Paul Sutton

CPD

Creative Education Courses

Just making a very quick post, with a summary of recently completed Creative Education Courses.

COMPLETED

  • Navigating Frenemies, Cliques and Bants with Your Teen, Creative Education, 10/4/2021
  • Supporting Children with Friendship Issues, Creative Education,8/4/2021
  • Teaching for Students with PMLD, Creative Education, 2/4/2021
  • Spot the Warning Signs of Poor Mental Health, Creative Education, 22/3/2021
  • How to be Kinder to Yourself, Creative Education. 14/3/2021
  • Imposter syndrome: 5 tips to overcome it, Creative Education, 7/3/2021
  • De-escalation: What is it and how do I do it?, Creative Education, 28/2/2021
  • Anxiety: Supporting Teens to Support Themselves, Creative Education, 22/2/2021
  • Enable Children to Feel Safe so They Can Flourish, Creative Education, 15/2/2021
  • Make a success of remote teaching, Creative Education, 13/10/2020
  • Spot and support attachment disorder, Creative Education, 12/10/2020

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Creative Education: Teaching for Students with PMLD

2nd April 2021

Completed another Creative Education course today. Teaching for Students with PMLD

People with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) access the world around them in variety of different ways, it is our responsibility to present information and experiences in a way that will enable them to explore their own values, independence and become active participators in society. We can support this through offering experiences that are presented in a meaningful way for the individual and using a range of strategies, techniques and creativity. There is not just one fix but many facets and multiple elements that help enhance this drive to explore, understand and participate. Through this course, Sonya will offer practical advice tips and ideas on planning and delivering engaging, fun and exciting theme or topic-based activities to people with PMLD. 

PMLD Certificate

I just wish I could WORK somewhere and make use of this. I am not doing this for the sake of it, I am doing this to improve skills, knowledge and expertise.

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Creative Education: Spot the Warning Signs of Poor Mental Health

Spot the Warning Signs of Poor Mental Health

Mental Health Warning signs

Completed another Creative Education course today. This is an excellent course, mostly a summary of some of the key points / advice covered in previous courses. So what to look out for to spot signs a child may be having issues with mental heath, changes in their behaviour, physical appearance, interests and hobbies or perhaps their academic performance is going higher, due to them trying very hard not to fail, (so opposite extreme to their academic performance falling) trying to please self and others too much.

So some really good advice here.

I just wish I could WORK somewhere and make use of this.

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Creative Education : How to be kinder to yourself

Just completed another excellent course with creative education.

BeKind

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Imposter syndrome with Creative Education

Imposter Syndrome: 5 tips for overcoming it

No matter how many years you spend in the profession, the first day back after a long break can feel terrifying. In this short course, I’ve shared some simple practical ideas to help you feel more confident about returning to school and to help you manage if things don’t go quite to plan.

Completed this on 7th March 2021. Thank you for making another course free for a week. This is great for my own personal & professional development and shows I am serious about finding ways to improve my skills.

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Introduction to Infection Prevention and Control (IPC)

Just completed the above course with OpenWHO. Very interesting and also interesting to learn how complex infection control can be at a practical level.

WHO IPC Certificate

This is a free course, Very useful for anyone who is looking at moving in to Healthcare or related professions.

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Creative Education : De-escalation

I have just completed with Creative Education.

This is yet another really good course, covered lots of ground in an hour, how to recognise signs, cause of distress, and de-escalation techniques using verbal and non verbal methods, Looked at the ABC (Antecendents, Behaviour, Consequences) method to help us be more effective.

Can be used with young people, by facility staff or equally by parents.

Great course, and looking forward to another free course next week perhaps.

Hopefully this shows I am willing to learn.

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Anxiety: Supporting Teens to Support Themselves

As well as looking for work, I am also trying to take any opportunity to learn new skills. The Creative Education courses are really good for this.

So to day I completed “Anxiety: Supporting Teens to Support Themselves” which, as with the course I did last week, has lots of really good useful hints and tips on how to help teenagers cope with anxiety, how we as adults can help, but also reflect on our own experience which can feed in to how we can help.

The important take away from this is, that adults, we can listen, re-assure and use many techniques and strategies to help. By understanding how a person is feeling, we can adjust our strategy.

Course also covered how sleep can play a part in this, how lack of sleep can cause issue, how we can make stress and anxiety manageable by looking at what works for the young person we are trying to help.

Also looked at how we can empower young people to take control and self manage, or if there is a situation that is out of their full control.

So another really useful course, if there is another 'free for a week course' next week, I will sign up to that too.

These courses may also be useful in other work too, perhaps at code club or even when helping or working with adults.

I am also interested in Space, astronomy and space sciences, so I think going forward Mental Health of Astronauts may be a very interesting field, being on the Moon is a short trip, getting to Mars, will be a longer, more dangerous journey, we need to look after the people that go on long space missions. Perhaps also look after their families back on Earth, especially children and young people who have family members on these missions.

Hopefully employers will appreciate my efforts to improve my skills and knowledge.

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Enable children to feel safe – Review

Review of

HOW TO ENABLE CHILDREN TO FEEL SAFE SO THEY CAN FLOURISH

Having completed the course I decided to write a review on this. My previous post was a quick post to say that I undertook the course.

REVIEW

This course is presented by Pooky from Creative Education. Pooky has lots of experience and knowledge in this and related areas.

So the course has 4 main component areas:-

  • Emotional
  • Cognitive
  • Physical
  • Socially

Is is also worth mentioning that the course is really up to date as it mentions we are in the current Covid 19 pandemic.

Course is presented in 4 short vidoes on each of the above topic area, complemented by other videos, also by Pooky with some more specific advice on techniques.

So the course explains what is meant by each of the above areas, then looks at a view techniques we, as adults can use to help children but also help us reflect on our own experiences, in doing so this can feed in to how we help children.

EMOTIONAL SAFETY

This looks at how we can help children cope with different situations, that they make them feel scared or anxious, and how we can help them, that it is OK to feel scared and this is normal and it is good to talk about it

This is explored in a short video, which, while bite size, packs a lot of information and advice

Using an example of exams or tests the course looks at how children can refect on their feelings and put a plan in place if something goes wrong, for example you get to the exam and your mind goes blank, so the plan then could be perhaps some deep breathing to help you calm and refocus.

Interesting that, while not mentioned as practitioners we could perhas give examples of how in sport players may have a routine to go through prior to a game.

COGNITIVE SAFETY

This looks at how children need an environment that helps them develop by being

  • Safe to learn
  • Safe to try
  • Safe to make mistakes
  • Allows us to learn from mistakes

This is useful as children need to have freedom to try things out, make mistakes, and learn from these, it also encourages practitioners to learn along side the children so they also become learners,

Practitioners can be role models to set a good example, we all makes mistakes. The course also looks at how we can help children develop a 'joy for learning' by removing fear of failure children will keep trying and be able to reflect and move forward.

PHYSICAL SAFETY

This looks at the learning environment, not just the Health and Safety viewpoint but the fact children need to feel it is a safe environment, how we can help children feel they are safe through for example reassuring and talking to them

SOCIAL SAFETY

This looks at social skills, so children are able to interact with other children and adults in the environment, the barriers that may make this difficult for some children (SEN or not attending pre-school or example). Set out what they can expect, make these expectations clear, and what they should expect from adults (that they listen and act for example).

So this looks at how you may behave in different environments, or even different cultural expectations (not in the course but one example could be how we greet, do we take foot ware off) so it is important to have cultural awareness. What to do if you get something wrong.

As adults we can set the example and talk to children, we may reflect on our own experiences or knowledge. Children may worry about starting a new year with a new teacher so this will give them one less thing to worry about, one example could be not running in the corridor, but we may say the expectation would be to walk around the building. How we can help children could be through role play, for example so setting a table or in a kitchen, the role play could include washing hands (even if pretend) it enforces what is expected in that environment,

CONCLUSION

This is an excellent course, I have tired not to give too much away within this review, but give a few examples, there is much more advice within the course. There is a video early on that looks at how good enough is good enough. This is on Youtube, so I am going to share with the Open University group as this could be useful for students writing assignments.

This gives you the confidence to, and helps you let go. So that learners can submit their work and not keep making changes trying to strive for perfection.

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Creative Education Course – Enable children to feel safe

Just completed another course with Creative Education on Enabling Children to Feel Safe so They Can Flourish.

This could be really useful to me going forward and helping children feel confident while learning.

As with other recent training. I am doing this on my own initiative, hopefully it will help me in to work, other than that it will be most useful in quite a few activities.

Making Children Feel Safe

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