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Transcript of Teacher Empowerment
Your Experience (Think Pair share)
Helplessness What is the answer? "The answer to this question is a very personal one. The answer comes when each teacaher makes a personal decision to reach for the best in themselves, their present circumstances and others. The answer comes when each teacher makes a personal commitment to a new positive way of thinking and being in the world. The answer comes when each teacher strives to reach for a greater connection with their spiritual core and as such connects with the spiritual core of their students and colleagues. The answer is about positivity, the answer is about spirituality, but most of all the anwer is about empowerment. For too long we have given our power away to others. The time has come for us to personally and decisively take our power back and lay claim to the peace and fulfillment that should come from being a member of one of the greatest most influential professions in the world" (Empowerment of Teachers, 2009, p.3). Answers that Empower
Spirituality Positive Psychology Broaden and Build Theory of Positive Emotion (Fredrickson, 2009) "The evidence shows that simply imaginging a joyful memory or receiving a small kindness can make a difference in the ease with which people locate creative and optimal solutions to the problems they face on a daily basis" (Fredrickson, 2009, p.59) Barbara Fredrickson has proven through her own research and the research of others that positive emotions not only broaden a peron's ability to come up with creative and effective solutions to a problem, but strengthens a person's ability over time to be resilient and overcome life's challenges. Physician Study
Alice Isen of Cornel University
Physicians that were given a gift or a piece of candy were better clinical reasoning than those who were not given such a gift. (as cited in Frederickson, 2009, p. 56) Try this:
1) Study the back of your hand-get to know it intimately (colours, veins, textures, etc.)
2) Assume that you have a free half hour to do whatever you wish- write down a list of what you want to do right now.
3) Think of an incredebely joyful moment in your life - picture it in your head- how did it feel? Dwell with that feeling for awhile.
4) Now make a list of what you want to do right now. Amusement or Serenity?
Friderickson et al. ramdomly assigned subects to condition of amusement, serenity, anger or fear, or neutrality.
They then subjects to make a list of what they wanted to do right now.
The group that experienced amusement or serenity came up with longer lists than those that experience anger, frear or neutrality. What Does All This Mean for Teachers?
Teacher's are faced with problems everyday, whether it be student behaviour or how to teach a particular lesson. If we could just find a way to feel positive we can become better able to solve these problems, because more possibilities will be available to us. Also by reaching for positivity more often when faced with problems we will be buiding our inner resources which will make us better able to solve these problems in the future. Spirituality
Science and Meditation
Abraham via Esther and Jerry Hicks Science and Meditation Newberg and Waldman (2009) Memory functioning in
aging subject Subjects were trained to meditate 12 minutes a day for a period of eight weeks.
After eight weeks the subjects showed a 10 to 20 percent increase in memory recall, concentation, and verbal fluency
Brain scans showed significant increase in activity in the anterior cingulate Anterior Cingulate
contains spindle-shaped cells called von Economo neurons
von Economo neurons are "involved in the development of social awareness skills by integrating our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. They guide us toward positive emotions and away fom negative ones" (Newberg & Waldman, 2009, p.125).
stress reduces functioning of these neurons
environements full of love, communication and sensory stimulation strengthen the functioning of these neurons
Newberg found that meditation strengtens a circut in the brain that the Anterior Cingulate is part of. Other studies have shown that people who meditate for at least 30 minutes a day, for long periods of time were shown to have exceptional abilities to be compassionate in situations where compassion was very rare (as cited in Newberg & Waldman, 2009) This evidence is important because it indicates the power that we have over our own world and our ability to effect positive change in our lives. While some may see mediation soley as a means of connectin with the mystical nature of the universe, these studies show that meditation can actually be vital to optimal functioning in our everday physical world. Why is the Significance of this Scientific
Evidence on Meditaiton? Abraham via Esther and Jerry Hicks
The law of attraction
Emotional Guidance System
significance to teachers The Power of Focus Lists of Positive Aspects Pivoting- I know what I don't want now what do I want. Focus Wheel Heart and Soul in Education
“Each time I walk into a classroom, i can choose the place within myself from which my teaching will come, just as I can choose a place within my students towards which my teaching will be aimed. I need not teach from a fearful place: I can teach from curiosity or hope or or empathy or honesty, places that are as real within me as are my fears. I can have fear, but I need not be fear--if I am willing to stand someplace else in my inner landscape.”