We thoroughly enjoyed our evening workshop in Hawera on March 9th, and were thrilled with the turn out that we had. Between us all we worked with students from ECE through to High School age, and it was really nice to hear their ideas and experiences as well as being able to share useful behaviour management strategies with them.
One of the elements of behaviour management that we explored was the art of communication. The participants decided that it would look like, sound like and feel like this:
We asked the workshop participants how they communicate with the parents of children in their class, and they enthusiastically shared their thoughts.
We felt it was also important to recognise a listener! There was an interesting discussion about eye contact, culturally different interpretations of that, and the fact that processing information causes an involuntary shift of eye focus even though listening is maintained. Here is a summary of their ideas about listeners:
We’d like to thank the South Taranaki branch of NZEI for hosting the workshop, and providing such a great opportunity for their members.