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NON-INVASIVE TEACHING - SKILLS

(Excerpt from "The Sacred Child Companion. Handbook for Inspired Self-Directed Learning")

By using non-invasive teaching methods we fully respect the individual physical, emotional and intellectual state of a child when sharing knowledge and wisdom.

a. Prepare learning environments and provide hands-on learning materials:
A thoroughly prepared self-directed learning environment and hands-on learning materials are the most practical tools for non-invasive teaching. They speak directly to child.

b. Be aware of the child's natural inclination to imitate adults:
Teachers can collaborate with the child's natural instinct of imitation. Show a new skill as often as needed. Give material instructions step by step in simple terms.

c. Have patience for the learning process:
Individual steps are not seen as mistakes that need to be corrected immediately but as precious steps in the process of acquiring a new skill. Teachers do not directly interfere with the child's work or product.

d. Don't interrupt a learning process:
When a child is focused on a self-chosen activity, don't interruppt or ask questions. This state of deep concentration is when deep learning in alignement with inner development occurs.

e. Use non-invasive, non-manipulatory language with children:
Ask friendly questions and accept the child's different point of view. Accept the child's age-appropriate wisdom.

f. Don't manipulate through punishments and rewards: Punishments can create deep unforgettable wounds. Educators need to express boundaries and expectations in kind ways by informing a child as often as needed, and help re-direct a child's behavior (also read: "Redirecting Children's behavior" by Kathryn Kvols).

Carmen Gamper, Founder
Email: Info@NewLearningCulture.com

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