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NON-INVASIVE TEACHING - SKILLS
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
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
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:
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
Carmen Gamper, Founder