EIS Learning Reps continuously championed the well-being work being undertaken by colleagues during 2020, highlighting that the lack of time to reflect on practices saw many learning opportunities missed.
In response, the EIS, Scottish Union Learning and the Open University worked together to develop a course for those who lead well-being in their workplaces, which took place in March 2021.
The two twilight sessions focused on reflecting upon the past year, and planning for the times to come. In our current circumstances, this process could be a very negative one. However, OU lecturer Dr. Carolyn Cooke employed a process to assist positive and realistic reflection and planning: Appreciative Inquiry.
Appreciative Inquiry is about looking for the positives, the opportunities to build upon, switching from what needs to be fixed, it considers strengths, possibilities, and where successes can happen.
Claire Young of Liberton High School in Edinburgh talked of the benefits of taking a positive planning approach at the recent STUC & The Open University in Scotland: Organising learning for a fairer future online event. Please fast forward to 40mins, you may need to complete a short registration form to access the recording.
Khadija Patel Partnerships Officer at The Open University in Scotland, said: ‘During what has been a difficult year with Covid 19, taking time to reflect on practice by adopting good wellbeing habits play a significant part in one’s own wellbeing and that of colleagues and school pupils.’