Alexander in Education
Below is a short film (7 mins) showing all the ways Alexander Technique is being used in education and it explains ways it could be helpful to children and young adults in the future, developing self understanding and skills for life. Included in the film is Educare Small School and my teaching of Alexander technique there.
Why have Alexander work in schools?
Learning the Alexander Technique is about acquiring practical skills that enable and empower us all to use ourselves - our bodies and minds - in the way that we were designed to. If we are able to do this we can grow, learn and work to our true potential.
What does it offer teachers?
It gives teachers great self-care skills: helping them
- Reduce stress and anxiety.
- Look after their bodies and prevent damaging wear and tear while working in a classroom, especially important where teachers have to cope with a child-sized environment.
- Look after their voices
I PROVIDE: teachers Inset day workshops and ongoing lessons or classes. There is a range of inset day modules available, varying form 2 hours to whole day. Please contact me for more details.
What does it offer pupils?
The Alexander Technique has been used for many years within the music departments of our top private schools, such as Eton and Malbourgh and Universities and Colleges. However, over the last 20 years, the Alexander Technique has been applied in a wider context throughout education and the curriculum with great effect.
It helps pupils:
•Understand and manage reactions to stress and conflict better.
•Increase emotional resilience and improve impulse control.
•Increase physical and emotional literacy and aid a growth mindset.
•Increase intelligent self awareness
It also importantly makes the learning process more comfortable.
Pupils learn how to;
•Sit poised and balanced with less effort thus reducing the likelihood of back pain, an ever-growing problem even in school children.
•Write, read, use a computer, play sport and musically instruments etc without excess tension and in a more co-ordinated way.
•Focus with more ease, have easy attention.
•Be open to learning – understanding that making mistakes is all part of learning and not to be feared. We can learn from our mistakes and become better at something (by staying with the process and being less focused only on the end result).
Alexander work with adults is often seen as a re-education; unlearning, undoing unhelpful habits and consciously reinstating a more efficient and effective way of thinking and doing things. The BIG advantage of introducing Alexander Technique at an early stage of child development is that for example, children of nursery age mostly have naturally good use and older children’s bad habits are not as ingrained as adults. By bringing them conscious knowledge of this natural poise and use, AT is able to reinforce good use and give children the skills to maintain it through their education and into their life beyond.
I OFFER PUPILS a range of ways to learn the Alexander Technique, ranging from Experience Days to term long courses. There are options for group classes and /or individual or small group tailored lessons. Alexander technique fits well into PSHE lessons, but can be used within other parts of the curriculum. AT can be taught through games, drawing, writing, story telling and many different physical activities.
Please contact me for more information.
Esther’s gentle, calm manner and her knowledge of working with children have quickly made her one of our favourite Alexander teachers at Educare Small School. She has brought her own ideas and ways of working to the Alexander Technique curriculum already in place, and the children love working with her. Elizabeth Steinthal, Head Teacher, Educare Small School