I have been reading an interesting text, Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom by Kristin Souers with Pete Hall. I opened the book expecting to discover strategies and insights into supporting students who have experienced trauma not to be challenged to develop a greater self-awareness.
What does my own self-awareness have to do with creating a stable, consistent and safe environment for our students? I want to help students not myself. As I read on it started to become clearer the important, if not vital, role self-awareness plays in helping our students to be more successful in school.
How often do we become so focused on our students’ needs that we neglect our own? I see it on a daily basis – teachers being selfless. Giving up breaks to help students, devoting energy and time to develop resources and focusing thoughts and emotions on their students. As teachers, our main driver is to help others, so we believe if we invest time in our own self-awareness we will be unsuccessful in achieving this primary goal.
As Souers highlights:
“Self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-love seem to distract us from our calling to help others. Yet this is actually a short-sighted view that, in the end, will hamper us in our efforts to help our students.”
If we invest in our own physical, emotional and spiritual health not only are we looking after ourselves but our students also. This investment will ensure we are physically, emotionally and spiritually prepared to invest energy, time and emotion into creating a learning environment that is positive, stable, consistent and safe.
How do you promote self-awareness in your school or workplace?