Sue Merry - Educare Small School
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The Alexander Technique at Educare Small School
Sue Merry MSTAT working with children between the ages of 3 and 11 years at Educare Small School in Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, UK. Filmed around 2007 by Karl James of the Dialogue Project. Music "H...
 
 

 


Why Use Alexander Technique in the Classroom?
Why Use Alexander Technique in the Classroom?
Understanding how we function is essential to ensure the well being of our children now and into adulthood. The Alexander Technique teaches us how we are meant to function and how to ensure that we use ourselves in such a way as to allow this functioning to happen. 
For Teachers and Parents
We need to provide the optimum conditions for our children to feel safe, to find balance and to feel nurtured. If we understand how the self comes into balance when the head, neck, back relationship is flowing correctly we can create conditions conducive to this flow. In this balanced state the child is free from stress and able to function efficiently. A happy learner is a good learner.
For Teachers and Parents
For Children
For Children
Learning how to allow the self to stay in balance and how to re-find that balance when it is lost is the most amazing and unusual skill to possess. It should be taught to every child in every school. It is far more important than any other skill because if you have this ability in place it makes learning everything else much easier. If you are functioning well it is axiomatic that you can then perform well at whatever you are doing. You may not become a genius or champion runner for example, but you will be much more likely to feel good about yourself and your achievements while accepting happily that you can’t be the best at everything!
In The Classroom
At Educare we teach children how to not interfere with – and thus activate – the free balancing mechanism that is located at the point where the base of the skull meets the top of the spine (the atlanto-occipital joint). When this mechanism (called by Alexander ‘The Primary Control’) works correctly the head balances freely on the top of the spine. This enables the rest of the body to be balanced and to start to function optimally. The whole self is affected, not just muscles and bones.In order to remember to activate the Primary Control in all situations we start to teach the children to put in a STOP between the stimulus and the response to the stimulus. We STOP in order to re-organise ourselves to ensure that the Primary Control is allowed to work. Then we respond. This can be taught as a part of any activity. To aid all this teaching we also make sure that the classroom environment is conducive to good use of the self. 
In The Classroom
Using Trip Trap Chairs and Stools
Using Trip Trap Chairs and Stools
Chairs are colour-coded and adjusted to different sizes. Each child knows which size/colour is right for them
The Furnture Really Helps the Children to Use Themselves Well
My work is to ensure that each child has the option to use themselves well. It is then their choice to pick this option, or not.
The Furnture Really Helps the Children to Use Themselves Well
Movement Circle
Movement Circle
Each day begins with Movement Circle. Everyone practices a mixture of Alexander Technique, Brain Gym, EFT, stretches, and various energy balancing procedures. Then we are ready to play and learn.
Quiet Time
After lunch each day everyone lies down. We listen to beautiful music and practice Hook-ups, Alexander Technique and meditation. When I am on site I can do some Alexander hands-on work and the older children can help me.
Quiet Time





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