This in-depth and foundational workshop takes you into the deep layers of the minds of children. It gives a model that serves as a tool to gain insights into the uniqueness of each child.
It helps teachers teach the students better, parents help raise the children better and innovators develop better educational methods and educators create better educational systems.
The most important skill that the child needs to survive and flourish in life is not going to be taught anywhere. It is already built into the child, native and unique to each child. It is just that we have not developed techniques to identify what skill is hidden in what child. Our job as parents, teachers and educators is to identify the child's native skills, groom those skills and add complementary skills that enhance the native skill.
Put it another way, learning is multiplicative, not additive. Not everything that a child is exposed to or trained in, gets absorbed by the child. Every child is unique. Every child is different in what and how they absorb. Our job as parents, teachers and educators is to identify what and how they absorb and offer what they can absorb and in the manner they can absorb. Everything added to the child that the child cannot absorb, falls off at the best, suffocates the child at the worst, sapping away the confidence, nevertheless wasting time, energy and resources of the child, parent as well as the education system itself.
If you want to help children in the classroom as a teacher, or help your children at home as a parent, you need to understand the child's unique personality. You need to get a handle on the child's unique built-in skills, built-in interests, built-in strengths and also the struggles unique to each child.
Further, in order to nurture a child, if it s not enough if you know the unique personality of the child; you should know your own unique personality as well. You need to know what propels you to propel the child in a certain direction or the other. Only when you know both the child's unique personality and your own unique personality, you will be able to provide effective and meaningful guidance to the child. Nurture, after all, is a thick, two-way, interactive, emotional collaboration.
We call, this process of identifying the uniqueness of the child and nurturing accordingly, as "Nature Oriented Nurture". This means nurturing the child factoring in the child's nature and factoring out our nature.
Nature Oriented Nurture is not a revolutionary concept. We already use this in training animals. We train the bullocks to draw a cart and dogs to sniff for objects. No one tries to train a bullock to sniff for objects. We nurture the animals according to the nature. Why can't we do the same thing with children? We can, but the biggest hindrance in doing so has been the lack of research and techniques to identify the uniqueness, i.e., nature of the child easily and accurately. And that is the gap this workshop fills.
This workshop teaches you a powerful model from a framework of concepts, models and theries known as Foaum. It explains the complexity of human nature using a simple four layer model. This model gives deep insights into the core nature of the child from which emerge the unique strengths and struggles of a child. It explains how children see the world, and what they filter in and filter out, subconsciously. It helps you predict what the children shine in, in their adult lives. It helps you understand which child needs what kind of support in order to blossom in full.
This introductory workshop is useful for a broader audience than just teachers and parents. The model taught in this workshop is useful for educators, psychologists, innovators and whosoever has interest or stake or responsibility in nurturing a child, directly or indirectly.
This model, along with its various implications and applications is fully described in the upcoming book titled, ‘Foaum: A framework of concepts, models and theories to understand human nature and to improve systems that are integral to our existence, experience, expression and enterprise.
This model is very generic and is useful not only for understanding the uniqueness of a child, but anyone. Hence this model is used as the basis for many other workshops, some related to family management and some related to workplace management and some related to community services. Workshops based on Foaum are being conducted in India and in USA since 2009. It is suggested that you check out Testimonials page to get a flavor of the model and its various applications.
This workshop is designed for K-12 teachers, parents of school-going children and educational innovators. Because of the intense and highly interactive nature of the workshop, the number of participants in this workshop is limited to a minimum of 12 and maximum of 16, and the 32 hours of the workshop are distributed over 4 consecutive days, or 2 weekends of 2 days each, or 4 weekends of one day each, depending on the offering format at various times and locations.