A Rapid Fire Strategy to Stimulate Positivity in the Classroom

By Kelly Beischel PhD, RN, CNE Why ask students what’s new and good in their life? Well, I’ve discovered that infusing positivity at the beginning of classes, meetings, retreats, or coaching calls puts participants in a positive frame of mind. And why is this important? The literature bears out that positive moods produce broader attention, more holistic thinking and more creative thinking in students. How cool is that? Positivity Intervention The intervention is quite simple really. Ask a few students at random “what’s new and good” at the beginning of class. And then wait for their answers.   Additional Benefits Students’ answers give us insight into what’s going on in their lives and it positions students to embrace positivity, to embrace gratitude as a way of life. That’s a win-win in my book. I remember the first time I asked my students in class, “what’s new and good?” They looked at me with baffled expressions. So, I explained, “I’m asking what is new in your life that you are happy about and grateful for.” In the beginning, they had difficulty coming up with an answer. I patiently waited while they scrambled to think of anything that was good. As this persisted over a few weeks, some would even say to me, “you’re […]

Living an Authentic Life: A Tribute to Teresa Revisited

By Kelly Beischel PhD, RN, CNE Teachers are everywhere. One doesn’t need a doctoral degree to acquire wisdom nor dispense it. And for certain, some of the most important life lessons are taught outside of classrooms. I’ve learned some important lessons from an extraordinary person, a teacher about life. When I first wrote this article a year and a half ago, I had just come home from my sister-in-law, Teresa’s funeral. She was a person who lived vibrantly and taught me much. For 20 years, we marveled about being married to Beischel men, told stories about our children, sought advice from one another and laughed about our ever-changing hairstyles – color and all. My heart was heavy. I’d lost the mother of my beautiful nieces, the wife of my gentle brother-in-law, and the aunt who was ever-ready to laugh with my children. Teresa was just 53 years young. My thoughts are filled with Teresa this week, her birthday week. As I’ve reflected this week on what I’ve learned from having known and loved this woman, it came to me. These are strategies for living an authentic life. A life that has meaning. 10 Strategies on Living an Authentic Life 1. INDIVIDUALITYTeresa did not worry about what others thought. She would laugh when I expressed worries about trivial […]

WARNING: Immediate student rescue impedes learning

By Kelly Beischel, PhD, RN, CNE She asked me. “How will they benefit?” And I thought “Quit with the freaking questions and just give me the answer, dammit!” And then I laughed. And laughed. And laughed. I laughed so loud that my dog looked at me and slunk away. Let me explain… I’m in a solo-preneur Facebook group where we often help one another when we’re stuck or are blocked in our thinking. I was having a block in coming up with a cool title for my incivility teleseminar. So, I posted a request for help to name the teleseminar. Rather than giving me an answer, Christina, one of the members of this Facebook group relentlessly asked me questions about how the participants would benefit from attending the teleseminar, what would they gain from knowing the signs of bullying etc. I laughed at my “just give me the answer” response because Christina was simply doing her job as a coach, asking me questions until I gained clarity. That’s what teachers do too. We coach, right? We ask questions until students gain clarity. And then my next thought? “That is exactly what our students are thinking – if not saying.” “Just tell me already.” “Just give me the answer.” We’ve all heard it […]

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The Shocking Truth about Who May Be Responsible for Student Behavior

The Shocking Truth about Who May Be Responsible for Your Student Behavior By Kelly Beischel PhD, RN, CNE I just finished reading Todd Gongwer’s book, “LEAD…for God’s Sake,”  a parable about a coach who’s losing his connection with his players. One of the most memorable statements Gongwer made was this: “Leadership is one part influence and two parts responsibility. As people of influence, we must always take responsibility for our contribution to problems that arise around us.” Since educators are leaders, this quote pertains to us. We influence people all day, every day through the research we conduct and the manuscripts we publish as well as in our classrooms. Educators as Influencers of Learning Students see us as experts and expect us to have all the answers. And while we have the answers to many of their questions, we don’t have them all. How do we influence students when they ask a question to which we don’t know the answer? As leaders, we influence our students by role modeling what it looks like when an expert doesn’t have an answer, an important lesson for them to learn for sure. But what do we do when we don’t know the answer to our student’s question? Do we look it up? Do we […]

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