Wellbeing is key to successful classroom outcomes. This foundational workshop for teachers examines wellbeing from the perspectives of neuroscience, relationships and mindfulness to show how these can inform quality teaching. Drawing upon research and practical experience, participants will learn effective strategies and tools that can be applied in the classroom to improve learning outcomes and promote wellbeing for both students and teachers.

The workshop

Teachers have been influencing the development of young people since the inception of the classroom. Strong individual and interpersonal dynamics operate throughout the learning day and influence who learns what, when and how. In this workshop, participants learn to unpack and positively influence these dynamics to gain the wellbeing edge: improved student academic performance and reduced teacher stress.

This workshop covers:

  • the neurobiology of school and classroom safety

  • ways of improving the attentional capacity of students

  • understanding how memory functions and can be improved

  • how classroom and professional relationships form the basis of teacher and student performance

  • how attachment theory interacts with professional teacher identity

  • shifting focus from improving weakness to expanding strengths

  • an introduction to mindfulness as a way the brain and mind can collaborate - this will include an overview of resources and introductory training that schools can access to develop mindfulness as a school wide approach.

Whole school training

The Wellbeing Edge in the Classroom can be provided to whole schools by arrangement. For whole school training the workshop will include two hours of follow up consultation with the school leadership team to support the implementation of practices across the school.

The research

This course draws upon three broad areas that can powerfully inform and improve classroom practice: neuroscience; relationships and attachment; and mindfulness.

Neuroscience

A working knowledge of brain function helps us to understand and respond to, at times, puzzling student behaviour; as well as generally improving teaching practice and student performance. In this workshop we will examine the complexity and messiness of the teaching and learning environment, and the developments in neuroscience which help to create a safe and positive classroom. For participants who already have some working knowledge of neuroscience there will be some additional and surprising insights into how our understanding in this area can improve student engagement.

Relationships

Extensive research over many decades indicates that, from the first moments of life, humans learn best in the context of safe and loving relationships. During the workshop we will examine the research on human connections so that teachers can see how to apply it in classrooms and among school staff. We unpack how an emphasis on noticing and building personal and student strengths can lead to greater personal and student success. For participants who already have some knowledge of attachment theory this workshop provides an in depth look at how the theory applies to teaching, teacher professional identity and practical ways of applying this knowledge to build positive relationships with students.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is both an ancient and contemporary practice where the mind and brain collaborate to be optimally present in the current moment.  Mindfulness is a powerful tool to create states of focus and wellbeing, and strengthen mental and emotional resilience. In this experiential workshop participants will be introduced to the practice of mindfulness and learn about mindfulness resources for personal development and classroom application.