A new way to calm schoolkids and stop the danger of violence in Territory playgrounds is being rolled out across four schools in Darwin to combat challenging student behavior
The schools are the first in the NT to implement the new education curriculum, which utilizes strategies to help students understand their behavioural patterns, take inventory of how focused they are feeling and gives them tools to focus much better.
One of those schools implementing the program, Sanderson Middle School, went into lockdown twice in November, and neither incident was explained.The Education Union states colleges in the Territory go into lockdown more than most men and women realise.
An Education Department spokeswoman said lockdowns could be sparked by numerous problems, such as a bomb threat, collapse of major injury to a building, inappropriate student behaviour, the death of, sexual assault , or severe harm to students or staff, fires or natural disasters, or a siege or guns on campus, civil or political events, hazardous material contamination, or air quality collapse.
During a lockdown, students, staff, volunteers, and contractors are expected to remain inside until given education by the main and handling staff that they are free to enter or leave the building or field.Some students say they have noticed changes because the version was introduced to their own classrooms.
Developed by Victorian business Berry Street, which provides foster care, out-of-home maintenance, counselling, family violence services and other aid for people suffering from neglect and abuse, the education model arose from the organisation’s history of caring for vulnerable children and families, using trauma-informed strategies to help young men and women re-engage in college.
Fellow Sanderson pupil Latina Cagey, 13, stated:”rather than behaving in a violent or angry way I think these activities will help until you do something you regret, such as hitting someone.”
“Our teachers are on board, they’re passionatethey need it to work, they can see its strength and they can see the results in their classroom already after a month or two,” she explained.There’d already been signs of classroom behaviour changing”radically”, Mary Claire stated.They moved to Victoria to visit schools that were already using the Berry Street version successfully.
Now 150 staff across the four campuses are working through the teacher’s training modules, also said they also were already seeing positive results in their classrooms.
“Instead of directing pupils to restrain themselves or using punishment as strategies, it is really about handing the self-regulation back to the pupils, so that they can modulate their behaviour to get ready to learn themselves,” Ms Veel explained.The activities and strategies used to engage pupils have varied depending on year levels.
Primary-aged pupils are learning to recognise when to take a break from course and turn for their”calm kits”, which can be a collection of items, such as slime and matching games, to refocus themselves in their own learning.”It is mostly if I’ve become a fight or a person’s teasing me,” said pupil Obama Lazorous, 9.Hand signals to reveal emotions
Primary-aged students are also being encouraged to use hand signals to demonstrate their emotions, like having a hand gesture of a lid switching when they’re feeling mad.All students have individual graphs pinned to their own classroom walls so as to pinpoint how”ready to learn” they are at any given moment.
The reason the strategy had resonated throughout the board was because”we’re teaching the children about their own brains”, said Tim Morgan, leader of Karama Primary.There is expectation that when the program continues to yield favorable emotional and academic results it will be rolled out in other schools across the Territory.