Dr. Angela Duckworth’s grit (defined as one’s power for perseverance) has been a buzzword in the past few years. There are times when I think it’s the single most important personality trait that should be taught at schools. And I’m a strong advocate for all the grit research.
The grit score is actually useful. I realize I’m not gritty as I assumed, and that I should stay focused on my goal and my priorities. Sacrifices should be made.
If you’d like to assess your own grit score, take it here.
PROBLEM: many English majors don’t follow top stories in English.
SUGGESTION: Using Padlet to engage students in latest news discussions. (See our class wall here: https://padlet.com/tienmaielt/rzytk3t9mt50)
1. Upload an interesting photo news story to Padlet. Have students guess the story behind the photo (Who, What, When, Where, Why) (My photo: sock diplomacy)
2. Share the Padlet wall with learners. Have them create a post, including a photo, a headline, and the source.
3. Set “Choose/Pair/Share”. Students choose three photos from the Padlet shared wall, using the IAI – IAM – IDC framework
IAI: I Am Inspired: Talk about a photo on the wall that inspires you.
IAM: I Am Amused: Talk about a photo that makes you laugh.
IDC: I Don’t Care: Talk about a photo that you’re not interested in.
After that they’ll pair up and share their selections. Volunteers then report back.
REFLECTION: the activity works in my classroom, except the volunteering stage 🙂
MPI researchers Mark Dingemanse, Francisco Torreira and Nick Enfield have won a coveted Ig Nobel Prize for their work which shows that ‘Huh?’—a word people use when they missed what someone just said—may well be a universal word. The prize was awarded in the same week that their research group published a major follow-up study on how people deal with misunderstandings in conversation.
The Ig Nobel Prizes honour scientists for achievements that first make people laugh and then make them think. Dingemanse: “What may be most surprising about our finding is not that ‘Huh?’ appears to be universal, but that this was discovered only now. Linguists have only recently started to compare conversation across cultures. There’s a lot still to find out.”
(Re-posted from http://www.mpi.nl/ig-nobel-prize-for-mpi-researchers)
Looks like a normal presentation activity in a normal speaking course.
However, the talks were truly thought-provoking, amusing, and entertaining, which focused primarily on sharing narratives that are worth sharing.
It’s a humbling experience to host these amazing classroom-based, TED-styled speakers. The topics vary, ranging from overcoming setbacks to defining patriotism. They’ve made the the audience think, laugh, and cry!
To read their verbatim (“Ideas worth Spreading”, click on the image.
When we strive to prepare for something, we are just trying not to be ourselves. We try to prove we are better than we really are. Is it comfortable not to be ourselves? (Ho Hai Tien on Preparation)
What would you do to protect your LEGACY? (Tran Hoang Hiep on Patriotism)
Be a pineapple, stand tall, and be sweet on the inside. (Bui Bich Phuong on Pain)
You don’t need to do such a thing with pressure, you just need to find a better way to do it. (Nguyen Thi Quynh Nhu on Pressure)
Lower you Better you (Duong Minh Hieu)
Meet the people you need to meet, learn what you need to learn, grow up the way you need to grow up, … are important pieces that contribute to create a picture of your life completely. (Cao Thi Diem My on Choices)
When you change your thinking process, everything in your life will also change. (Nguyen Thi Minh Y on Affirmation)
People can think whatever they want, just be yourself. This is your life, we were born to live, not to survive. Enjoy our life as much as we can. (Thanh Hoai on Life)
Words have a very super power more than knife and gun that can kill one person immediately. (Do Huynh Ngoc Tram on The Power of Voice and Words)
On Traveling (Lam Boi Trinh)
It is important for you to have a sense of self-awareness when making decisions for yourself . This may seem like a very difficult and in depth journey to take but do not be afraid to take the time to really think about you. (Le Ha on Choosing Majors)
He said he really wanted to live until he saw I graduated from the university but he couldn’t. (Quoc Bao on His Honorable Father)
Tran Thanh Thanh on Overcoming Difficulties)
If I have chance, I would love to travel with my bestie at the time that all of us have nothing but our youth, stable feet and the heart that have nothing to fear at all. (Kim Minh on Youth and Journeys)
Rethinking Failure (Bao Ngoc)
The best way to deal with misunderstanding is talking it out because misunderstanding is like a slow poison, the reasons for a broken friendship might be many, but don’t let when you look back, you regret them. (Bui Thi Thu Quynh on Friendship).
If failure wants to see me again, i will kick it off anyways. (Le Nguyen Bao Tram)
Kindness is not always repaid. (Le Thi Ngoc Tram on An Ordinary Couple)
We can’t build the life we want by saving time, we just build the life we want and then time saves itself. Time can be arranged easily, we can’t make more time but time can stretch with what we choose to put into it. Time is your choice. (Pham Thi My Hanh on Free-time Management)
Not every person who walks into your life is meant to stay. And not everything is meant to last forever. However, family is the only thing that has always stayed with us no matter how hard times we have been through. (Tu Trinh on Family)
Tran Nguyen Tiet Vinh (I had a friend).
Nguyen Thi Kim Phuong on Apology.
Le Huu Duy on a Late Confession.
Stumbling doesn’t mean failure. You just try to stand up and never give up your dream, the success will come to you. (Dang Xuan Viet on Overcoming Yourselves)