MASTER CLASS - BODY OF EVIDENCE

MAIN STAGE KEYNOTES

PARALLEL STREAM - A LIVING LIBRARY OF POSITIVE EDUCATION IN ACTION

PARALLEL STREAM - STRONGER, SAFER; BRIGHTER, BOLDER

PARALLEL STREAM - SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNINGCHOOLS

PARALLEL STREAM -WHOLE SCHOOL WELLBEING

PARALLEL STREAM - BUILDING HEALTHY SCHOOLSION

Gratitude is not an instant happiness pill. However, its practice is fundamental to who we are as human beings. It is a way of being that enables us to truly recognise what we receive from others and to experience our interconnectedness. When applied more consciously to the context of education, gratitude has the power to awaken a healthy dynamic of giving and receiving in all participants: school leaders, parents, teachers and students.

Drawing on nearly two decades of research on the role of gratitude in education, Kerry will explore how teachers can enhance their practice of gratitude, even in the midst of busy and stressful environments. Her work makes important links between teacher and student gratitude, particularly in the area of building positive relationships. This presentation will explore gratitude practices that have been shown to lead to improved student attendance, engagement and wellbeing, as well as a calmer classroom environment and enhanced teacher effectiveness. It will also address some of the challenges reported in teachers’ action research such as the lack of time, the negativity of others, and working in a system that does not necessarily allow gratitude to flourish.

Visit: www.kerryhowells.com to read excerpts from Kerry’s book, Gratitude in Education: A Radical View, and other academic articles and resources on the role of gratitude in education.

About Kerry

Dr Kerry Howells is a teacher educator at the University of Tasmania, teaching in the areas of teacher as leader, professional studies and practitioner research.

Kerry has been the recipient of three national awards for her teaching, including a 2013 OLT award for programs that enhance learning. Kerry is the author of many academic papers on the role of gratitude. Her book, Gratitude in Education: A Radical View, is changing the practice of academics, school leaders, teachers and pre-service teachers both nationally and internationally. It has been explored by eight book clubs organised for principals, teachers and academics, and is at the center of her 2014 UTAS Teaching Fellowship.

Kerry’s work focuses on the interrelationship between the practice of gratitude and the ‘awake’ student: a condition she argues is an essential prerequisite for effective learning and teaching. She has applied her approach in numerous school and academic contexts both in Australia and overseas, many of which have been sites for her research.

Kerry’s work as a visiting scholar in South Africa in 2014 has led to the investigation of cross-cultural dimensions of gratitude and its relevance to enhancing educational outcomes in low socioeconomic regional communities in that country.

HOW TEACHERS’ GRATITUDE INFLUENCES STUDENT LEARNING AND RELATIONAL WELLBEING

KERRY HOWELLS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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