The start of term started with a training day… The introduction to the course was
Every child's circumstance is different and in certain circumstances can be tragic so we need to create an environment, with parents and children, that is positive and conducive to learning.
The course however moved on to being more about the teacher and handling stress and personal difficulties.
This blog is more note form rather than true “blogging style” but I hope you find it interesting!
One of the first things I picked up on was…
“What matters most is how you see yourself…”
I like to think I take life in its stride and I let go of things that I don't have control over and do what I feel is best for things I can control.
There was a big part about the need to build resilience. One thing I liked, but a, not sure how easy it is to implement is the Sumo method:
sumo=shut up & move on.
We had a discussion about self esteem and what it is. What do you think? I thought it was debatable but it is affected by feelings, attitudes and states of being.
Someone's self esteem will change through different contexts, it's a difficult concept.
Apparently there are 10 types of negative thinking. My most noted ones were over generalising & mistaking feelings for facts – I f eel therefore I am.
People don't like “being done to”, you'd rather be involved with all decisions. Same is true for children and teachers.
We had a chat about good and bad listeners…
This one perhaps makes more interesting reading though…
This was how our group prioritised listening skills:
Throw away comments can have a big impact on you. I think this is hugely underestimated. A real down beater:
Child: I can see the whole world from here!!
Parent: No, actually you can only see a little bit of Stroud.
Dealing with conflict is very difficult…one thing I always found useful was something I was taught in my retail training during my student days: if you have bad news to deliver, always start with good news, then deliver bad news and finish off with a developing piece of good news!
To help children develop positive psychology you could implement at the end of the school day a box…children need to write 2 things that have gone well and one thing that could have gone better (if there is one!)
5 ways to well being…this is what I need to do: do something in my community!