Our latest event, "How to Build Emotional Intelligence", from Hong Kong's paramount teacher trainers, was about marshmallows...
Taking the classic experiment from Stanford University as a guide, all the teachers were given a marshmallow and a choice: eat one now, or eat two later. The secret is of course that the strategies you use to harness your feelings for an outcome can have a big effect on your life. Eating one would have been okay, but there is a certain sweetness in reward that makes two better than twice as good. 😊
The training looked at a key question: What do we, as teachers, know about human behaviour, and how can we become skilled in managing emotions to achieve what we want in life?
Some key answers are in recognizing how important it is to know your own emotional state, not in order to make it the thing to be controlled by a rational mind, but something which is delightfully and usefully human; and a clear awareness of the emotions of others, and how to respond to them.
High EI produces happier, healthier people and marshmallows with a longer shelf life. 😊
One of the key aspects of learning is the concept of the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD), developed by Soviet psychologist Lev Vygotsky, which is that for learning to be effective, students must be at the right level. Students who are above or below the level of material (generally speaking) can face challenges in learning. The first step towards addressing this issue is in adequate placement testing. There are a number of placement tests on the market, but most schools tend to rely on their in-house assessment systems which tend to be somewhat informal and light in analysis. In this training workshop, we will address the issue of placement tests and how to use them.
August 7th:Neuroscience and Learning
In this workshop, we will look at how the structures of the brain function and how an awareness of these functionalities help us as teachers. We will also take a look at what the future may hold in education; that targeting particular areas of the brain for specific development through advanced techniques may have a greater effect on learning than an improvement in material or teaching methodology. Guest speaker Stuart Strathdee is currently completing his Master's in Neuroscience and will talk on insights neuroscience brings us as educators.