Teachers in South Africa enjoy a Functional Fluency introductory workshop

Teachers in South Africa enjoy a Functional Fluency introductory workshop

Wholesome Learning in a Teaching Environment

Layo Seriki and I recently had some fun learning with South African schoolteachers in an introductory Functional Fluency workshop which we co-facilitated.

Layo got the group’s intellectual tummies rumbling by cleverly introducing the agenda as a menu! After a personal introduction, Susannah Temple’s role in developing Functional Fluency and some contracting, the group was encouraged to indulge in a starter- exchanging positive unconditional strokes.

Using an experiential and appreciative approach, we outlined the first level of the model and inquired into the group’s lived experience to see where their energy lay in a normal day’s work. The group resonated with the social responsibility category, which makes considering the educational context of their work.

We supported the group in reviewing their daily activities without judgment, rather viewing their behaviour from a metaperspective. Unpacking the five elements of the model, we were all energised by the realisation that we use a healthy combination of guiding, directing and looking after others, assessing our experience, relating to others and doing our own thing in holistic and contextually relevant ways.

FF Intro SAAs facilitators, we were inspired by our group’s eagerness to ask questions about deeper levels of the model quite naturally. They seemed to reflect and inquire into each successive level of the Functional Fluency model with appetite and this made the transition to more complex aspects a natural and energised progression.

Our group’s interest and curiosity peaked upon venturing into an exploration of the effectiveness of different modes of engaging with others.

What we appreciated most from our experience with the group was how the Functional Fluency model provided a tangible and understandable language to make sense of the complexities of human behaviour, with lightness and insight.

It is a privilege to work in educational environments like we did, trusting that a positive parallel process will impact the learners and their families as much as it did the teachers who we had fun learning with!

If you work in education and would like to learn how Functional Fluency can enhance health & wellbeing, leadership skills and team building for you and your colleagues, please get in touch - info@functionalfluency.com

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