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
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
What a wonderful opportunity to learn from and along Anil Friedman about the importance of Emotional Intelligence (EI). We have recorded 6 short video clips to share important aspects of EI. Please share back and subscribe to the channel if you want to know more about this topic in the future. We would love to … Continue reading Why we need more EI than IQ
As I continue to read and hear the pain teachers go through globally, I wanted to share some points that seem appropriate for teachers to breathe. Resist the belief that self-care is selfish. This unhealthy message of glorifying overworking is detrimental to our wellness and eventually to our students’ learning. Take care of you, for … Continue reading Lots of admiration for all teachers
We all have dreams. Creating a vision board can help make it visible and tangible to ourselves and others around us. When we have such board in front of us, every day, we remember what’s important and how we might live intentionally to get closer to our goals, aspirations and dreams. As I realize the … Continue reading Creating a vision board to realign
I feel you teachers. Things aren’t getting any easier. Your cup is empty. You push through but forget yourself. You don’t believe you can attend to your own wellbeing and you aren’t able to pause, breathe and recover from this highly stressful period. I am sending you all positive thoughts and hoping that all the … Continue reading Allow yourself to breathe.
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+
We know that many teachers around the world suddenly had to change their practice and are also, like almost everyone on earth by now, affected by the unprecedented situation of the covid-19 pandemic. School campuses are closing and many teachers are now teaching through distance learning as well as managing the situation that comes along … Continue reading Teachers, remember to breathe
If you haven’t read Lee Ann Jung and Dominique Smith’s article on Tearing Down the Behaviour Charts yet, here is a visual and interactive summary that you might find appealing. Spread the word, this is so important to stop PUNITIVE practices and move to RESTORATIVE ones. https://www.thinglink.com/card/1312775624791687170
I created this video for my French learners. I use it as a routine to start the class so students can come in, relax, calm down and then feel ready to learn: Feel free to share away!