The Rock and Water program I found to be extremely motivating and educational on a personal and professional level. I am inspired to make my teaching more fun, practical and engaging for boys and girls. My tolerance of boys I feel will be much greater due to a better understanding of why they behave like they do. The reflection personally on my attitudes towards others and ideas has been challenged and it is great to realise you are much stronger than you thought. Sometimes in life you lose yourself and forget the importance of self respect and self belief. - Teacher, May 2012.
This is the best professional development I have ever done, I can't wait to implement the program at my school. - Steven, Teacher. May 2012.
The three day workshop was amazing, the ability to use combat and movement to actually find out what boys are actually feeling and thinking. I can see a lot of value in this program with a number of students who may not be aware of boundaries. I can also see how to adapt this program in daily class routine and classroom management. The 3 day workshop has helped me personally to become aware of the vital role I play as a teacher, father and male role model. Well done and thank you. - Teacher, May 2012.
What would you say the strengths of the Rock and Water Program are?
Majority of the program is done through physical activity and participation. Brian encourages and involves every student in the class positively!! It is delivered in a way where everyone is equal and valued. - Sally Thomas Acres Public School, November 2009
An inspiring presenter with a passion for great stories which always had the group enthralled. Something I personally aspire to be like. Thank you Brian. - Ben, November 09
I would say a strength of the program is the hands on approach that you get to actually do what you will teach later. Inclusive of everyone. No one gets left out. - Anna, Wesley Mission, November 09
Strength of the program - The way that physical actions were always related back to the mental capacity..... feeling grounded / centred and having increased strength, flexibility, fluidity as a result. Brian's delivery, sense of humour and awareness was GREAT. - Heather, LaSalla College, November 09
Practicality, authenticity and relevance. - Teacher, November 09
That it is a hands on program that will allow all students to be active and positive participants. It allows you, the teacher, to develop further your skills for reflection and approiate reactions to situations you will find that are presented to you. - Gregory, NSW DET, November 09
What aspects of the program did you find most useful or relevant to your own teaching or work content?
All the physical grappling games - so that the boys can channel their energy into those. Pluse the goal setting ideas and the exploration of manhood / warrior. - Cydny, November 09
The centre and grounding and alternatives to aggression. - Ben, Southern Community Welfare, November 09
How to teach particular 'skills' to boys (i.e. Self Control, dicision making, compromise) in a way that engages them and relates to their physical and neurological 'make up' as they are completely different to girls and vice versa. - Sally, Thomas Acres Public School, November 09
Anti bullying, self respect, how to avoid a fight. - Micahel, Nowra Anglican College, November 2009