Do you think your students are adapting the skills taught in the programme?
I believe that students will adapt to the UPRIGHT program over time, it will make them more conscious and help them to be present, as well as enhance their resilience skills when they are dealing with difficult situations or tasks. Although students will not be able to master the content immediately, I would say that they will use it in one way or another. By increasing their knowledge of their mental health and utilizing our pitch stories, we contribute to students’ well-being. We reach a wider group, and everyone can find something of their interest. They gain self-confidence and are prepared to deal with life.
During the COVID-19 pandemic has UPRIGHT helped you in any way?
The UPRIGHT program has been useful for me during the COVID-19 pandemic. I have been present and been able to adjust myself. As a result, I have been there for the people around me and have been able to face my students in a calm and balanced way when needed.
Has UPRIGHT changed the ways that teachers work together?
One of our school’s strengths is adaptability and we try to handle every task that we are given. I have to say that we are lucky to been chosen as an intervention school for the UPRIGHT program. We have adopted the vocabulary of UPRIGHT and showed resilience throughout our work. I think over time, the UPRIGHT program and its learning will have a place in our school and affect the school spirit.
Do you have any messages for other UPRIGHT teachers?
The most important thing about the UPRIGHT program is to take it open-minded. It is a lot of interesting material. Teachers must demonstrate resilience, patience and be here and now. The material offers many teaching opportunities and is not necessarily limited to UPRIGHT classes, it can be adapted to other classes. From my point of view, teamwork is important, and that we share our ideas with other teachers and share access to material we want to use. Group meetings where teachers come together and share their experiences are also great.