As usual there was an intense amount of work left to cover and no time factored in to create connection.
People say, ‘Jane how do you know what to do, what’s it like walking into a class you have never met and teaching them, do they mess about?’
A handwritten 2 page letter was left on the desk informing me of the 12 most troublesome children including: ‘f has ADHD, x, y and z are trying to be the alpha males, s is sooo lazy really stamp on him, t is aggressive, l calls out all the time, s daydreams. ‘I’ want to know all the details, please leave as much feedback as possible’
The simple exchange of a smile, taking an interest in a book a pupil has on their desk, or noticing their pencilcase design, can make the difference between a successful or exhausting supply cover day.
Alongside the endless writing abd back to back lessons I weaved in 5 minutes of my ‘Community Circle’. A circle of connection, which positively transforms the energy in any classroom. Not just for schools.
In these circles we celebrate our uniqueness and wholeness, get present to eachothers’ stories and develop a flourishing community and culture.
Take care when casting words and spells as they can stick and hurt. U get my drift?
Boosting Resilience. Resourcefulness and Real World Thinking