I am finding real difficulties in engaging children in session 8. We are on our 2nd term of groups and I have found this repeatedly, my colleague in West Dunbartonshire also found this session was really difficult in engaging the children. I think there are a number of reasons for this, one being that the anger session the week before is the most engaging and exciting, they’re more comfortable in the group but also I feel that session 8 is the most removed in terms of their experiences of hurting in their family.
I don’t think that the problem solving framework is engaging, and I have changed activities and resources with the same learning outcomes. I feel that this has helped, however during the discussions one of my groups were extremely challenging – I had to resort to waiting in silence until the sillyness stopped, and then reminded the children as to why they are there. I should say, this group has been challenging, however yesterday proved to be the most difficult. After this, they engaged with the activities, however I’m increasingly feeling that this session requires a rethink.
This is just my feedback, however I would be keen to hear your thoughts and other project’s thoughts.