Strength Based Parenting

Open To Learning Conversations

The ‘OTL Model’ has provided me with helpful strategies to be more confident and prepared when dealing with difficult conversations. Chris has provided me with strategies that decrease my anxiety levels through not only what I say, but also by being aware of my body language and what this is saying.

 

Irene Tsikouris

Foundation team leader

Brandon Park Primary School

 

Open To Learning Conversations

Chris in her highly engaging and always practical and down-to-earth manner provided us with a framework to have those often difficult conversations with a teacher or staff member in such a way that relationships would remain respectful and trust  enhanced. We were excited by the possibilities of this new learning and know it will ultimately benefit the students in our school.  Thank you Chris for such valuable learning!

 

Sheryl Chard

Principal

Brandon Park Primary School

Open To Learning Conversations

Thank you for having me as your guest at the Courageous Conversations PD today.

I did enjoy your reading of Acknowledgement of Country and may use that style myself when reading something important but something that may be considered “Routine.”

I also very much enjoyed the PD given by Chris Daicos. It has made me reflect about how I often jump to conclusions without being open to consider other possibilities for a certain action by others. What Chris has suggested makes complete sense to me and I will try to follow the steps of the approach – it will require practice, but Chris has modelled the approach beautifully during the PD, and I know what to aim for.

I have tried to cc this email to Chris and hope my research has found her current email address.

Cheers

Richard Russell

(Grade 4 teacher Kingston Heath Primary school)

Building Professional Learning Teams

Thanks Chris.

Just wanted to pass on the positive feedback I have received as I debriefed with the YLCs today.
Your presentation was so well received – the feedback has been most complimentary.
Thanks again – it has made the last YLC Planning Day I  organise a memorable one.
Regards
Ian Crocker
Assistant Principal
St Albans Secondary College
 

Building Resilience in Children

Hi Chris,

Thank you so much for your engaging, insightful and hilarious presentations last night. The ideas that you communicated to our staff will support us to focus on our own wellbeing and will have positive effects for those around us, I’m sure. This session was so timely as we are at the beginning of the busiest term of all! The messages that you provided to parents were   invaluable and I too found these particularly important, especially as a Prep teacher.
The feedback from staff and parents today has been overwhelmingly positive. I will collate the written responses and forward these on to you, I am beginning to receive some already!
As we discussed last night, next year it would be great to have the parent session at the beginning of the year, to set up positive habits to support resilience in children. I am discussing this with Carole and Judy and we’re looking at our calendar to lock in some dates. I look forward to working with you again and will be in touch soon to organise this.
Thank you again,
Lucy Cardwell
Prep Teacher
Yarraville West Primary School

Open To Learning Conversations _ Leaders

The ‘OTL Model’ has provided me with helpful strategies to be more confident and prepared when dealing with difficult conversations. Chris has provided me with strategies that decrease my anxiety levels through not only what I say, but also by being aware of my body language and what this is saying.

 

Irene Tsikouris

Foundation team leader

Brandon Park Primary School

Open To Learning Conversations – for Leaders

Thank you so much for Friday Chris,

Chris in her highly engaging and always practical and down-to-earth manner provided us with a framework to have those often difficult conversations with a teacher or staff member in such a way that relationships would remain respectful and trust  enhanced. We were excited by the possibilities of this new learning and know it will ultimately benefit the students in our school.

It was one of the best PD’s I’ve ever been to.  You are so easy to listen to, so down to earth and so knowledgeable.  We all loved it and are ready to put on our big-girl pants, collect some data and go for it. Thank you Chris for such valuable learning!

Sheryl Chard
Principal
Brandon Park Primary School

Building Resilience in Children

I thoroughly enjoyed the entertaining and informative session run by Chris Daicos last night. I’ve come away with some great practical tips which I can implement straight away. It’s great the school is supporting parent with this session and the tools to help their kids build resilience. I’d highly recommend anyone attending her session if it is offered by the school again.

Paula Marovitch

Building Resilience in Children

I attended the ‘Building Resilience in Kids’ session with Chris Daicos on Monday and was thrilled I went. Chris had a great style and wicked sense of humour and was able to challenge some parenting myths without putting anyone down, instead encouraging us all to try something different and be open to failing; the exact same message we should be setting for our kids. Key insights into ways to build resilient children included the need to teach kids how to bounce back from setbacks rather than trying to shield them from every disappointment (we can’t be next to them forever!) as well as letting them have a go at doing things for themselves and teaching them it is ok to fail. If we continue to do everything for them or take over when they are struggling the only thing they learn is that we think we can do it better than them, a thought that made me very sad! She also emphasised the importance of listening to understand, not to respond, and attending to the little stuff when they are little as it all seems like big stuff to them at the time. I would highly recommend the session to any parent if we are lucky enough to have Chris back at the school.

Paula Marovitch

We look forward to working with you and Chris again in the future.

Yarraville West PS ( 2017)

Building Resilience In Children

Chris Daicos commanded the room beautifully with fun, interactive and, dare I say it, down right blunt guidance on Building Resilience in Children. Some information we already knew, lots of it we needed to know and a little of it was quite shocking (who knew kids could make their own lunch!). Either way, I think we all left with some great information we could put into practice almost immediately, however she strongly advised us not to go home and wake our kids up with our new found learnings, ‘Things are gonna change around here young man/lady!’

Parents were transported back into the school classroom where we had to contribute and participate in various activities – at times, a little uncomfortable at first, but then, gosh, dang, it was OK – we all got through it (I think that’s called ‘Resilience’!). But it was interesting for me to realise (and remember) that this is what our children do everyday at school (and here I was thinking they ‘just did stuff ’n that’).

Thanks to Yarraville West PS for providing us with this most valuable information.

Kelly Kearney ( 2017)