Stephen Porgues talks about the need to feel safe in order to learn - how do we create an environment that fosters a sense of safety?
Now when I encounter someone who appears resistant, I want to try even more to approach them with a self-reg lens. Who knows what stressors they may have been dealing with before they arrived at the session - an elderly parent at home, an angry parent at school, a traffic jam, an upsetting conversation awaiting them at home that evening. I need to think about where they are on the Thayer Matrix and where I am, and question whether we are ready to engage in the work of learning and facilitating. If not, what do I need to do to create movement on the matrix? How can we help to reduce stressors - providing food and drinks, allowing opportunities for movement and discussion, ensuring the room is a comfortable temperature, etc. Allowing people to ask questions, to challenge us, and to respond with respect and kindness. If participants need to leave to check in with their school via cell phone to ensure all is well, then providing opportunities to do so.
What other strategies can create a safe learning environment for teachers and for students?