PowToon is an animation site students love to use and they master it pretty quickly because they enjoy making animated presentations. The site is free to use and you can save and share the animated videos. This video has been made in PowToon and gives you an idea of what you could achieve if you decided to look at information in this way. While students are making something like this they are looking at options and ideas without being put on the spot. They are thinking about the different aspects of self-awareness, if that is what you choose to do with them , and making a video for an audience. They will take it seriously because of this. That also means they will be mulling over the ideas and information. Understood has a checklist of things to discuss with self-awareness. It has actually been designed for parents to use with teenagers, but there is no reason why teenagers couldn’t use it at school to create a presentation on self-awareness. Sometimes it helps to think in the third person rather than to focus on yourself.
You could do worse than listen to an Olympian to improve your personal and social capabilities. Olympians are resilient and they become experts in resilience. It’s good to hear from them and know that they are sharing these life lessons in a very productive way.
This is what social management is all about. Inspiring others. Finding the ways forward and the ways to lift others up. The good news is you do not have to wait another moment to make the world a better place. You can do it right now.
It’s true. We are quick to respond with physical first aid. We are learning to offer and accept mental first aid but we keep running into an emotional block with emotions. We can find them embarrassing, unacceptable, intolerable. We forget we are human and others are human so our first reaction is often to deny the emotions or tell ourselves off and put ourselves down. This video straightens the picture and gives insight into how we can help ourselves and others more appropriately and effectively.
Metacognition: Nurturing self- awareness in the classroom is a very thorough and well formulated article about how to help students reflect on their learning so that they gain insight and self-awareness. It introduces you to the concept of the Compass Advantage which is a very handy way of looking at how you deliver content and then get some good outcomes for the students. Dr. Marilyn Price-Mitchell argues a strong case for metacognition to aid self-awareness and learning:
Metacognition plays an important role in all learning and life experiences. Beyond academic learning, when students gain awareness of their own mental states, they begin to answer important questions:
- How do I live a happy life?
- How do I become a respected human being?
- How do I feel good about myself?
The article offers a number of strategies for building self-awareness in students and so is well worth reading and considering.
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I am not going to replicate what is in the article I am giving you a link to. You are quite capable of reading it for yourself. What is interesting is Christopher Pappas has linked emotional intelligence to e-learning and what we can do as teachers to acknowledge and build in the personal and social capabilities as we work with technology in our classrooms. ACARA supplies indicators and elements for us so it is a matter of ensuring we are addressing those as we implement tasks and content via technology.
Martin Seligman is the well-known, well-respected driving force behind Authentic Happiness and the benefits of applied positive psychology. I have featured him here before in past years on this blog . Positive Psychology and the Authentic Happiness site can do much to help us interpret the social management and self management aspects of our national curriculum. The site has plenty to look at , to think about and there are questionnaires, current ideas and views and videos. There are plenty of resources there to educate yourself and your students.