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Simon and Paul become Level 2 Helicopter Deliverers!

Congratulations to two of our Creative Associates- Simon Batchelor and Paul Andrew, who became Level 2 Helicopter Deliverers on Wednesday 18th March 2015.

They are now fully qualified to deliver the sessions in the classroom and team teach with the in-class teachers to handover the approach.

Here are some photos of them in action:

 

What Children Teach US

Asked to write a blog about Helicopter Technique and what it’s like to now ‘go it alone’ after our training this year, I was not sure where to start. Seems like ages ago since we delivered our last sessions. And I miss it, I do.

But let me try to share a short blog about ‘going it alone’ with Helicopter. Or more appropriately, it’s about ‘going it alone’ with my other work (with Helicopter).

Firstly I can’t wait to be delivering more sessions, and hopefully they’ll be some more soon. But what I have found, since the last delivery, is how much the technique has been informing more and more of all the work I do with children. Helicopter is kind of like the center of a wheel in the work I do with kids. It’s a core which can inform each ‘spoke’, or strand of work I do with kids.

And the biggest thing is doing less. Doing very little, so the child takes the lead of their play their explorations. The Helicopter Technique has given me the freedom to truly let children be children. To be open and ready to enter THEIR world, on their terms. It’s about asking questions, when the time is right, to encourage and foster their imagination and curiosity. And praising what they offer. And truly accepting that when they’re playing there is no right or wrong. It just is. So boys can play girls, girls can play boys, the sky can be purple, and cats can be half snake/half cat.

In all my other work with children I have become acutely aware of when a moment of wonder and discovery by a child is being stifled by an adult. And it’s not the adult’s fault, we as adults I think, most of us, have forgotten what that ‘play’ was in our own lives. Forgotten how to play. The abandonment of laughter, the utter joy in discovering something new, the freedom to be excited. And because this part of ourselves gets slowly smaller or disappears as we grow older we find it harder to connect to the children around us. Of course as we grow older we also take on more responsibilities and the worries of the world can sometimes be too much.

But can’t we learn as much from children as we can teach them?

As we teach our children the many fundamental things they need for life and survival in this world, let’s embrace what they can teach us through their play. Engage with their play. Let yourself become captivated and surprised by their play. After all, we were all children once; playing, laughing, and making earthshattering discoveries every day. That ability to have wonder in this world exists within all of us, no matter what age we are – age is just a number. Growing old after all is a state of mind and nothing more.

I know for myself that when I’m doing a story event with 0-3’s or taking a workshop with some Year 4’s, when I let myself enter their world, let myself be led by them and their imagination, the things that seem huge and difficult in my life just aren’t anymore. That is because how I engage with them brings out the lightness in me.

Now a message to the children:

Thank you to every one you that has made me to laugh uncontrollably by some wonderful thing you’ve said. Thank you for always reminding me of the infinite hope in this world. Thank you for being YOU. You help me be me.

by Emma Deakin

Defining classroom roles through story

On Friday 4th April 2014, Creative Associates Sonia Hyams, Simon Batchelor, Annekoos Arlman, Emma Deakin, Amie Taylor and Paul Andrew completed their Helicopter Technique Level 2 Presentations and handed in their essays.

Their presentations and essays were based on their chosen theme associated with the Helicopter Technique.

Take a look at the Amie’s full essay by clicking on the ‘Read More’ button below. (more…)

Emotional development in children through storytelling

On Friday 4th April 2014, Creative Associates Sonia Hyams, Simon Batchelor, Annekoos Arlman, Emma Deakin, Amie Taylor and Paul Andrew completed their Helicopter Technique Level 2 Presentations and handed in their essays.

Their presentations and essays were based on their chosen theme associated with the Helicopter Technique.

Take a look at the abridged version of Paul’s presentation below:

Have a read of Paul’s full essay by clicking on the ‘Read More’ button below.

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The Social Benefits of the Helicopter Stories Approach

On Friday 4th April 2014, Creative Associates Sonia Hyams, Simon Batchelor, Annekoos Arlman, Emma Deakin, Amie Taylor and Paul Andrew completed their Helicopter Stories Level 2 Presentations and handed in their essays.

Their presentations and essays were based on their chosen theme associated with the Helicopter Stories approach.

Take a look at the abridged version of Simon’s presentation below:

Have a read of Simon’s full essay by clicking on the ‘Read More’ button below.

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Trainee to Trainer

On Friday 4th April 2014, Creative Associates Sonia Hyams, Simon Batchelor, Annekoos Arlman, Emma Deakin, Amie Taylor and Paul Andrew completed their Helicopter Technique Level 2 Presentations and handed in their essays.

Their presentations and essays were based on their chosen theme associated with the Helicopter Technique.

Take a look at Emma’s full essay and script from her presentation by clicking on the ‘Read More’ button below.

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