Global World

Well worth checking this short video!

Great introduction to several topics such as AIDS, internet, global changes, population, 1st world problems, social changes, world demographics etc. etc – endless list of topics.

 

Good communication in the classroom

 

While researching key tips for communication – I clearly have not cleared cookies recently as each hit I got was on how to communicate in the classroom and how body language can be read in the classroom.

Thus embracing the communication theme – a small blog on how to communicate in the classroom!


 

Most teachers know how to communicate in the classroom. They are fully aware of their presence in the classroom. Additionally, each student sitting in front of them is fully aware of their teachers each movement.

Due to this it’s important to refresh ourselves as teachers how much of an impact our body language and communication skills can have in the classroom.

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Look at this image and decide as a teacher – have you ever held any of these postures in the classroom? If yes, what triggered that reaction? Give a moment to think about the reaction and how it may have left a lasting impact on a student.


 

Reflecting on those postures – sometimes we are react without thinking. It’s our human side coming out. However, we do as role models have to suppress that side to us sometimes.

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We can’t  put our head in our hands when were asked questionable questions. We do have to smile through those moments in order to maintain a safe classroom environment were students feel comfortable in expressing themselves.


 

A single page which helped me through teaching practice and teaching in regards to this!

Teachings tips:  blogs.ubc.ca/educ316/files/2010/08/pdf.pdf


Will continue to update this blog post 🙂

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Communication

Body Language


Recently we have been discussing how to become an emphatic listener. However,  notably a huge amount of communication is done through body language.

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If 80% of what we say is communicated through our body – it does well to remember how we hold ourselves when communicating with someone.

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A big one for those who communicate while sitting down these are a few postures which may give away how you’re feeling without you realising. (Especially at parent teacher meetings!)

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Are you at fault of any of the above?

If so here a few tips on how to have positive open posture

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  1. Maintain eye contact – but be careful not to stare.
  2. Beware of blinking too much – it may communicate that you are uncomfortable or nervous about the conversation topic.
  3. To increase participation in a conversation, look like you’re interested!
  4. Smile
  5. Don’t cross your arms and legs!
  6. Nod when your talking.
  7. Lean in but not too close – remember personal space when talking to someone!
  8. Mirror the language that people use when talking to them – it shows your listening and allows them to reflect on what they have been talking about as well.
  9. Have confidence – don’t look nervous – it will come across as disinterested.
  10. Keep your head up high.

 


 

If you want to know learn more here a few readings to start you off:

  1. James Bong, Body Language: 7 Easy Lessons to Master the Silent Language (Peasrson Education: Sep, 2009)
  2. Patti Wood, Snap: Makinig the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma. (New World Library , 2012)
  3. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cutting-edge-leadership/201511/8-secret-body-language-cues-can-control-your-behavior

Fiat Chrysler is Giving Free College Tuition to Employees’ Spouses and Kids

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This image provoked many raised eyebrows. For those of you who don’t know the background to this image is of graduating students displaying how much debt they are in upon graduating from an American university. Though they may have had the best education in the world – the debt they are in is questionable.

However, on the flip side – Starbucks and Fiat Chrylser are giving free college tuition to families which can offer a lifeline to some students.  Source: Fiat Chrysler is Giving Free College Tuition to Employees’ Spouses and Kids

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For those of you who aren’t familiar with the cost of American tuition here is a blog on the top 10 most expensive colleges in america. Source: https://blog.4tests.com/top-10-most-expensive-colleges-in-america-are-they-worth-it/

 

Christmas?

Another airport blog about Religious Education! No shortage of inspiration today while waiting for planes.

@HeathrowAirport there is a sense of Christmas in the air with seasonal Eggnog and gingerbread flavoured lattes! There is also a hint of Christmas with the beautiful modern twist on the classic traditional Christmas tree!

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@DublinAirport there is Santa and Rudolph!

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This reminds me of the current debate of the new Starbucks cups released for the festive Season! However, this has caused a lot of controversy and backlash! (if you have not heard about the this current debate http://www.ischoolguide.com/articles/35232/20151121/starbucks-holiday-cup.htm here you go!)


 

The link between @HeathrowAirport, @DublinAirport and @Starbucks for this post and Education is – how do we respect Religions in the public sphere?

Christmas is one of the biggest commercial times of year and one of the most well known times of year for Religious reasons. Yet, there is always controversy around this time due to the cross over between commercial Christmas and yet it’s foundations lay in Religion.

This has promoted me to question should we say Happy Christmas as opposed to Happy Holidays?

This is an age old debate since the phrase has come into existence. We acknowledge how Christmas has come about through this comment and we can see it as a positive phrase where