Power Pose: Real or Placebo Effect?

Almost one year ago, I wrote about Amy Cuddy and her research related to the "power pose".  If you didn't read that post, here is the link (http:// https://www.patricepalmer.ca/blog/the-super-hero-pose-fact-or-fiction).

If you are unfamiliar with the concept of the "power pose", it means adopting a posture or stance like a "superhero" (hands on hips, standing tall and powerful).  The idea is that we gain confidence from standing like a super hero!  

Cuddy faced much criticism regarding her research and book - Presence Bringing Your Boldest Self to your Biggest Challenges (http://amzn.to/2mU6OmJ.   



According to Cuddy, "the key finding is simple: adopting expansive postures causes people to feel more powerful".  She reports that this effect has been replicated in at least nine published studies and in at least four unpublished studies from nine different labs.

In addition, Cuddy argues that "what’s absolutely clear from...

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Why Students' Cell Phones belong in a Shoe Bag!

Are cell phones a problem in your classroom?  Do you find that students are easily distracted because of their phones?  I accepted a 7 week EAP contract at a local college a few weeks ago.  It has been more than a year since I taught young international students studying English in Canada.  I am not sure if students are becoming more addicted to their cell phones (and can't put them away for even a minute) or I have less tolerance for the constant distraction of phone use and texting.  

I spotted a former colleague in a classroom last week and popped in to say hello.  I noticed a shoe bag hanging on the wall near the door and asked about it.  She said that she set up a system of using the shoe bag for cell phones and it has worked like a charm.  If I do return to the EAP class in the summer, I will be bringing my shoe bag with me!

She also said that she uses this Breaking News lesson plan ...

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Growth Mindset and its Role in Second Language Acquisition

For the past two years, I have been very interested in grit, growth mindset and second language acquisition.  I have published an article in Contact (TESL Ontario) http://www.teslontario.net/uploads/publications/contact/ContactSummer2015.pdf and presented on this topic at four different TESL conferences (including in Moldava via Google Hangouts - the slideshare is available at http://www.slideshare.net/PatricePalmer/mindset-presentation-p-palmer-tesl-toronto-may-2015.  I am very excited to be in Costa Rica in July talking to teachers about growth mindset and SLA.   A few weeks ago, Brainology published blog post on their website http://community.mindsetworks.com/blog-page/home-blogs/entry/growth-mindset-and-second-language-acquisition.. You can click on the link to read the post or it is published below. 

 

Growth Mindset and Second Language Acquisition

If someone told me that it would take between three to ten...

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