6 Ways to Help Anxious Children during Coronavirus — Behaviour101

While we scramble to keep our children busy in these days of quarantine, it is essential to identify if a child is showing symptoms of anxiety. With so much uncertainty around the future, children are bound to feel overwhelmed and anxious. I feel obligated to share this post as we all have our children’s best interests in our hearts. Do give it a read!

Do you have an anxious child right now? Will they benefit from direct strategies to combat this feeling or will a subtle approach work better? This article provides both.

via 6 Ways to Help Anxious Children during Coronavirus — Behaviour101

Tackle Children’s Anxiety with Journaling — Behaviour101

In these dark and uncertain times, it is easy to feel lost and lose all hope. But we must carry on as our children and family depend on us. Sharing a fantastic post about journaling that will take your mind off the problems for a while. Do read!

 

Do you know a child who is anxious right now or struggling to deal with uncertainty? Try guide them towards journaling using the following tips, prompts and science.

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Understanding why children misbehave

It is common sense to identify the problem before offering a solution. But the problem with today’s fast-paced world is that we don’t spend enough time understanding the problem, and are quick to jump to conclusions. Read this cool post why children misbehave. I believe every teacher should read it!

Throwing water on an electrical fire will not put the fire out, it can make things worse. Similarly, bringing out a reward chart to solve the wrong problem behaviour could exacerbate the situation.

via Why do children misbehave? — Behaviour101

Planning Ahead for Professional Development

Found this well articulated piece while scrolling through my feed. I feel it’s worth sharing. Do give it a read!

We are in the dog days of the school year. It is tough. It is a grind. Everyone is looking toward Spring Break. We’ve done school with these rosters of classes for a while now. Sure, we’ve had several holidays, but they always end with parents making social media posts about how happy they are […]

via Planning Ahead for Reflection — Personal Professional Development

Ignoring Work-Life Balance

I am back! After a long hiatus from teaching and blogging, I finally feel ready to get back on the horse. For those of you who don’t know, I wasn’t keeping well in the last couple of months. I felt mentally exhausted and it lead to a lousy Christmas and lacklustre New Year. You could say I experienced what educators call a teacher’s burnout!

Through this post, I would like to talk a little about how work-life balance is essential for a teacher’s emotional and mental well-being. Most teachers have to juggle reviewing the curriculum, chalking out lesson plans, planning lectures and executing them in class, handling children from all walks of life, helping out in school administration, setting test question papers, correcting test papers, parent-teacher meetings, teacher conferences, and the list goes on and on…And not to mention the responsibility of imparting wisdom on students and inspiring them to improve. That’s a lot to handle, and over a period of time it can drain you mentally.

It is important to strike a work-life balance to flourish in your personal and professional life. Most teachers I know are workaholics and find trouble in allocating time for themselves every week. There is lack of boundaries between professional and personal life as our doors are always open to students in need.When you devote all your time to your profession, there is very little time for your family and friends. And this could lead to unwanted strain in relationships. While I understand whoever enters this profession loves to teach and enjoy talking to students, it doesn’t mean we can’t find couple of hours every week to unwind, and let our hair down. Reading a book, watching a movie, catching up with an old friend, spend quality time with family, indulging in a hobby, etc, is as important as teaching.

I learnt this the hard way. And after seeing some dark days where nothing seemed right, I am glad to say that I am back to doing what I love!

10 ways to build trust with your students

Trust is not just a five letter word. It is a feeling of comfort and understanding that takes time and effort to develop between two people.  The relationship between a teacher and students blossoms only when it is built on the foundation of trust. Read this article to know how you develop a trusting bond with your students.

Everyone knows it, the most important thing you can gain in the classroom is trust. Get your students to trust you and then anything is possible, barriers will no longer be up, they won’t be scared to experiment and risk making mistakes, in a nutshell, you will have created an environment that is conducive to […]

via 10 ways to get your students to trust you — Learning lessons from TEFL

How To Create Headline Poetry In Classroom?

I have been blogging for a while. Once in a while, I come across a post that totally blows my mind. This is one such post, and I obviously had to share! Do read this awesome blog and check out the pictures of headline poetry created by high school students…

Watch older students create stunning expressions from everyday language This year, for the first three days of school, I again indulged in headline poetry with my students. It was a new activity for my new high school students and I was glad for that. (I’ve introduced headline poetry to middle schoolers in the past. Click […]

via Headline poetry for high school students — ELA Brave and True: A Blog by Marilyn Yung

Reinventing Personal Development with Growth Mindset

 

This is a guest post by Gabriella Lawson, Teacher Developer for Monash College English Language Centre. Gaby is responsible for helping to develop teachers’ classroom delivery through designing and running professional development and observing and feeding back on teaching practice. Our main focus is always on teaching and helping our students, so it is sometimes easy to […]

via Developing Teachers with a Growth Mindset — elt-resourceful

Is It Time To Bid Farewell To Essay Writing As An Assessment Tool?

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about the state of essay writing in our school curriculum. Essays have been one of the traditional assessment tools for many years now. But there has been a steady decline in students’ interest when it comes to writing essays. With more and more emphasis on ed-tech and new-age learning techniques, some educators might feel that essays as an assessment tool are becoming obsolete. Continue reading “Is It Time To Bid Farewell To Essay Writing As An Assessment Tool?”