Jayne Sbarboro offers classroom presentations for $50 for up to three classrooms This cost is adjusted with the purchase of books and/or specific school limited budgets.
A few clips of Jayne presenting to an elementary school in Denver, 2019.
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PROVIDE YOUR STUDENTS a more proactive approach to resiliency.
The author, who was an award-winning teacher, facilitates conversations in your classroom to help your children articulate their individual qualities of heart. She offers these free because she believes so strongly in helping kids.
In our experience, classroom workshops tend to take two class sessions, of approximately 35-40 minutes each. These need to be spread out over a week or two. Students need time to work independently between sessions to draw and write.
First session (facilitated): We present ideas and definitions, leading students to generate ideas for their own strengths. They often don’t even know how many strengths they already have!
Independent session (this happens without facilitation, or on an as needed conference): Students usually use end of day time or writing workshop time to further develop their abilities. They are also welcome to connect with the author for support.
Second Session (facilitated): We bring the whole class together in a circle to share their favorite heart quality (or if there is time, two of them).
Note: During the presentations, teachers must stay with their classroom and help facilitate their students’ qualities. This is especially effective because the teacher’s relationship with students is paramount, and the students who need the most support really need it from their teacher. The facilitators’ presence can help the teacher have more time to focus on individuals.
Facilitators begin by reading The Truest Heart to students using the school’s projector or Promethean board. We note that students tend to identify very strongly with the main character, Ze, who is lying on the carpet in tears. Their natural desire to help is stirred.
Using the audio-clip to generate ideas, and examples from other students, the facilitator helps children understand that Truest Heart qualities are the same things they do in their own life, they just haven’t learned to name them as strengths.