A new technique designed to help engage students, prevent bullying and build stronger student teacher relationships while promoting parent involvement has become popular among teachers who are teaching the whole student with Soul Shaping.
Soul Shaping is held during advisory periods, and takes the entire student into account. This includes mind, body, and sould, according to Robin Fawcett, director of secondary staffing for the Ector County Independent School District. It also promotes the opportunity for a student to have a positive relationship with an adult in the building.
The sessions have different names according to the campus where they are held. Topics are featured such as academics, body and gender issues, peer pressure, drugs and alcohol, managing emotions, and others.
Questions are designed to get students to talk to each other and their teachers, so they can better know one another.
Soul Shaping is modeled on a program which was developed at Eastwood Middle School in El Paso. The program has been in place there for approximately ten years. According to Fawcett, representatives from Ector County visited Eastwood several years ago when the subject was broached of converting to a middle school. Since then, teachers have returned as the two campuses have much in common.