Character, Grit & Resilience: A practical model for the classroom

for teachers of Primary and S1 - S6; Pastoral Care Staff; and School Leaders Friday 26th May 2017

Location: Edinburgh Hilton Grosvenor Hotel, Grosvenor Street, Edinburgh EH12 5EF
Date:   26/05/2017
Course timings:   10 a.m. - 3.30 p.m. including lunch. Coffee & registration from 9.30 a.m.
Cost:   £120
Summary:  

We are delighted to welcome C J Simister back to Scotland to lead this event. 

How can we prepare young people for the future – given all its uncertainty, opportunities and challenges?  And is it possible to do this in a way that deepens learning and boosts academic achievement now, in school?  These are the questions posed – and answered - in C J Simister’s latest book: The Character, Grit and Resilience Pocketbook (to be published in summer 2017).  Participants will receive a copy of Carol’s book. 

In this course, she outlines her very practical Future-Smart® approach – a model that draws on the best of international research plus her experience of 20 years of teaching and 5 years spent working with schools around the world. 

The day will be packed full of advice, teaching strategies and ideas.  It is aimed at those with leadership responsibility as well as classroom and subject teachers of pupils aged 5-18. 

Participants will explore a broad range of valuable personal and intellectual dispositions - character traits that are linked to improving academic performance, social mobility and emotional wellbeing.  Alongside curriculum-based techniques to target curiosity, originality, good judgement, reflectiveness and initiative, there will also be a more in-depth look at ideas for promoting young people’s grit and resilience.  The focus will be on discovering how to make small tweaks to existing practice, building on what is already taking place in your school in order to enhance its impact.  Simple, effective methods for monitoring the development of character in the classroom and school will be shared. 

C J Simister has presented nationally and internationally and has spoken at events alongside Professors Carol Dweck and Angela Duckworth.  She is the author of two previous books: How to Teach Thinking and Learning Skills and The Bright Stuff and in 2011 was selected by the National Association of Gifted Children to be their ‘inspiring person of the year’. 

This event will include several techniques and ideas from previous SCIS courses so is most suitable for teachers who are new to her work. 

Please register as soon as possible and by Wednesday 17 May at the latest.       ***  Registrations after this date will not be eligible  for the book offer.

Feedback from previous SCIS courses run by C J Simister: 

'The whole day was brilliant- lots of practical strategies which I can see working in school. We do try to help children develop open minds, creativity, resilience, etc, but the Future-Smart approach brings a holistic and more focused way of developing learning skills.'  

'I loved the course! A good mix of practical and theory.  The presenter was warm, engaging and relaxed.'