It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish…

I’ve long given one piece of advice that I think seldom gets voiced often by teachers or teacher trainers – at the end of a lesson or day with students, ask just one thing, “Are you happy?”. And get the students to say they are happy.

You are probably wondering why that is so important? Well, please watch Daniel Kahneman’s talk about happiness. He relates well how important it is how we end things, how important “ending” is to happiness (and also the story we make of it). The remembering self is so important to happiness, it governs so much of our time spent on earth.

It’s how you end your class that counts. It effects how the students remember it. I won’t bore you with my dumbed down explanations – listen to the Nobel Laureate and think of the implications for our own teaching and how we should end our classes with students.

If interested in happiness and teaching – see my own talk and resources here. Also, this guys great piece of advice!

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ddeubel

Teacher trainer, technology specialist, educational thinker...creator of EFL Classroom 2.0, a social networking site for thousands of EFL / ESL teachers and students around the world.

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