The Need: What problem are you trying to solve?
Each person is more than mind. Every action is triggered by a thought. But every thought is rooted in an emotion. Education systems virtually ignore two vital factors - emotions and the body - in personal - and therefore - academic development. Sanctions impose obedience and “progress” on students who are often reacting to emotional forces they are disconnected from. If ignored, such forces become needs that subconsciously drive perspective, decisions and all relationships - frequently resulting in negative behaviour, wider disengagement and a huge waste of potential and opportunity. Each student. Each Community. Each country. “Only connect...”
The Solution: What is your solution? Be specific!
“To be sensitised to others - become sensitised to yourself...” - CoolFire makes an immediate dynamic impact. A mix of therapeutic techniques including breathing, visualisation, bio-energetics, psychosynthesis - and more - enables students (age 7-13) to become aware of mind, body and emotions and start to consciously use - and change - their energy and feelings at any given time - transforming negative thoughts into positive action. By becoming the cause not the effect of their actions, students begin to make calm, conscious choices that transform relationships in all life scenarios - not only with teachers and peers but wider family and friends. The need for sanctions evaporates resulting in greater concentration, focus, motivation and attainment.
The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities
CoolFire - a 3-Phase modular programme. Schools select 1,2 or all 3 tailored modules to their needs.
Phase 1: Introductory CoolFire Workshop - Flexible 70-90 minutes
Theme: Students discover choice and techniques in using and directing their emotions and energy.
Like a drama workshop - students experience energetic exercises releasing tension and clearing mind, body and feelings. Also a sense of profound sense of stillness and energised calm in groups, pairs and individually. Transforms negative feelings into positive energy.
Phase 2: CoolFire PowerPack
Extends/embeds techniques of Phase 1 - daily brief tutor-time “mix-match” exercises combining breathing, visualisation, physical exercises, “Creating Change”.
Teacher/pastoral staff delivered - through 1-day training + support.
PowerLog - student’s own journal of emotional journey.
Teachers notice many positive emotional/empathetic changes within 2 weeks.
Phase 3: 11 In-depth Lesson formats - easily curriculum integrated
Teacher delivered - training + support.
Easy-to-follow lesson plans
Includes Psycho-synthesis techniques to enable students to identify and actively resolve emotional issues - expanding empathy, focus, motivation, confidence
Measurable outcomes - Phases 2/ 3 - Goodmans Scale/Outcome Star
Also - workshops - identified groups; Looked After Children; Transition Phase
Also - CoolFire : Connect - 3-phase programme - teachers/school staff
The Marketplace: Who are your peers and competitors? Identify others also working to address the needs you are and what differentiates you from them. What challenges could these players pose to your success or growth?
I’m aware of three emerging UK organisations who are not direct competitors, but offering specific practices or approaches based on developed infrastructures that could block access to CoolFire take-up. In each case, the CoolFire approach goes much deeper to actually effect sustainable change in students and/or staff.
PackCards: Analysis of Emotional Intelligence in schools as organisations and use in staff recruitment.
T’ai Chi - Exercises to promote learning.
Mindfulness: Various forms - based on Buddhist philosophy. CoolFire combines aspects of Mindfulness in a wider therapeutical mix that enables in-depth 1:1 work with students.