SEMINARS FOR TEACHERS 2016
Phone 071-9152653 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The following seminars are available for primary and secondary teachers for 2016. All are of two hours duration and can be delivered as part of Croke Park hours or as part of an in-service day. For enquiries principals or deputy principals should contact me at 071-9152653. Availability restricted to schools in the north-east, the west, County Dublin, the midlands and Northern Ireland.
For a list of some of the schools that Shane has visited please click on the following link SCHOOLS LIST
1. Your Precious Life – How to Live it Well: In recent decades psychology has focused on what makes people happier, what gives them more meaning and purpose in life and what keeps them mentally strong. This seminar will outline ten evidence-based strategies linked to embracing a better quality of life. The hope is that it will uplift and inspire change in the lives of those who attend but even more importantly inspire them to incorporate it into their homes, workplaces and communities. (currently the most popularly requested and received seminar -delivered to hundreds of schools nationwide)
2. The Science of Bouncibility – How to build resilience within ourselves: In recent decades psychologists have investigated the crucial area of resilience. Resilience is about achieving good outcomes despite the challenges that we face in life. All of us have an innate ability to cope much better than we think when under pressure. By focusing attention on the people who adapted or bounced back quickly, despite facing significant life challenges, science has learned what likes at the heart of this ‘bouncility’. This seminar will outline ten evidenced-based strategies linked to grater resilience.
Uprooting The Roots Of Unhelpful Stress: Often faulty thinking mechanisms and unhelpful belief systems make us more stressed than we need to be. We should work at becoming more rational in our approach to students, parents and management. By being more neutral, objective and fair-minded we find that we are less impacted by stress and enjoy our work and life better. This seminar will teach us strategies to protect and help us manage stress better. (Delivered to hundreds of schools nationwide over the years)
BRAND NEW FOR 2016: Cultivating A Compassionate School: Over the centuries many spiritual traditions have highlighted the importance of compassion for our well-being. However, it’s only in recent years that psychology has discovered how compassion exerts it beneficial effects on people. By cultivating it within schools students will have a more positive experience of learning and teachers will sense greater meaning in their roles. The seminar looks at the science of compassion, its application to self and others and ways of applying it more within the context of school life.
BRAND NEW FOR 2016 Defying the Odds – How to foster resilience in children: In recent decades psychologists have investigated the crucial area of resilience. Resilience is about achieving good outcomes despite the challenges faced. All children have an innate ability to achieve success despite the disadvantages or adversity that they experience. School can make an enormous contribution in helping students achieve their true potential. According to science resilience is commonly found and typically arises from the operation of normal rather than extraordinary human capabilities, relationships, and resources. The seminar will highlight strategies/initiatives that will foster resilience in staff and students.
BRAND NEW FOR 2016 Engaged learning – How to switch students back on again: Teachers often observe that students have limitless curiosity and thirst for knowledge as they enter school. However a few years later, those same children lose all initiative and interest in their work. Often their minds are wandering and attention straying. Student motivation becomes a problem. Psychology has shown that students need to experience ‘flow’ in school. Flow theory describes states of full engagement, peak performance, and joyful learning. The components of flow involve a combination of principles, strategies, and practices that can be understood and mastered by teachers and students alike. In addition to making classroom and homework activities more enjoyable, flow also has many other benefits too. This seminar introduces the concept of flow, its importance within positive learning experience and ways to create more of it with school life.