St Patrick’s Primary School - Bega
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Bega NSW 2550
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FROM THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

On Wednesday of this week I went to Professional Learning course and the presenter mentioned that at times teachers can have Project Fatigue. This comment got me thinking, who else has Project Fatigue……can parents have Project Fatigue. After much thought I concluded that everyone can have Project Fatigue.

When I use the term Project Fatigue, I mean the feeling you have when you set a goal, gained some traction and success, but over time there has been a lull in progress.

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Imagine you have decided that the amount of sugar in your child’s lunch box needs to decrease. You have done your research and you know that packaged foods, are full of sugar and not at all good for your child’s learning. You no longer put packaged foods in their lunch box, there are no more muesli bars, chips, packaged fruit juice or packaged dried fruit straps. The first week was great, your child’s feedback was great, they loved the novelty of the new food and looked forward to a new lunch every day. Week two; no more comments, all is going well. Week three; the challenges began, you didn’t have enough time to make the fresh lunch, your child was complaining, you wondered whether you were actually doing the right thing, the complaints were getting you down.

This is what the facilitator of the Professional Learning referred to as Project Fatigue. You’d set a goal, you’ve had some success but the longevity of it, was wearing you down.

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SO, what to do?      Keep at it. In terms of new behaviours this is called the storming stage. There are three stages; forming, storming, and norming.  Forming is the stage when you are forming a new behaviour and there is a generous amount of positive energy around the new behaviour. Storming is what I have described. Norming is the stage you come to after the storming, this new behaviour becomes the norm. One cannot get to norming without storming.

Consistency, sticking to the rules and predictability can be challenging at times. However following through will not only give you a better outcome short term, but long term you will be teaching your children that learning and practising new behaviours takes time and practise.