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Breaking down complex problems

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Young people value sessions that focus on breaking down their complex problems into a single goal that they can describe and visualise.

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Identify and name strengths

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It is important that any service helps young people to identify and name their strengths, giving them an opportunity to talk about how they have done things differently, or how they coped with situations that were complex. This can increase their confidence in talking to people around them. From: theguardian.com

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Where possible a service should involve a young person’s carers, parents or social workers. This helps to create a safe space for some difficult conversations and ensure continuity of the work, while avoiding duplication of intervention. From:http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network-nspcc-partner-zone/2015/jul/07/5-ways-to-engage-with-distressed-young-people

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Ensure the venues are appropriate, both in terms of location and atmosphere – little things like the availability of food and drink can help reduce nervousness about meeting and talking to someone new. From http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network-nspcc-partner-zone/2015/jul/07/5-ways-to-engage-with-distressed-young-people

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Acknowledging students’ psychological state

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A ‘traffic light’ method has been successfully used by several schools that wanted their teachers to gain a greater insight into the psychological state of students at different stages during the day. The hope was that by gaining this — usually hidden — information, teachers would be able to modify their practice in order to help students to enjoy a better climate for learning and thereby enter their Effective Learning Zone.

The system works by every teacher being issued with green, amber and red traffic light symbols for student use. When prompted, students hold up the traffic light that best sums up how ready they feel to learn. This gives them an immediate and confidential way to give feedback to the teacher about their readiness for learning.

From ‘Creative Teaching and Learning Toolkit’ by Brin Best & Will Thomas (2007) Read more here

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