Our facilitators are the equivalent of teachers in traditional school. However, we see a big difference between a teacher and a facilitator. Here is a description for the role of a Creative Bridges Facilitator:
Facilitate Learning: To facilitate means to "make easy." A facilitator supports learners by being aware of and removing barriers to the intention-creation-reflection cycle. They encourage learners to create and meet challenges, create healthy relationships, define their own success, help with organization of learner requests, set and hold rhythms, nurture individual growth. Support the learners offerings and passions. We leave space to dive into learners projects with them, or, just spend time with them with no agenda other than to connect with them as people. We look for what learners love to do and do it with them. We find ways that stay solution-oriented. We look for and speak to the opportunity for growth when something doesn't work. We circle back with each learner at the end of the day in our reflection meeting to discuss what worked for them, what they would like to change or improve and ways of doing that.
Develop Authentic Relationships: We support trust, freedom, respect, responsibility, and democracy. We own our feelings, communicate effectively, and spend time getting to know learners. We aren't afraid to tell learners when we've made a mistake, and let them observe the process of fixing it. We are open about what's actually going on for ourselves, and not hiding our thoughts, feelings and fears, but speaking of them appropriately, responsibly, and within a context of growth and intentionality for ourselves and the learners. We know vulnerability creates the opportunity for genuine connection.
Safety: Facilitators help ensure that the choices made by the learners are physically and emotionally safe, legal, and respectful. Physical safety includes making sure that the tools are used appropriately, people are accounted for, and no one's body is in harm's way, minimizing the risk of serious injury. Emotional safety includes working with learners to keep the space free from bullying, ensuring everyone feels they can express themselves without fear. We faciliatate emotional support, no harassment, and that each member is seen as a human being whose thoughts, and feelings are valid. Confining options to those legally permissible helps ensure that the center can continue to exist and operate. Choices must respect the needs and feelings of the others in the community. We own our authority while supporting their autonomy.
Modeling: We trust kids process, practice self-awareness, curiosity, self-care, respectful relationships, healthy communication. We foster and nourish healthy relationships with the community. We talk about our expectations and disappointments without making others feel responsible for our happiness. We desire to create an example of your community holding itself.
We also enjoy using what's called the six C's, in which author Roberta Michnick Golinkoff writes about in her book, "Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us about Raising Successful Children." Here is how we incorporate them into our school:
Encouraging each learner to appreciate that they can act on their world individually or collectively to transform it. This promotes creativity and confidence. We know each child is good, and brings to our school many skills. By repeatedly telling them this, it builds confidence in who they are.
During our Reflection Meeting, we speak about how they are the creators of their day and they are responsible for their words, actions, and ideas. This promotes critical thinking and mindful learning.
Creating a safe atmosphere of openness and trust to promote communication.
By encouraging the learners curiosity, they seek out content with which we help them manage.
By growing communication, we can then move to facilitating collaboration within all aspects of our day.Beginning at the Intention meeting and ending in the Reflection meeting
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