Dr. Guy Winch's TED Talk Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid is one of my favourite resources for senior students. Often, I sneak it in as an example of public speaking. I have showed this to every senior class I have taught in the last 3 years and it always well received. Most notably by a Year 13 high achiever a taught in 2017 who came in the next day and said, "Miss- that was life changing."
Big words for a hardworking, intelligent, like-able future Olympian trialist.
If our best and brightest are having their lives improved by an emotional education- then I'd argue this might help everyone in the room. Especially the middle kids.
I like Guy Winch for a few reasons- he speaks well, he's a great male role model to use at a boys school and he shares his own personal experiences. As a psychologist, he doesn't hide behind a cloak of authority.
The human experiences is just that- applicable to all humans. Worth a watch!
p.s. Heads up- I've tried this with Year 9s and 10s- not quite accessible enough. Not enough fart jokes.
Adrienne Buckingham has been teaching teenagers for 15 years, parenting for 8 and is on a quest to do it all better using evidence based strategies.