Expressive Art For Well - Being Of Students
EXPRESSIVE ART for WELL-BEING of STUDENTS
Almost 50% of all divorces involve children. The surprising fact here is that children can cope successfully and adjust with divorce within a reasonable period of time. But this adjustment doesn't come easy. It takes at least a year or two for children to finally settle down with the new family system. The Discovery Channel estimated that 40% of marriages ending in divorce have children involved. Divorces can be ugly, and the effects can be hard on all involved, especially children. Teachers should understand and sympathize with students who come from broken homes.
Children whose parents divorce during their formative years are at a great risk of behavioural issues such as aggression, depression, poor school performance and lower self-esteem.
Teachers can play an important role in helping students going through divorce to make an encouraging correction in their attitudes. This is because childcare centres, preschools and schools all are a part of the child's network, and can help support healthy child development. Teachers can give students the opportunity to express their thoughts. Allow them to keep a daily journal that only you can read, and ensure them that a journal is a safe place to keep their feelings and thoughts. Journal writing can be very therapeutic, especially for students going through a divorce with their parents.
As a teacher, you should explain to your student that families change with time. Some families get new family members with every birth or adoption of a new child, and others change by moving to new places. The child should understand that change is normal and that it happens with everyone. Always lend your support and guidance. Let students know that they can come to you if they have any problems. Encourage them to be the best that they can be, and honour them in their achievements.
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What is a broken family
Establishing sense of belonging with Art Therapy
Art in perspective
Art and personal development.
Overcome communication problems
Peer resolution and solution techniques
Introversion and practical intervention logic
Art and health. Effect of art on emotional and mental health
How to overcome aggressive attitudes
Art therapy in education development plan for students with special needs
Providing attendance to lessons
Preventing school dropouts
Personal knowledge and personal organizing, time and space management skills.
Collaboration with family
Developing an understanding of children's reactions to their parents and divorce by reflecting on their observations and conversations with children
Developing an understanding of the type and effect of parents' stress
Having private conversations with children, asking if they are OK, being a good listener, letting children talk, and providing reassurance
Arranging one-on-one time with a teacher aide to provide emotional support or to help them settle into the day
Being available for children and parents to speak to
Creating a safe, friendly environment where children feel free to talk
Developing friendships with children and families so they can feel safe and secure to talk to them
Communicating with parents about how their child is going emotionally, socially and academically at school
Referring children to the student welfare coordinator when necessary for additional support
Talking about catastrophic scales to help children put their problems into perspective on a scale from zero to ten where zero is no problem and ten is the worst problem ever
Being consistent with school routines, rules and expectations
Making sure the child is included in supportive friendship groups, both in the classroom and playground
making activities and communication inclusive ? for example, not always saying "tell mum" but instead saying "tell the person who packs your lunch" or "does your homework with you"
Having flexible expectations with the child's school work
Arranging tutoring for the child with the teacher, other parents, peers, and teacher aides
Providing encouragement for children to make good decisions and to manage their own behaviour.