On March 9, I had the privilege of taking 6 students from the Bellarine Campus to participate in a special 'MYTERN' forum, located at the Senior School campus with Dr Jane Foster.
The purpose of the forum was to explore how to further implement this program into our Middle School so that students reap the rewards and develop their emotional intelligence. The students were fully engrossed in the day, and provided valuable feedback to the staff and to Dr Jane Foster as to how they would like to see the program unravel in their classrooms.
Here is what Tiarna Bett had to say about the forum:
Mytern is a program created by Dr Jane Foster. The name MYTERN stands for 'Take Emotional Responsibility Now.' Mytern was established to encourage people of any age to be more emotionally intelligent, build more emotional resilience and teach society to have control over their reactions to others. It shows these concepts through the idea of a steering wheel and different coloured roads - red being 'rough' emotions, including jealousy, sadness and aggression, and green roads representing 'smooth' emotions, including generosity, happiness and confidence.
MYTERN builds resilience in people of all ages by teaching them how to move from a red road to a green road. Through MYTERN we are taught that it is ok to be on a red road. I thought the forum was really valuable, worthwhile and it taught me a lot about how I can manage my own emotions, and that I’m not responsible for other people’s emotions and behaviours. I look forward to learning more about this at school.