Reconnecting with school – Putting the Recovery Curriculum into practice.

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Why these Recovery Lessons?

When I wrote about what would be needed as students return to school after lockdown I always knew that I would need to put the Connection ideas into practice. The activities that are contained in the blog will help staff who deliver them to meet the kids where they are; throw a wide circle; and start again to really see the kids as well as helping students to connect with their ‘why’ and see the best part of school

The context of these lessons is the understanding that students are returning from lockdown which has been a time of disconnection – for some students this time away from school might have been traumatic; for others they have missed the familiarity of school; and for others still, something in between.

This Recovery work is designed to help the students RESET and RECOVER from the lockdown period and support them in forming a positive connection with school. If the last six months has been a difficult time, these sessions will act as MIND MEDICINE and help to rebuild the student’s MENTAL WEALTH.

The first ‘Catch Up’ students need is with themselves and each other!

For more on the Recovery Curriculum please see the work of Dr. Barry Carpenter

Remember that as teachers we are aiming to;

R – Recognise and really see the kids.

E – Demonstrate Empathy.

S – Help students to Be Safe.

T – Be Trauma informed and respond accordingly.

O – See the Opportunity even in a really difficult time.

R – Rebuild Relationships.

E – Engagement with subject, with teachers, with learning…with school!

Some observations from delivering the material August 2020

These lessons are designed to allow the students to reflect on recent events through talk, thinking and creativity. They aim to create a learning space that will allow them to start to build connections between staff and students and between students, helping to build confidence and self belief through engaging with the key attributes of Opportunity, Individuality and Progress. So, be generous with and encouraging of student contributions, they WILL want to talk – of course they need to be respectful and appropriate but mostly listen, question lots and try not to judge!

REMEMBER – these lessons have been written for a specific school and context and I am offering them for free in the spirit of sharing ideas rather than presenting them as ‘off the shelf’ resources. Any comments or suggestions please do get in touch!