This semester I am taking a subject/unit called - 'Promoting Positive Learning Environments' at UC.
It's all about behaviour management and discipline in the classroom - and how to get the most out of your students.
We have been given a huge list of movies to watch over the semester - to see best practices in teaching - and to witness those teachers that have really inspired their students in the past.
First movie on the list - 'The Freedom Writers' - is an amazing story about a teacher that really cared about her students - like nobody had cared about them ever before.
The most amazing part - my gorgeous friend J - currently living in New York - sent me this book for my b'day last year - and she wrote on the inside cover -
'To dear Possum - because I know you will be an incredible teacher!'
(I heart my gorgeous friend J !!)
The story is extremely inspiring - and it has been made into a movie - staring Hilary Swank.
Do see it if you get a chance - check out the website - or better still - get your hands on a copy of the book.
So anyway - today's lecture talked about 'Positive Psychology & Positive Education' - and about an experiment that is running on 'Celebration and Gratefulness' - to increase one's own sense of well-being and happiness.
The gist of it is - if we give to others of our free will - and be constantly grateful for the good things in our lives - no matter how big or small - our lives can be happier & ultimately healthier in the long run.
So - from today - I shall try to write about 3 things/people/events - each and every day - which I am grateful for - that I wish to celebrate!!!
I know - I'm a slack bugger when it comes to keeping this little place updated - but now I have a challenge - and I hope that I can keep this up - to document what matters in my life - and to see if this helps me to truly appreciate the wonderful-ness of my life.
(yeah - I know it's not a real word - and I promise not to teach the kidlettes my Possum-isms when I become a real teacher - K?!!)
05Aug08 - Today I am grateful for -
- My gorgeous girls - that always give me the BEST hugs and kisses any mum could ever wish for.
- MrW - my husband - for being the MOST patient, loving man - and I'm so thankful he's stuck around!!!
- My PPLE Lecturor - Dr Thomas Nielsen - who is an extremely inspiring teacher in his own right. I'm so glad that I know him - and that he is so giving of himself.
Now - go be grateful for the good things that happened in your day!!!See you tomorrow! xx
ETA: I'm labelling all of my 3 Things' under '3BT' - for '3 Beautiful Things' - which is used around blog-land.