Adopting a LASER approach to managing behaviour
We have recently begun working with colleagues who are very closely aligned with what we do - have a look at their website for some great training opportunities: https://www.studio3.org/
Using their Low Arousal Supports Educational Resilience (LASER) ideas and strategies could support schools and teachers when managing challenging behaviour. I use this language advisedly, as the words 'manage' and 'challenge' have traditionally behaviourist connotations, and what we really want is to move forwards with a more positive and constructivist approach to supporting our distressed young people.
What is Low Arousal? It's what we do so as not to inflame a situation - it places the onus on the practitioner rather than the child. This isn't easy, of course, as we have had decades of training telling us we are the authoritarian figure in the classroom and in the school. Children and young people conform to our (adult) rules...or there is a consequence.
This is where (and I would say this!) emotional intelligence comes in - our emotional intelligence. If we can begin to see behaviour through a lens which seeks to support, rather than punish, we will do better by our young people. We have to be self-aware, socially aware, understand that the behaviour exhibited by a young person is not directed personally at us; we have to navigate the complexities of the emotions we feel, the emotions the child feels, the context in which we find ourselves, other colleagues and their perceptions...none of this is easy as we have had little opportunity to explore how we can use emotional intelligence as a strategy for self-development and the development of others. But, it is essential if we are to do better - both on a personal level and on a professional level.