COMPLEX BEHAVIOUR : Simple Interventions for the classroom
A one-day workshop unpacking the neuroscience around complex behaviour.
Across Aotearoa, there are a growing number of children who display increasingly complex behaviours. This can get overwhelming for those working in any profession where there is interaction with children and youth. Within schools, the issue is amplified due to the amount of contact time you have. This means those of you working in schools can have an increased impact, but conversely, you can feel more overwhelmed. For some of our children, they have such complex needs, it is incredibly difficult to know where to begin…This one-day workshop will begin by unpacking the neuroscience of trauma.
LEARNERSHIP-James Anderson 2023
Learnership is the skill of learning. It represents how students engage in the learning process. Like all skills it is developed over time through the deliberate use of practice and dedicated strategies. It results in the learning gaining more from every learning opportunity. Learnership describes how well a learner engages with 5 key elements of learning: Challenge. Habits of Mind. Mistakes. Feedback, and Effort. Based on a learners relationship with these elements, we identify six different types of learners.
In this flagship full day workshop, James Anderson will cover the key elements to understanding and developing Learnership in your students. You’ll learn how to help your students become comfortable with this discomfort of challenge, how to develop their Habits of Mind, understand and use the six different types of mistakes effectively, and to tailor their feedback. You’ll be introduced to the Learnership Diagnostic Tool that allows you to accurately measure how skilfully your students engage with learning, and design next steps to improve that!
LEARNER AGENCY – a practical school based approach -James Anderson
Learner Agency is fast becoming the latest educational buzzword. It is appearing in educational policy documents around the world, including the New Zealand Key Competencies.
But what is “Learner Agency”? Why should school leaders care? How do we support teachers to increase Learner Agency in students, and what tools can we use to guide and measure the impact of our work?
It is important for school leaders to understand that agency is not something we can simply give to students. Learner Agency is a capability that needs to be developed by, and within, the learner. Ultimately, learners must carry and continually build their agency throughout their life. And in order to do that, we need a clear school based definition and a set of practical tools and strategies to enable teachers to work meaningfully with these ideas.
ANXIETY & RESILIENCE – Kathryn Berkett
This workshop will unpack the biological and neurological basis of anxiety, how it impacts our thinking and behaviour. Then, we will unpack what it looks like to increase resilience. The fantastic news is that you create resilient-building moments in your classrooms all the time. You just may not be aware of what magic you are doing.
This training will inform you about working to build resilience in those you influence, therefore reducing the impact of anxiety. It will also help you understand yourself a little bit more, always a bonus! Come along and be informed.
TRAUMA – DEEP DIVE Kathryn Berkett
This workshop will cover some of the more technical areas of intergenerational trauma and what this can mean for our ongoing sense of safety and engagement. We will talk about how trauma can be transmitted through generations, genetically and environmentally. We will understand the impact that can occur for our babies in-utero and what that means for learning and behaviour throughout life.
If we want to move forward in a way that is more biologically responsive, and effect true change, we need to understand the full impact trauma can have. This session will be useful for those who support anyone who has experienced high levels of trauma in their lives, especially those who have lived intergenerationally through trauma.
Getting Personal with Inquiry Learning – Kath Murdoch
A workshop for teachers who want to take inquiry further and who believe in the power of personal passions! (NE-year 8)
There has been growing interest in ‘personalised learning’ for many years now. Increasingly, schools are making arrangements to provide more opportunities for learners to learn to be self-directed and to have their needs and interests met through the curriculum. An inquiry-based approach is an approach that recognizes the importance of learner voice and choice and of linking new learning to the existing knowledge, experiences and interests of the learner. When we provide opportunities for learners to inquire into things that are personally meaningful to them, we also have a unique opportunity for authentic integration of learning areas AND for the development and application of transdisciplinary skills and dispositions.
ADOLESCENCE – Kathryn Berkett
Adolescence is a period of development from dependent child to protective parent. There are so many changes and ‘upgrades’ that need to happen during this time. This workshop will work through what is happening, the reason for it, and how this can impact behaviour and mental health.
Once we understand that this transition changes how the brain perceives, processes and manages incoming information, we will become more informed around why we are seeing the behaviours we often see in adolescence.
Through understanding what is going on, we can become more forgiving and supportive, two factors that will significantly improve the transition for them
You will learn enough to take back specific strategies to your schools. These strategies may even be helpful in your own whanau (and even for ourselves…)