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How implementing structure and Consistency can help students achieve high grade and boost their self-confidence
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Impact of Emotional and Cognitive Intelligences in Learning

The student's academic performance is the center of traditional research in the educational field. Therefore, teaching and learning were based on cognitive intelligence. All educational theories draw on intellectual functions such as memory, attention, reasoning, analytical, and critical thinking skills. However, recent research has shown that emotional intelligence is crucial in teaching and learning.

In the following video, we demonstrate, through a math lesson, the importance of emotional intelligence. We show how, using our new teaching approach, the Sandwich Method, you can help your student or your child recognize and accept their feelings. And therefore, helping them move forward and gain more self-confidence.

THE MINDSET IN THE STORY " THE THREE LITTLE PIGS AND THE BIG BAD WOLF"

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Who doesn't know the story of the three little pigs and the big bad wolf?
The story is part of everyone the childhood memories and every child's bedtime story.
Who didn't feel sorry for the little pigs and had no empathy for the wolf?
LET'S GO OVER THE STORY:
It starts with the mother telling her kids that they are now ready to explore the world and advising them to build strong houses.
Are the three little pigs ready to live on their own?
Do they have the skills for successful and independent living?
Do they have the skills to take on the challenges coming ahead?
LET'S CONTINUE WITH THE STORY!
So they build their houses. The first two pigs, who want to start enjoying their life, quickly build their homes. The construction wasn't solid, and the foundation was weak. But who cares! The job is done, the mission is accomplished, and now they can play and have fun. 
The story describes these two pigs as being lazy and playful.
LET'S LOOK AT THEIR MINDSET: 
They know they need a house, but most importantly, they want to play and have fun. Their homes reflect what is important to them without any long-term vision.
The third pig, described as courageous and a hard worker, builds a solid house with a strong foundation. He even added a chimney for cooking and heating in cold weather.
Then the wolf comes. He knows what he wants! Food! and what is better than three little pigs?
He destroyed the first two houses by blowing on them. And the two pigs ran to their third brother.
The wolf had a good strategy, and the two pigs had the right solution to save their life.
But the same strategy didn't work for the third house. The wolf cannot destroy it, BUT INSTEAD OF GIVING UP, HE TAKES HIS TIME TO THINK ABOUT A BETTER WAY TO SOLVE HIS PROBLEM.  
What did the three little pigs do when the wolf left?
The first two are stressed and overwhelmed by their emotion and feel trapped as they wonder what to do if the wolf returns.
While the third pig, even though he was scared, COMES UP WITH AN EXCELLENT STRATEGY THAT WOULD SERVE TWO POSSIBLE OUTCOMES.
He put a big pan in the chimney to cook soup.


WHAT DOES SOUP HAVE TO DO WITH THE WOLF?


The third pig knows the only way for the wolf to enter his house is through the chimney.
 1) If the wolf doesn't come back, they will have a yummy soup for lunch.
2) If the wolf comes back, he will fall into the boiling soup.  

This story shows the importance of mindset and life skills in facing challenges.

HOW CAN WE USE THE LESSONS FROM THIS STORY IN OUR LIFE?

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Concept Discovery Approach in Teaching

# mindset   # concept # self-confidence # curiosity # creativity

When tutoring students, regardless of the grade and subject, whether it's math tutoring or chemistry tutoring, the main issue they face is not understanding the why behind the concepts and formulas they learn.
For example, students will immediately calculate the slope when assigned a linear graph to analyze because they are taught to do that. However, if you ask them:<<Why do you calculate the slope? They will answer:<< In class, my teacher told us to do it>> 


In other words, students learn formulas, rules, and strategies and how to apply them but not the why of these rules and what circumstances and questions led to their discovery. 
In the case of the relation graph, students are clueless as to why they need to calculate the slope. 
And as long as students do not have answers to the why of the concepts they learn, they will be bored, stressed, and overwhelmed, or for some, not challenged enough in school.


Now let's think about the real-life situations that led to the discovery and creation of the concepts and rules. Let's put these real-life situations in front of the students and allow them to discover the concepts and rules. Then, the learning will take a whole new meaning.


We are not reinventing the wheel here but allowing students to use their creativity and think for themselves.
This approach completely changed the class dynamic with my high school math students. 
In the first week, students expected a lesson on white board with step-by-step explanations and examples.
Once they understood the expectations and put their feet in the shoes of the scientist who came up with the laws and rules, most students were on board. 


Math classes became discovery classes. As a result, the class momentum changed utterly. Students exchanged ideas with their classmates, argued, discussed their results, and were involved in their learning. Moreover, students gained self-confidence when they realized they could develop the same rules as the imminent mathematicians who stated them the first time. 
Once working on word problems, students focused more on finding the best strategies than on the answers. 
This mindset shift and the boost in self-confidence improved students' grades drastically.  

Students' low self-confidence is rooted in their childhood
#self-confidence  #students  #parenting #initiative # skills

Many believe that the school system is solely responsible for our children's lack of self-confidence. Even though the actual school system doesn’t help children in gaining self-confidence, it is important to note that insecurity and low self-esteem often stem from the way we raise our children. Even with the best intentions, we may still end up with insecure children.

Let’s have a look at the two extreme and well-known parenting types, helicopter and free-range parenting.

Helicopter parents tend to micromanage their children’s life. Therefore, the children have no opportunity to make their own decision, take risks or make mistakes. When they are on their own, in school, for example, they feel awkward, and unsure of what to do. They are afraid to initiate anything and will need always permission from teachers to carry on their work.  

On the other hand, free-range parents allow their kids to take risks and make their own decision. Without proper guidance, those children feel neglected and develop self-confidence and autonomy out of necessity. They have no control over their behaviour and impulsions. These children will be unsure of how to navigate challenging situations on their own, leading to insecurity and low self-confidence.

To foster a healthy sense of self-confidence in children, it is crucial to strike a balance between support and guidance while allowing them to learn and make decisions independently. Therefore, parents should encourage their children to take risks and try new things while also providing guidance and support when needed. It is also essential for parents to help their children develop a growth mindset, emphasizing that mistakes and setbacks are opportunities for learning and growth, not sources of shame or failure.

 

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK568743/

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10510974.2013.811434

https://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/document?repid=rep1&type=pdf&doi=1dbe3c4475adb3b9462c149a8d4d580ee7e85644

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Tips for Achieving Realistic Goals and Making This School Year a Success

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What are some examples of action items for goal setting, and what are the dos and don'ts when setting goals at the beginning of a school year?


This blog will discuss setting practical goals at the beginning of a school year.


With each New School Year, students, teachers and parents alike look for ways to make it better than the previous years in terms of grades, organizations and planning. We set what we want to achieve. And we write down our new resolutions and objectives, often overlooking the means to reach these goals.


Let's explore some tips and guidelines for students to set goals that would lead them to success throughout the school year, and for that, let's first look at what we should avoid when setting goals.


Most students target high grades in the main subjects, like math, science, and language. Once their resolution is taken, they will prepare for the first day of school by buying supplies and devices, for some, maybe also a new cell phone.


When the excitement of meeting friends and teachers is over, students face the challenges of understanding new concepts, keeping up with the lessons' pace and taking the tests.
Many students not only end up giving up but now feel unworthy, defeated, and with low self-confidence.


Focusing only on what we want to achieve without considering the preparation and practice required can lead to frustration and stress. It's important to remember that reaching your goals requires objectives and preparations; therefore, focusing on the latter is necessary.


The leading cause of student stress and anxiety is the lack of planning and mental preparation.
We are better equipped to succeed throughout the school year by setting practical goals and preparing accordingly. While setting goals is a great starting point, it is not the end all be all.
We should develop a strong mindset and a solid action plan because simply setting goals won't cut it. Establishing practical measures that concentrate on our mindset and strategy is essential.


Let's start by discussing our objectives and setting goals. To begin with, we need to answer the question - what do we want to achieve? For instance, we may aim for an A in math, science, English, or all three subjects. Another objective could be to submit all math assignments on time.


Let's move to the second part of our discussion.
Having a clear plan is crucial to achieving our goals. Let's ask ourselves, how will we accomplish them? We can start by creating a weekly schedule and prioritizing tasks, such as reviewing notes and completing assignments on time. This weekly schedule will help us stay on track and achieve our goals effectively.

 

To comprehend a topic, I must actively seek help. Thus, whenever I encounter something that I don't fully understand, I make it a point to ask for assistance. I must complete my homework within the designated time frame. However, I also recognize the importance of taking breaks and engaging in social activities.

 

As a result, my planner includes six key points to ensure that I balance my academic and personal obligations effectively.

Now that we have a goal and plan, we must consider what adjustments we must make to achieve our objectives and prevent burnout. As we embark on our learning journey, we must remember that challenges and mistakes are integral components.


Challenges are unavoidable. Recognizing that there are growth opportunities is fundamental to the growth mindset. It's not about avoiding challenges but about confronting and overcoming them.
The same goes for mistakes. Taking them as learning opportunities is a transformative mindset shift. When we analyze our mistakes, we can pinpoint areas of weakness and understand why we stumbled.
This self-reflection is crucial for improvement. Just like climbing a mountain, there will be challenges along the way. Still, seeing them as chances to develop and improve is essential.


As we embrace a growth mindset, we develop resilience and determination. We then acknowledge that progress might not always be linear and setbacks are part of the journey. Instead of giving up, a growth mindset helps us to move forward. With each challenge we overcome, our confidence in our abilities to understand specific subjects grows. So does our capacity to learn and adapt.


When setting goals is essential to ensure they are achievable, there is no point in setting something impossible as it will only lead to frustration and disappointment. 


If there is something we don't understand, don't be afraid to ask for help. You can ask your teacher. Search online, check out videos, or even take a tutor. Having someone who can help you with knowledge and study skills can make a huge difference.
Remember, seeking help is not a sign of weakness but strength and determination to succeed.


As we come to the end of this blog, let's summarize the key takeaways. First and foremost, it's essential to establish realistic goals. Next, create a schedule based on effective time management and stick to it consistently. We should maintain a positive mindset and seek help whenever necessary. With a positive outlook, we can develop a strong will and determination, which will be beneficial in achieving our learning and personal development goals. Remember, the journey itself is just as important as the destination.


These tips will prove helpful in your pursuit of success. If you have any questions or require tutoring services in math, science, chemistry or French, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Thank you for reading.

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