Day 55 (of 183) just because you’re not at the school doesn’t mean you’re not at your school
Today was a session at ERASE training – away from the school. It was nice to hear some re-affirmations and reminders of some key elements such as:
men are more likely to commit suicide than women (older more so than younger) – part of the reason I have participated in #movember or #noshavenovember – as a symbol that I am prepared not to whisper or remain quiet about mens health issues – and especially mental health issues.
safety trumps confidentiality
suicide & self harm – can go together, but not always
The importance of looking for small dots that connect. Changes in behaviour are vital to pay attention to! There really are no “they just snapped” moments….
and at the same time, I was still getting texts and emails from the school. Not because they needed me to make decisions – I work with very skilled educators – but because they wanted to keep me in the loop. The willingness to keep communication lines open – no matter what. And especially when students are struggling with self regulation.
when a student went home today, it wasn’t just because of today – it was because they missed yesterday after coming to school for one day because we had a 3 day weekend (for educators a pro-d day). Lots of transitions and change that is not easy for him….but we’ll be happy to try again tomorrow because we really like having him (and every) student in our school.
ironically(ish) a lot of what we are talking about in our training session mirrors what we are doing at our school: collecting information, looking for patterns, looking for escalations in behaviours, providing plans for students to be successful, and (worst of all) struggling to find enough resources to support our learners (mainly people & time)
when I’m at workshops/professional development etc – part of me is always connected to my learning community. What is going on blended with what we should do (or should’ve done) and what we could (and may) do!
Always tricky – but again – the more we talk, the more we know and the more we communicate.
As an example, from Howie Mandel (I heard this experience on the Stern show)
My own example, from my own experience at Langley Ignite 2015 (called fine-fine-fine because we all need to know that “fine” isn’t fine)