“taking care of those that take care of others”
New and Creative Perspectives on Working with Challenges in the Classroom and in the Wider School Context.
Developing awareness, new habits and techniques for positive relationships.
In this INSET aimed at all school staff, our central ethos focuses on the development and maintenance of strategies for self-awareness to employ when faced with challenging situations. Through non-judgemental dialogue/discussion and acknowledgement of the momentous task teachers (and all school staff) have; we aim to create a supportive and enjoyable environment to examine the frustrations of difficult encounters with pupils. It is our belief that if staff can strengthen their inner resources, they will be better equipped to generate shifts in difficult relationships and find fresh approaches to the challenges they face at work and beyond each day.
What the workshops might look like/include.
We tailor workshops to the specific needs and requirements of each school, but a basic outline is as follows: This has been successfully run for a whole-staff Inset or can run be for smaller groups of staff.
Workshops are usually 3 hours long and begin with a brief introduction and time to identify objectives of facilitators and participants.
The workshop takes the form of structured group discussion, presentations from the facilitators and experiential learning in the form of games and exercises tailored to bring out transferable skills. (Read more…)
Common topics/themes for discussion
• Discussion and experiential work around common classroom struggles and helpful/unhelpful ways of coping with them
• Learning our own ”triggers”
• Developing coping strategies and shared supportive techniques
• Dispelling myths and “monsters” – why does a child behave aggressively/undesirably? What are they communicating?
• Learning our own limits (finding compassion for ourselves and hopefully for others!)
Attachment theory and Counter Transference We will explore at a very basic level a therapeutic dynamic that is commonplace in every classroom and in fact present in every relationship/encounter we have daily. Counter transference. We will unpick the implications of pupils projecting outside familial relationships onto you as a teacher and share ideas of supportive ways to promote positive relationships and lines of communication between staff and children.
When a pupil is “acting out”, there is probably a lot more going on than what is being presented in the here and now. Having this awareness can afford a person to step back, consider a particular struggle and relate in a sensitive less reactive/defensive manner. This response alone can bring about a shift emotionally, academically and physically for a young person who is trapped in a pattern of pushing people’s buttons and expecting the same negative reaction.
We will explore the notion of Dynamics within challenging situations and ongoing difficulties between staff and pupils. We will explore what is at play and offer suggestions for shifting and transforming unhelpful patterns of behaviour and relationships.
Techniques for Awareness.
We offer simple techniques throughout the workshop for participants to take away and practice in order to develop their resilience and self-awareness in daily life and in challenging situations
The power of play.
The next part of our session focuses on the power of laughter, play and creativity, and it’s positive contribution to staff wellbeing. Huge amounts of laughter and fun for staff with a positive outcome!
Studies have shown that when a child sees their teacher in various roles other than that of teacher/pupil it can bring about a closer more fruitful relationship. Taking into consideration the time constraints in a teacher’s schedule and mindful not to add more to this, we offer realistic suggestions of games drama exercises and ideas around emotional boundaries and safety which can contribute to a happy and trusting classroom.
We offer these games as a means of letting off steam for staff, in order to support their wellbeing and help them to feel refreshed, which in turn carries out into the wider school environment.
Each activity or presentation is followed by discussion in order to consolidate learning and maximise absorption of information.
Facilitation of this school staff Inset is highly professional whilst maintaining a friendly, approachable and personable style for participants to feel at ease and able to share with confidence.