The Pygmalion effect

As a tutor, many times you have to be able to face the lack of motivation of your students. Most of the times, you realise that this lack is related to computers, mobiles phone, and friends… Most of the times there is nothing else behing, because as you can imagine these are the many ideas that are around children’ mind. But, what if this lack of motivation would be the result of a previous bad experience? What if a students is not able to complete a task because in the past somebody have tell him or her that he or she was not good at it?

Today, we had been working on Pygmalion effect.

Pursuit of Happiness

I focussed on showing the children the Pygmalion effect and the power of positive expectation. For that reason, today I wanted to do an experiment with my 3º ESO graders. It was easy to program, and the aim was clear: try showing them the effect of others in his or her work.

First of all, during the lesson, I asked to my students to draw an easy painting… let me show you.

Sunflowers, Vincent Van Gogh
Night Sky, Vincent Van Gogh

While a part of the students were drawing and painting, I chose my allies. I needed some students to help me in my task. So, I talked privately with the chosen ones and I explained to them what I want them to do. They have to encourage people who were not really good at drawing and at the same time discourage to all of those who are good at it.

After that, during the next 30 minutes, my group of allies and I walked around the classroom and we were truly committed with our task. We encouraged to all of those who are not used to hearing they good at drawing. The reaction was clear and fast: they gained confidence and kept drawing. On the other hand, when we discouraged the rest of them, those ones were not able to finish the task.

Then, the show was over and I explained to them the Pygmalion effect. Basically, they need to know that sometimes the things we say to others can have an effect. If it were positive, it would be nice. Otherwise, if it were negative, a single and poor comment could make a person not keep doing an activity and they will not try it any more.

We need to believe in the positive expectation, especially with our students. Sometimes, many of them are not able to perform a task because they are not expected to be. Teachers can transform by positive expectation children’ attitude and bad behaviour -based on negative expectations and lack of motivation-.

MURALS COMPETITION.

My second grade students are working on the topic of TOOLS and MACHINES in Social Sciences. For that reason, during the Arts & Crafts session we have drawn murals on that subject. Afterwards, we have chosen the mural that we liked the most as the background for our blog. Enjoy.

LEARNING FROM FABLES

The fox said to the bust after smelling it: “Your head is beautiful but without brain, like this one there are many who although they look like men are just busts“. Felix Maria de Samaniego.

Fourth grade student have entered the world of fables.

This reading activity has allowed them to: promote reflection, stimulate memory, broaden their sensitivity and empathy, discover a taste for reading, acquire values, and encourage their creativity by reading and working on several fables in the lego classroom.

BRUSHSTROKES ART

Comprehension Projects facilitate the student’s acquisition of knowledge through activities related to Multiple Intelligences.

On the other hand, they help develop the motor, cognitive, emotional, and relational capacities that they need in order to live and coexist in our current world.

The goal of the Brushstrokes Art Project was to bring the world of art closer to students as a means of expressing emotions and situations.

Students were guided through this process by Miró, Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Velázquez, Picasso …

“CLAPPING GAME CHALLENGE”

A “clapping game” is a game where two or more participants clap their hands together to the rhythm of a nursery rhyme. Perhaps the most popular one is PATTY-CAKE. Today I caught some of my students playing a very funny one:

My students would love to see other “clapping games” from other countries… Can you share a typical one from your country?

MOTIVATING STUDENTS: ACTIVE TEACHING METHODS.

My colleague Manu and I have visited the School of Education in Zamora, where we have talked about the methodologies that we have been sharing in our blog.

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Sharing good educational practices with the future teachers is a great way to disseminate our project.

We would like to thank teachers José Luis Astudillo and Ramiro Durán for offering us this opportunity. We have enjoyed a lot.

HEDDAL STAVE CHURCH (seen by seven-year-olds)

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated our transnational meeting in Ulefoss, Norway.

During our stay in Norway, I shared on my blog a post talking about the luck of visiting this country and actively participate in the life of HOLLA 10-ÅRIGE SKOLE

In that post I shared the following photograph of Heddal Stave Church:

Heddal Stave Church

After seeing the photograph, I thought it would be a good idea for my students to draw such a geometric monument …
Here are the results. Personally, I love them!

Happy Syttende Mai!

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Sofia Science Festival

Students from the third grade of the 201st Primary School St St Kiril and Metodiy visited the Sofia Science Festival in Sofia Tech Park. There they were able to create luminous 3D cards, make their racing car, make Leonardo’s flying machine and learn how it helped create modern aircraft, as well as curious facts about the discoverer’s life and achievements. They then watched many demonstrations of different fields of science and took part in many interesting experiments. Briefly, they had a rich and exciting day.

Learning to play and playing to learn.

Gaming is one of the main characters in a child’s life. Children are getting used to spending their time playing or planning how they can play.

Students from 2º grade at Kindergarten, have enjoyed a very funny game to work with numbers at Maths. In addition, we work fine and gross motor skills, coordination skills, and balance to face obstacles such as go under the desk 😋

When learning through playing is so meaningful, boredom at Maths is not an option and things like the following happens…