Webinar February 2023

Well Being as a key for Motivation

Wednesday 1st February, 2023 – 2:00pm

Presented by  Mrs . Eman Abdullateef

Wellbeing is defined as being comfortable, healthy and happy. Wellbeing is very crucial for the learning process. There are different types of wellbeing such as physical, psychological, economic, environmental and social. Do education and wellbeing have an effect on each other? A good quality education is the foundation of health and well-being. For people to lead healthy and productive lives, they need knowledge to prevent sickness and disease. students’ well-being and their success in and outside school depend on their ability to use their competences for democratic Culture. well-being in schools requires involving both teachers and parents. Schools should provide lessons focused on the responsible use of the Internet, the need to adopt a healthy lifestyle and how to prevent or cope with health problems, in collaboration with those involved, including health and social services, local authorities and civil society organizations. What is motivation? Motivation is a process of interaction between the learner and the environment. There are two types of motivation: Extrinsic and intrinsic. There is an integration between motivation, mindset and methods. Intrinsic motivation is a resource that teachers have traditionally used, not only as a natural source of learning, but also to achieve the benefits raised from the needs. The pursuit of certain activities is sought for the Strategies to enhance motivation in the class.

Thriving together: Negotiating academic well-being in higher education

Sunday 12th February, 2023 – 4:00pm

Presented by Dr. Lo Yueh Yea (Janice)

Academic wellbeing in higher education is a pressing international issue, and it is a primary concern of educational institutions. Students in higher education face an academically stimulating, informative, and socially rich learning environment that can be intensely competitive. Within this learning environment, students are at risk of compromising their wellbeing in higher education settings. The issue raised are critical to understanding higher education as a place that goes beyond acquiring knowledge and skills. The ideas presented in this chapter will help students consider how they can negotiate academic well-being in higher education in order to maximise their valuable contributions to the professional communities they serve.

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts: cultivating intercultural learning.

Wednesday 15th February, 2023 – 1:00pm

Presented by Alastair Grant

Language is forged in the furnace of culture: its symbols representing the concepts, beliefs, shared history and experiences of a people, nation or state. How then, can we claim to be language teachers without affording our students the opportunity to examine not only their own culture, but those of other peoples? In this session, we will take some steps towards defining the concept of intercultural learning and then explore its generative benefits for the development of our students’ language learning and their development as citizens of the world. Such an exploration is as fascinating as it is essential, for “if language is seen as social practice, culture becomes the very core of language teaching” (Kramsch, 1993).

How Can You Become More Intentional About Culturally Responsive Teaching?

Sunday 19th  February, 2023  – 4:00pm

Presented by Fatima Aldajani

This session is a practical guide on how to implement Culturally Responsive Teaching in your classroom. It helps educators examine their own biases which may interfere with providing the best learning experience for all students. By embracing the core components of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the strategies of Universal Design for Learning, teaching and learning will improve.

Culturally Responsive Teaching for Multilingual Learners

Sunday 26th  February, 2023  – 4:00pm

Presented by Dr. Alia Hadid

Much research indicates the importance of culture and its effect in shaping students’ school experiences. In fact, culture is at the core of learning (Gay, 2010). Ladson-Billings (2001) discussed how it helps prepare the students to work toward social change. Rajgopal (2011) pointed out that culturally responsive teaching (CRT) helps students become better people and learners. It is particularly beneficial for minority students (Banks, 2011; Powell & Caseau, 2004) as it enhances their learning and creates a safe learning environment (Gay, 2018).

Given the benefits of CRT and its positive impact on students’ achievement, this webinar will look at the importance of culture and the benefits of invoking it into students’ learning. The participants will discuss how culture impacts students’ learning and share some culturally responsive teaching strategies they can incorporate in their classrooms.