After the LTTA in Wales in which we were informed about so many aspects of dealing with our students feelings we thought of inviting an expert to teach us some more on the subject.
So, Arrixis , the centre of Mental Health and Prevention of Addictions which supports us significantly with any mental aspect of our Erasmus project, answered our call and organised an open discussion with parents and teachers on the complexity of children’s emotions and the necessity to behave with respect to their needs but also set up healthy boundaries which will provide a safe and balanced environment for the child to grow up in.
After the LTTA in Cardiff, we came back with a lot of ideas to share with our students in the 11th Primary school of Haidari.
One of them was to use simple everyday things such as a TV commercial to get them to recognise the feelings shown and imagine what they would feel themselves if they were in that situation.
So, we showed our sixth grade students the very funny and also bursting with emotions video of John Lewis, Buster the Boxer, and got them to analyse the feelings of each of the characters in the video and discuss the importance of giving and sharing not only at Christmas but anytime in their life.
On Friday 23rd December 2016 the Erasmus+ Happens team invited the teachers and the parents of our school students who very willingly gathered to hear the latest news from the LTTA in Wales in November 2016 but also a short review of the activities organised so far in the Erasmus project.
We shared with them what we learnt about the Restorative Approach, an innovative way to involve students more in the school life, which is implemented in the Welsh school and aims in making happier, more active students.
We pointed out the importance of sleep and rest for students and the benefits from eating healthily including as many superfoods as possible as we were taught by Welsh specialists.
We also showed them the John Lewis Christmas video which was used by our Welsh collegue to introduce us to the activity of emotions she uses in her classes and which we have already shown in our sixth grade students to trigger discussion about feelings and the ideals of giving and sharing.
Parents were greatly interested in all the information they received and encouraged us, as they always do, to carry on introducing new ideas which will improve school life.