for positive mental wellbeing.
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We use these techniques to make empowering environments through focused, individual programmes of creative movement and mindfulness experiences, to suit the needs and objectives of the school, which result in sustainable tools that can be adopted throughout their daily lives.
We strive to help children identify, understand and manage their feelings and life situations for long-term health benefits.
We equip our students with the knowledge and tools to make positive mental choices thus enabling them to become the best version of themselves.
We promote calmness of mind and complete wellbeing to maximise learning and life for both teaching staff and students.