A group of small children aged 7, enjoying practical science in a woodland area beside their school. They have all the scientific and natural resources to explore real life biology in the environment. The teacher facilitates and then steps back to watch their progress, as one by one they are utterly transfixed by a teeming zoo of mini beasts. They carefully gather their species and prepare to observe habitats and to classify their lively creatures, lying on their tummies, deep in the undergrowth.
Except for one child.
He is red in the face from his exertion. He chose a slug to examine. However, the slug cannot be transferred to his jar via the straw – like pipe. (Nor can it be properly pooted into a science jar). Using his own initiative, he literally pushes the bewildered slug millimetre by millimetre, inside the corset- tight tube. If a slug had feelings, it would be fairly distraught by now!
What happens next?
Do you intervene and save the slug? Do you mark this small child’s biology test score as a fail or credit him with an ‘emerging knowledge’ score? Do you admire his tenacity for learning and discovery?
This was a child I taught some time ago. His test scores were indeed emerging and far behind his peers at that time. Yet as teachers and educators we see potential way beyond the clip board curriculum of failure or success.
Every student brings a uniqueness to our classroom. Every teacher knows this intrinsically. We create learning environments where students want to learn. We gather ideas and blend them, adding the qualities we see in a student when they doubt themselves. Educators, pouring in those ingredients that will allow a child or student to feel they can do anything. And yet we often forget this for ourselves. Who shines a light for us when we doubt our teaching? Who supports our resiliency in teaching?
This course is designed to enable us to understand how we can respond to everyday teaching and life. How we have our own inner guidance and wisdom to help us to see and understand how innate resilience is always present and so is our natural joy in teaching.
PS The inquisitive young boy is now a marine biologist.
$550/certificate program (all 4 courses)
This course is worth 1.5 ILUs.
Anni Poole, BA Hons
Has over two decades of leadership experience as a principal within the primary with nursery sector (K1-K6). Anni’s passion for education and for the well-being of children and youth has been her driver for 40 years in schools across Lancashire and Greater Manchester, UK. In 2013, Anni trained internationally in this understanding, the Three Principles. She sees it as having an amazing impact on her life, and has recently created a coaching program for 3-11 year olds, ARC (Amazing Resilient Children).