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to enable them to change the ways they dealt
with bullying at the school.
Instead of using words like contentment,
denial, confusion and renewal, Janssen
used four pictures of figures in rooms that
had been used by Ikea this was Sweden,
remember as part of their management
development program. She put the four pic-
tures on a magnetic board in the classroom
for a couple of days before asking the chil-
dren about how they thought the figures in
the different rooms were feeling, and giving
them each a name.
The children agreed on 'contentment,'
'don't want,' 'want' and 'over the moon' to
describe the figures. Each child was then
given a magnet and asked to place it in the
room that best described how they were
feeling at that moment, and the class estab-
lished a ritual of moving their magnet on a
Over time, the children started moving
their own magnets without being asked to
do so and also significantly started pay-
ing attention to where the other magnets
were. Ulla Janssen then began encouraging
the children to talk about what they had
learned from the activity.
The results of this experiment have been
nothing short of extraordinary. After nine
years of working with the Four Rooms of
Change in the classrooms of the Strängnäs
School, bullying has completely disap-
Ulla Janssen is working with parents,
teachers and staff at the school to apply the
learning in a broader context and facilitate
change within the whole school commu-
nity. Principals from across Sweden and
Scandinavia have begun bringing the tools
into their own schools.
If we're serious about creating a major
transformation in our own education system
here in Australia, we might have something
to learn from the Swedish experience. The
Four Rooms of Change is a model which
is sufficiently simple to support children in
the classroom, but at the same time has the
depth to challenge the thinking and guide the
actions of a school community and perhaps
even the education system itself. Now that's
what I would call an education revolution. T
Mike Cook, a se nior consultant with
Clarion Lear ning, de velops and facili-
tates learning intervention s in the area of
leadership and team development, organi-
sational change and cultural integration.
or c all 03 5222 7083.
Goleman, D. (1996). Emotion al
Intellige nce: Why it c an matter more than
IQ. New York: Bantam .
Drusilla Copeland and Bengt Lindstrom
from Ander & Lindstrom Partners will
be running a introductory session on
the Four Rooms of Change in Schools in
Melbourne on 17 March 2010. Contact
email@example.com. au for more
For more inform ation on the Four Room s
of Change in Schools, visit w ww. andolin .
For Ulla Janssen's report on her program
at her school in Strängnäs, visit ww w.
andolin.com/pdf/psychology-in -the- cla ss-
For more on Six Seconds, visit
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