Podcast series: Tips for teachers
Episode one: Communication; connection; care. Building Foundations for positive relationships
Feeling like we are failing at building relationships with the children in our classroom can be an emotionally exhausting experience. Building strong, positive and empathetic relationships with them is the bedrock to allowing children to thrive both academically as an individuals. However, as teachers often tell us at Jamie’s Farm , they don’t feel particularly supported in doing this and most cannot recall a session on how to build relationships with kids. We have all met children where our natural reserves of energy, sense of humour and patience are no match. This can often make us feel powerless and frustrated- sometimes even blaming the child rather than our own limitations. For many it is likely that COVID has exacerbated this.
We want to help empower these teachers with practical strategies that will help them reengage with some of the toughest kids they might meet in their classroom.
This first podcast of the series of four explores strategies for underpinning positive relationships and what kinds of communication build a safe and happy culture in which children can thrive .
In the following podcast I will engage with teachers to help build better relationships and understanding of how to help the children who is obstructive and challenging , unpicking some of the dynamics that feed those behaviours and strategies to create the possibilities of change .
The third will explore the child who is hard to engage and withdrawn and how we can help this child feel safe enough to emerge from their shell and begin to flourish .
Finally we will focus on the child who challenges our patience, the clown , the class jester and examine what motivates this performance and how we allow the child develop more authenticity and appetite for learning .
Supporting this series is the book Creating Change for Vulnerable Teens, an engaging narrative giving descriptions of the challenges of Adolescence as a stage of development , the way the teenage brain works, how Flight Fight and Freeze can lead to adaptive behaviours that we meet in our relationships , and strategies for communication.