Is innovation on the lessons only technology’s usage?

“All learning has an emotional base.” Plato

It is well-known fact that the more we use technology, the more advanced we become. Our students are the representatives of the “digital generation” and we are happy, because they are able to orient in the world of technologies:  students are able to find the information in the Internet, they are able to create own presentations with a great deal of imagination, they are able to design own sites and know how to make friends on-line. Like most teachers, I also like to give tasks connected with searching something for the subject on the lessons by using the laptops. The tasks can be different in length and ideas. Students like them. However, I personally do not consider the usage the technology as innovative as it was 5 years ago as well as I do not welcome greatly digital devices in the primary school’s lessons, because of possible health problems.

While seeking for the material, I have crossed the video connected with innovation in such a sphere of education as communication. As it turned out educators abroad are discussing the idea of creating the positive school environment through engaging students in the social and emotional learning.  There are different directions in it and one of them is mindfulness.“Mindfulness is a technique to improve mental well-being that involves focusing on the present moment while accepting any thoughts and feelings that occur” (http://www.macmillandictionary.com/thesaurus-category/british/meditation-and-hypnosis).  The important idea of it is to learn –self at first and then other people, to teach how to keep temper through listening to –self. There are a lot of followers of this educational trend, but I would like to attract your attention to the Susan Kaiser’s speech in TEDxtalks.

Her video is called “Teaching the ABCs of Attention, Balance and Compassion: Susan Kaiser Greenland at TEDxStudioCityED”.  She gives the definition of the mindfulness as the remembering of different kinds, explaining that everything depends on the angle of our looking at inside and outside worlds and emotions. The practice, which she used in her work as a teacher of Mindfulness, helps students to be attentive to themselves and travel from inner emotions to the real life using own experience to solve problems.

Watching this video made me  realize that knowledge of the situation and awareness of it as a present moment and place through listening to inner personality can lead to the positive assumption of the events and people around. I think, our students have to learn how to communicate in the real world, which differs from the virtual one. Susan mentions that in her program “Love with Legs” she teaches students to look at their inner world, imagine and then feel emotions connected with it and their being as persons. The seven strategies are divided into three groups: Attention (focusing, choosing); Balance (quieting and seeing) and Compassion (caring, connecting) and before using them students should stop trying to feel themselves.  All these is the part of the Emotional Intelligence, which is considered to be even more important than IQ-Intelligence, because it provides students with better social protection, attention to people around by developing the social and emotional skills. Various programs are being developed around the world and special classes for all ages of students are being conducted at schools. I strongly agree with the opinion that our students really need to be educated emotionally to know empathy and understanding the alive world of reality.

This practice is connected with International Baccalaureate education greatly and our school, being teaching the IB,  has IB learner profile, where we can find such qualities as being inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective. The strategies of mindfulness and IB Learner profile are linked closely and lead to development and improvement of  confidence and communication abilities; at the same time they help students to realize themselves in the future life and career by developing skills in problem-solution from the primary school.

Reference:

Cherry K.,  What Is Emotional Intelligence? Definitions, History, and Measures of Emotional Intelligence, retrieved from http://psychology.about.com/od/personalitydevelopment/a/emotionalintell.htm

Kaiser, S., Teaching the ABCs of Attention, Balance and Compassion:  Greenland at TEDxStudioCityED- retrieved from

2 thoughts on “Is innovation on the lessons only technology’s usage?

  1. Thank you Tatyana. In a week where you were asked to post about one innovative technology, you have become a voice of humanistic caution. Mindfulness, along with its partners, responsibility, empathy and moderation, is certainly an undervalued skill or trait in schools today. There is no doubt that technology is changing how we interact with it and each other.

    Great writing. I still notice some issues with articles, but they are minor. Your ideas are clear, direct and organized.

    5/5

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  2. Dear Tatyana,
    Your post on mental well-being is really useful!
    In our time of quick progress and technologies we forget about balanced human emotions and feelings. This phenomenon we try to show with the help of electronic ‘smiles’ or just doing some aggressive actions which we cannot stop and we do it without paying enough attention to the problem. It is a sad fact because we are getting the same ‘grey’ threatening people and we do not try to understand others.
    Thank you for the video with Susan Kaiser! From the video I caught some helpful advices for teaching the students how to solve the problems.

    Like

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