Why might it be problematic to use praise to motivate learners? A praise is a way to express admiration or approval for someone’s characteristics, values, or merit. It comes in the form of a verbal reward. Examples Good job! Wow! You are so amazing! Well done on getting an A! Excellent answer Mario! I like … Continue reading Shifting from Praise to Encouragement
Sources that influence self-efficacy
Self-efficacy is an individual’s belief in his/her/their own ability to attain a certain goal. Our beliefs about competence and confidence to achieve influence our achievement. So, what can influence the development of our self-efficacy? I made a visual summary of the four factors that we have control over to make our students grow their self-efficacy. … Continue reading Sources that influence self-efficacy
Are international schools investing in interconnectedness?
A messy post with ideas that needed to come out! Are we really preparing students for the future? Going back to the series I just co-created with Anil Friedman on Emotional Intelligence, we know that Emotional Intelligence is increasingly important and more than IQ! Also, Michio Kaku describes that the jobs of the future will … Continue reading Are international schools investing in interconnectedness?
PD that makes us thrive! My thoughts about #ISTE20 Live
You are thinking of attending #ISTE20 Live but not quite sure? I am sharing with you my experience and some research findings about how this conference is not like any other, it over delivers in so many aspects because it’s designed to make us thrive! Key Pointers: The conditions for intrinsically motivating PD is when … Continue reading PD that makes us thrive! My thoughts about #ISTE20 Live
Books that promote Child Safeguarding, Global Citizenship, Inclusion, #BLM, LGBTQ+
I had created this list for an order in my previous school and I believe it can save other people’s time! The following books promote Child Safeguarding, Global Citizenship, inclusion, Black lives matter, LGBTQ+ All are welcome by Penfold, Alexandra (2018) Families by Rotner, Shelley (2015) The family book by Parr, Todd (2017) A family … Continue reading Books that promote Child Safeguarding, Global Citizenship, Inclusion, #BLM, LGBTQ+
Authentic learning opportunities are everywhere!
Whether children are unschooled, homeschooled, on holidays, doing distance learning…. or not, they all have plenty of learning opportunities around them. What do you see? According to you, what learnings might occur just by engaging children in cooking? What might children UNDERSTAND (concepts) and be able to DO (skills)?
Books on failing forward for primary students
Failing… I just saw a Grade 4 student cry today. He would not say why and wiped his tears quickly. I asked a friend of his who told me that he had come last in the run and that’s why he was upset. I felt empathetic. I imagined how it feels when you don’t get … Continue reading Books on failing forward for primary students
LOTS & HOTS to work with Gifted and Talented
Have you taken into consideration Bloom’s taxonomy when designing a lesson plan? I am aware of the Bloom taxonomy, however I used the Marzano & Kendall taxonomy more, i particular the useful verbs of his their taxonomy that helps specify what kind of function or process our students are engaged in. It works well in an International Baccalaureate environment … Continue reading LOTS & HOTS to work with Gifted and Talented
My old Farewell
I just came across my farewell video from 3 years ago when I left my old school…
Grounding activities are warming up your participants and assuming they are ready to learn, come with a positive mindset and want to grow. I prefer this term to “ice-breaker” that assumes people need to break this ice, that the atmosphere is ice cold and perhaps the minds are close and rigid… Here are some very … Continue reading Grounding activities