Mark Le Messurier, New Year 2019, educator workshop 10 of 12
Ideas to nurture emotional awareness and resilience in children of all ages (2 hours)
How times have changed. Not so long ago a workshop with this title would not have existed in schools. Students were simply expected to learn the academics. Ideas, discussions and activities around emotional awareness; emotional intelligence, identity, the selves, and developing resilience, perspectives and perseverance – well, it didn't exist in schools. Today, it has come of age and the benefit that this world of education brings to young people is positively life-giving and life-changing. We commit to teaching emotional awareness because we know it can be taught, nurtured and improved. It's a learned capacity - or a mindset - that is built over time. Emotional awareness sets a significant foundation for the growth of human beings.
On the one hand, we know young human beings do best when they feel engaged, supported, attached and capable. Then, on the other, there is a mandated expectation on us in today's educational climate, to play a very strategic role to build emotionally healthy children in our care.
The intention of this session is to bring together an optimistic collection of ideas to assist all young people to become more aware of their emotions. This includes being able to recognise feelings within, and within others, so differences can be resolved more empathically. The earlier we teach children to recognise their feelings, give them a name, and teach them how to self-regulate them, the better they will be able to navigate and communicate their emotional needs. The premise here is that the more skilled we become at interpreting our own feelings, the emotions of others, and responding aptly, the better we'll become at understanding who we are, what we stand for, why we do the things we do.
Progressively, we help young people look inwards, and grow. The final step is to move on to higher levels of thinking; identifying and understanding our own needs, beliefs, values, feelings, failings, habits and everything else makes us who we are. These are the bigger questions that nudge towards; "What is the meaning of life!" and "Who are you?"
Educator workshops are intended for staff working in schools, for clinicians such as counsellors, psychologists, OT's, speech pathologists, social workers and youth workers working in private practice and for parents running home school. To arrange a workshop at a time that suits your staff, simply contact Mark:
Mark Le Messurier
Phone (08) 83320698,