My favorite session at the Fall CUE Conference last month was led by Roni Habib, who is a psychology teacher at Gunn High School. His focus is improving students' self-image so that they can be more successful in their work and personal relationships. He begins by asking questions, like "If students don't see themselves as creative, how can we expect them to solve problems?" and "If student don't see themselves as lovable, how can we expect them to find life partners?" He leads activities designed to acknowledge negative emotions, normalize failure, and facilitate positive interactions so that participants can let go of their hang-ups and approach problems in new ways. If you enjoyed Dan Pink's TED Talk on motivation a few years ago, I think you might be interested in his work. I hope that you will check out his slides from the session I attended or consider attending his workshop on emotional intelligence for teachers in Palo Alto this spring.
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