Improving Wellbeing- For Teachers and Students (Christchurch)presented by Graham Watts
Improving Wellbeing- Finding focus and calm, managing stress and anxietyTeaching and learning in schools involves increased levels of stress, anxiety, rising expectations and uncertainties. More children and young people than ever in the NZ are being medicated for stress and depression, incidences of self-harming are increasing, more children are being referred to mental health services and suicide rates amongst older-teens are getting worse, not better. It’s time to change from interventions when things have gone wrong to preventing mental health crises by taking wellbeing seriously.
This one-day workshop addresses these problems through instruction in mindfulness techniques that help to quiet the mind, to improve focus and to enjoy being in the present. Using research based strategies, participants will learn how to better manage their emotions, how to overcome emotional flooding, how to calm the mind to relax and sleep, how to choose attitudes and create a positive, optimistic school. These mindfulness techniques can be used with adults and students in school, at home, in the car, in a traffic jam, on holiday or when trying to find calmness.What’s in it for teachers: Mindfulness for Teachers. Teaching is a stressful job and those stresses are unlikely to diminish. How can teachers learn to manage emotions such as stress and anxiety? How can teachers create a positive learning environment in their classroom? How can teachers become resilient to the pace of change in the profession and flourish, not flounder, in the face of rising expectations? During this workshop, teachers will practise mindfulness techniques for use in their own lives, learn to understand and survive the stresses and pressures of the job and consider how they can work with colleagues to create a culture of wellbeing amongst staff.What’s in it for students: Mindfulness for Children and Teenagers. Students at both primary and secondary school face an unknown future in an uncertain world. The expectations of success are increasing while the certainties of future employment and adult life in a global economy are diminishing. As well as academic success, we need to equip students of all ages with techniques to manage stress and pressures, to help them choose optimism, empathy and happiness and to be compassionate citizens of the classroom, school and global community.
Aim: to develop a shared understanding of the value of wellbeing for adults and students in a school and to practice strategies for implementation at schoolObjectives:To define wellbeing in a school contextTo explore the value of wellbeing for students and teachersTo practice mindfulness practices for focus and relaxationTo practice optimism, empathy, gratitude, happiness and compassionSession 1: How neuroscience helps us understand how we think, feel and behave and how mindfulness empowers us to change these.Session 2: Mindfulness practices to find focus and calm and strategies to relax and de-stress.Session 3: How positive psychology teaches us to choose our attitudes and perspectivesSession 4: How to create a positive classroom, staffroom and school.
“The successful of the future will be those who can lead change, be resilient in the face of challenge and who have compassion for themselves, others and the world we share.” Graham Watts
We know the most effective professional development occurs when it is:1.Extended over months, not day2.Job-embedded, so you get to apply in your own school with your own student3.Collaborative, sharing with and learning from your colleagues (Killion, 2017) As part of Graham Watts’ work with schools to develop wellbeing, schools can extend their PD across the full school year. For an additional $1995+GST : 3 x Coaching conversations via Skype in Terms 2, 3 & 4.Coaching is one of the most effective ways of supporting the implementation of professional development. These coaching conversations will follow the Cognitive Coaching model that is designed to support educators with professional growth and programme implementation. Typically, these coaching conversations will be between Graham, who is a qualified Cognitive Coach, and the person in the school who is leading the wellbeing programme and who is responsible for implementation and progress.