Friday, 20 December 2013

Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

A TEDTalk poped up in my Facebook newsfeed - Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are. It had the tag line along the lines of 'Fake it Until You Make It" which spiked my interest as it was a saying one of my colleagues back home often referred to when she was having an off day or moment, so I automatically wanted to watch it.

This jogged my memory of the motivational coach come to talk during the orientation week when I was in Year 12 who also said body language is linked to how we feel and interact.

Cuddy's TEDTalk raises her personal story of "not meant to be here" which can extend to the personal and educational arena. We will have students who feel uncomfortable in a new school, ability wise, social circles, sporting teams just to name a few. It too can pull on us as educators when we possibly feeling a bit out of our depth in a situation, new position, personal life or sympathizing with a first year teacher.

This post may not have a direct correlation for education or the classroom, but felt it was important to share for the benefit of understanding people and emotions - after all we are all human.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Turn a Quote into a Masterpiece App - Recitethis App

Stumbled upon this cool like web app, called recitethis, that turns anything your write into a funky poster type format. Best thing is its so easy to use! All you do is type your text, choose the format and download or share!

This week my class liked my quote "Manners cost nothing… but they are priceless" when I was shocked at the lack of please and thank you's happening in the class. They thought I was so deep haha

So that was my first creations:

But I wanted to try a more creative background…..

Thought this could be handy for: 
  • creating posters for home group/pastoral/advisory
  • getting students to find their favorite quote and sharing
  • using it to summarize an activity
  • anything where they have to create something (anti bullying campaign)
  • "headline" visible thinking routine
  • thank you/get well/farewell cards

Monday, 16 December 2013

Doing something badly... and continue doing it

I rediscovered this quote recently and it reminded me of the TEDTalk I saw by a colleague, Liz Perry.

"I invite you to go out and do something badly.... and keep on doing it."
                                                                                          -Liz Perry

It was a timely reminder that we are not perfect. We are all learners at different stages and its ok to not be good at something! It's fine to give yourself permission to do something badly, then preserver as it gives the opportunity for amazing things to bloom....

So, what will you do badly?

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend

This was recommended to me by a fellow colleague on the Grade 8 team. I showed it to my advisory group as this week looked very busy with many assessments falling on the second last week of term.

Stress is often associated with many negative side effects, but this video takes a slightly different tack, as mentioned in the blurb associated with this TEDTalk:

"Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others."

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Advisory: Goal Setting

Student Goal Setting can be difficult. I feel sometimes we have overdone it - students have seen it year in and year out and can tune out just to say "oh, here we go again..."

Its goal setting time again in my school. I am trying to make it meaningful and achievable to my students. I am not comeplty sure - I guess we will see at the end!

I started off with a quote from Albert Einstien:

Introduced them to the idea of SMART goals, which ia an acyrnoym to advoiding some of the pitfalls of setting goals and not reaching them.

Over the next few advisory lessons I will get them to link about their goals and what it looks like, feels like and sounds like when they achieve them. Visualization an actually recognizing when they achieve it can be a powerful guide.

Then the next lesson I introduced them into planning out a path to your goal with this fantastic and very cute video. I just love it! The cartoons are fabulous and the accompanying music just is is sweet, but i love the fact there is no voiceover - students have to READ and ENGAGE with the clip. :)

Advisory Game: Zip, Zap Boing!

My advisory group loves this game!

The introduced it to me this year and we often play it if we have some down time - its called....


The rules are fairly simple and an example instructional video can bee seen on YouTube. When we get down to the last 3 people, students can only zip or zap (since the boing becomes a bit pointless!). When it is the last two our winner is decided by a face-off. One student says "soup soup" and the other has to respond "soap soap". who ever gets tounge twisted first is is the runner up.