Reflective conversations and Active Listening: Enhancing the Emotional Wellbeing of Educators
A five-week course online, hosted by Hugh Fitzmaurice and Máire Higgins
Active listening is at the heart of our online conversations. We aim to nurture a reflective, non-judgemental space for educators where the art of listening is cultivated through three lenses; a structured conversation, insightful questions, and pause for reflection. In this space, silent reflection is of equal value to professional dialogue. Our core intention is to speak with each other as educators and cultivate a safe, non-judgmental space where all voices are heard. As professionals, our sharing in each encounter is kept in strict confidence within the space.
The genesis of this course emerged during the Covid19 Lockdown of 2020. We sought ways to support ourselves and colleagues and nurture our emotional well-being and resilience as educators in these unprecedented times.
Active listening is encouraged during our conversations, and we ask for no disruption or commenting on someone else's share. We invite participants to identify with each share but not comment on what others are sharing during the conversations.
Equal time is given to people while they share. Our aim is to cultivate a mindful and safe space for all educators during our gathering.
An Invitation to participants:
A brief Course Description and an Invitation is shared with a group of six educators from six different education settings (schools, colleges, education centres etc..). The lead Hosts of which there are two (Hugh and Máire), connect with four other Educators. The six participants engage in an active listening conversation, online, in a video call, for five sessions, once a week, for one hour. Each participant is asked to make a commitment to attend the five x one-hour conversations.
ABOUT THE HOSTS:
Hugh Fitzmaurice has worked as an educator for over 20 years. He is currently an English and History teacher in CBC Monkstown Park, Dublin. He founded a voluntary collaborative programme for teachers called Learningrevolution.ie which has been exhibited at Féilte. Hugh has facilitated conversations with educators at the Innovation Academy in UCD. He is currently a member of the steering committee for BEACONS developed by the Teaching Council and he is working with NUI Galway in piloting an Activating Social Empathy programme for secondary schools across the country.
Máire O’Higgins has worked as an educator for thirty years. She is an Assistant Principal and Chaplain in Larkin Community College. She is on the Board of the Abbey Theatre and Encountering The Arts Ireland. Máire is a .b mindfulness teacher and has trained as a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher at the Institute for Mindfulness Based Approaches. Máire has delivered mindfulness courses for the CDETB Curriculum Development Unit and Rathmines College.
In order to book your place please contact the hosts: