~~ the next generation ~~
Last week I was invited to lecture at Nottingham University on sensory processing and behaviour in the classroom. It was with their primary PGCE students.
Such a pleasure to meet so many fresh new teachers, eager to make a difference to the lives of our young people and so interested in the topic, so open to learning, so willing to reflect and discuss their current experiences.
A couple of students stayed behind and chatted to me about their experiences on their teaching practices to date and how they had felt the metaphorical ‘penny drop’ within the session.
They also said they were going to go away and research further, looking at the links I’d provided, promising to watch the Ted Talks I suggested.
I hope they do. I hope the hour I spent with them will make a difference to their approaches as teachers. I hope they empathise more. I hope they stop, watch, listen and reflect before they jump in and chastise their pupils for ‘non standard’ behaviours. After all, when you ask any teacher why they entered the profession, why they want to teach... they will always answer with this:
‘To make a difference.’
I hope that lecture will make a difference to them, I really do 💜💙💚