The Resilient Classroom

The Reason.

Teachers are facing extraordinary challenges in today’s educational systems. There is now no such thing as an “average” learner, and teachers are expected to manage larger class sizes of complex social, emotional and learning challenges. In the helping professions (therapists, counsellors and social workers), teachers are often referred to as “the front line” in dealing with society’s biggest challenges.

The Resilient Classroom is a series of 1/2 day workshops and resources designed to provide teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to not only manage this new reality, but to build classrooms where children of all abilities can grow and thrive.

How it works.

These workshops are designed to be delivered in series. Do you need all three? We think so, but that’s up to you. Ideally, the first two workshops are done in quick succession (either the same day or a week or two apart), with the final workshop done about a month later. You can certainly book us in for Resiliency 101 and then decide if the other two workshops are going to be useful for your group. Of course, you get more “bang for your buck” by booking all three up front.

How much are they?

Booked separately, the workshops are 450$ for up to 15 participants (only 30$/person). Additional participants are 20$/each, to a maximum of 30.

Booked together, the three workshops are 995$ for up to 15 people, with additional participants paying 15$/workshop.

The Workshops

Understanding Resiliency (Resiliency 101)

The first workshop in the “Resilient Classroom” series is designed to provide teachers and educational professionals with a thorough understanding of what fosters, and alternately what inhibits, the creation of resilient students. The workshop is designed to provide a basic framework of what resiliency is, and serves as a platform of knowledge for the next two workshops, where we set out to intentionally build resiliency into the daily classroom.

A few questions that are answered in this workshop include;

  1. What the heck is resiliency? And why should I care?
  2. How does current child development and brain research fit into the resiliency model?
  3. What does it look like when resiliency isn’t present in a student?
  4. What’s the #1 factor affecting a child’s resiliency?
  5. What’s the greatest disruption to a student developing resiliency?
  6. How can I take this material back to my classroom and practically apply it?

From Here to There (Resiliency 201)

The first objective of this workshop is to determine where “there” is. Is it a classroom where every learner thrives, regardless of academic ability? Where students treat themselves, each other, and their teacher with respect? Where bullying is conspicuously absent? Where a student’s social and emotional needs are tackled head on, and dealt with in a way that doesn’t disrupt the learning environment?

[blockquote align=”center”]If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will do.[/blockquote]

The Zig Ziglar quote above is the reason for this workshop. How many times have you left a workshop, PD session or conference with the grand intention of implementing some new insight? It’s great to learn about what makes a resilient student…but it’s way better to sit down with other professionals and figure out how to make it happen.

Side effects of this workshop include (but aren’t limited to):

  • A very practical, hands on guide to small changes in the classroom that have BIG impacts
  • An easy to apply framework for identifying where the gaps in resiliency are for your students
  • Very specific (and user-friendly) conflict resolution tools
  • A new found sense of confidence that you can find solutions to your toughest classroom challenge

Are we there yet? (Resiliency 301)

The final workshop in the Resilient Classroom series is “Are we there yet?”. Not only is it too common for educators to leave workshops without a specific and realistic plan to implement the material, but the frequency with which new learning is followed up on is downright dismal. In this workshop we take a look at what was implemented from the first two workshops, and assess how effectively we met our goals. Are your learner’s thriving? What kinds of challenges are you facing?

Specifically, we focus on:

  • Troubleshooting specific problems teachers are experiencing
  • Adapting previously covered material to unique and practical situations
  • Extending the discussion on creating a resilient classroom, to how can we create resilient schools?
  • Identifying areas where further support is needed.

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