Getting back to school: Behaviour for learning in the new normal

Getting back to school: Behaviour for learning in the new normal

Adjusting back into the school life in September will be both a challenge but also an opportunity for school staff to revise and review teaching and learning practices and procedures due to the recent events.

There will be uncertainty and anxiety amongst students and parents but also for staff in terms of how to support learning, behaviour and socialisation issues in the new normal.

Schools will need to be structured in terms of some of the new safety implications but also flexible as issues may change in response to the situation. Even as I write today there is talk of the 2m distance rule being reduced to 1m which would have significant implications for class sizes and structure. However who can say that even if this happens it may change back again to 2m in the future which will mean having a plan A, B and C.

Students will need to get back into the habits and rituals and routines of school. Both they and staff will be a little ring rusty after months of virtual teaching and learning practices.

There will need to be new guidelines on respiratory and tactile hygiene, planning for social distancing during breaks and lunchtime and in corridors on the way to and from class.

It will take time to adjust, but it can be done and to help in the process I have designed a training programme for schools called it the SF3R approach.

S stands for Structure as staff will need to teach not just their subject material but how the students will need to adhere to the new safety rules rituals and routines. F is for Flexibility which will complement the non –negotiables by providing innovative learning techniques and strategies for both traditional and neurodiverse learners.

The 3Rs are Rapport, Relationships and Resilience which will be vital in creating a positive and productive school community.

Every school is different and will a unique rhythm and pace in which learning, behaviour and socialisation take place. As a result SF3R will be adapted to deliver specific messages and suggestions from the school leadership to be implemented by staff to their students.

September will indeed bring challenges but with planning and preparation everything is possible and really good news is that teachers and students will be able to see each other again and interact in the medium that learning takes place best…………. live.

Fin 11/6/20

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Getting back to School: Behaviour for learning in the new normal through the SF3R approach
This presentation will outline the SF3R approach as a behaviour for learning model in order to prepare and support the transition back into the school community.

The key areas to be outlined.

  • Behaviour for learning in the new normal: Both for students and teachers the last few months has generated many issues in terms of anxiety and uncertainty and we need to firstly address this fundamentally across the school community
  • Structure in terms of re-establishing boundaries and expectations: Getting back into live schooling within the current restrictions will require a revision of rules, routines and rituals in terms of safety and security for both classroom and non-structured time.
  • Flexibility in terms of supporting mood and motivation: This presentation will outline how mood and motivation will be vital in providing creative approaches in teaching and learning for both traditional and non-traditional learners
  • Rapport in terms of effective and proactive communication: We will outline how achieving and maintaining trust can be achieved through assertive and empathetic language for learning.
  • Relationships in terms of the school as a whole community: Monitoring and supporting positive interactions between peers and working in partnership with parents will be the foundation on which the school community will thrive.
  • Resilience in terms of supporting staff and students: Supporting the wellbeing of students and identifying and managing risk will be vital in developing self-esteem and reducing anxiety.

THIS BESPOKE PRESENTATION CAN BE DELIVERED AND REPEATED IN A LIVE FORMAT ACROSS THE SCHOOL DAY FOR GROUPS OF STAFF OR IN A LIVE OR PRE-RECORDED VIRTUAL FORMAT WITH LIVE Q/A ON THE DAY OR AT ANOTHER PRE-ARRANGED TIME.