I had the pleasure to lead an evening of Mindfulness in Education at Pilgrims Teacher Training, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. It was a magical workshop, in which we immersed ourselves in Mindfulness and explored its benefits to educational settings. See you again next summer for a deeper, week-long experience!
Attended by almost thirty Saudi EFL teachers residing in Fairfax, Virginia, this Creativity Workshop was very well-received. It reminded me of why I do what I do. I share my workshops with colleagues from around the world to help them be the best teacher they can be, and to be inspired by them as I grow as a professional and a human being. When you teach from your heart, you never stop learning!
I am humbled and honored by comments like these:
“This workshop was enjoyable and useful. It needs to be extended to many days; not just one day.”
“Every aspect of it was amazing.”
“I learned new things. Thank you.”
“We can apply all the activities to our classes.”
“Thank you so much for this amazing workshop, rich in useful information.”
“The best workshop! I learned a lot! The professor is creative, engaging, and knowledgeable.”
I am very thankful for the opportunity to share my passion, and I am looking forward to another rewarding experience like this in the near future.
Most speakers and presenters face varying levels of public speaking anxiety, even more so in a second or foreign language. However, our students are usually expected to present in front of others as if they were pros! This hands-on session focuses on research and practice to help the learner overcome the fear of public speaking. Techniques include impromptu speeches, the use of the body, voice, breathing, and speech writing. Teachers will become acquainted with useful tools that enhance their public speaking skills as well. Don’t miss it!
I had the honor to have been invited to lead a workshop entitled Enhanced Creativity and Motivation at the Universidad de Granma in Bayamo, Cuba. I arrived on Sunday morning at the Holguín airport, and was warmly greeted by Prof. Nieve Solo Gómez, the Director of the Language Department. The professor and her daughter, Helga, who is also a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, proved to be the most wonderful hosts I could have hoped to have.
Early on Monday morning, we were all ready and eager to finally begin a project that had been in the making for almost six months. The group of participants was made up of 40 teachers and advanced speakers of the language, who came from the same campus and from another one 100 miles away. Their dedication and enthusiasm was contagious! Each activity was more energizing than the previous one. There were moments of deep reflection, introspection, and journal writing as well. Although the images on the video above do not do justice to so much work, they are a testimony to the fun and the learning experiences we all shared.
Upon the completion of the 10 hour workshop, I was thrilled to read the highly positive feedback from the participants. The only complaint was that it had been too short! Dear Cuban friends, I’d be delighted to go back in a heartbeat! I came back home with my heart full of love and more ideas to put into practice with my students here in Virginia and at the upcoming workshops.
To the Universidad de Granma and the participants in my previous workshop in Bayamo who made this visit possible, thank you so much for your trust in me and for your inspiration. Beautiful hearts like yours are the reason why I happily devote most of my time and energy to teaching and learning. I couldn’t feel more fortunate.
¡Hasta pronto, amigos!
On November 4, 2017, I had the honor to participate at the GWATFL (Greater Washington Association of Teachers of Foreign Languages) Fall Fest in Washington, D.C. with a session on Mindfulness in Education. I was delighted to see so many enthusiastic educators, including my former professor and long-time mentor, Dr. Margaret Ann Kassen, embrace the power of Mindfulness. By taking the time to practice loving kindness towards ourselves and others, we can transform education, one student at a time. Thank you, all, for your support. I’m looking forward to our next event!
Here are a few images of the event and the materials.
Dr. Monica Mulholland, Ph.D., ESL professor at the Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute, National Capital Region, had the honor to spend the week of July 24-28 in Bayamo, Cuba facilitating a seminar on Creativity and Multiple Intelligences in collaboration with Dr. Ana Lado, Ph.D., Applied Linguistics professor at Marymount University. The video below features snapshots of the seminar, in which the participants engaged in group-work to debate, role-play, and use body-language and art to express themselves in the target language. It was a most rewarding and inspiring experience of intercultural exchange in the context of the “Escuelas de verano para educadores” (Summer School for teachers) carried out in several Cuban cities every year both in English and in Spanish. The creativity workshop was attended by more than thirty enthusiastic English instructors and advanced students from the Granma province.