This book is about affirmation-based pedagogy and affirmation literacy. Affirmation/Mindfulness based pedagogy for learner-centered teaching can make a difference in the lives of our students and our children. Mindful communication is the key to building insight and professionalism when modeling behaviour to students and colleagues. This book offers appropriate self-awareness and communication skills development and understanding of thinking patterns to develop goal-orientation and insight-orientation strategies. These strategies can enhance understanding of what it means to be successful by analyzing both psychological and sociological theories on approaches to the significance/influence of mental health on overall well-being. Students can develop strategies to consider constructive options that effectively solve problems in daily life. This book offers appropriate self-awareness and communication skills development and information on affirmations in general. By programming ourselves to be more positive in and out of the class so to our students will develop emotional and cognitive awareness and understanding; bodily awareness and coordination and interpersonal awareness.
About the Author
Rob D’Alessio began teaching for the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario in 2001. He currently teaches high school full time at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School in Russell, Ontario and teaches at Algonquin College in Ottawa part time. He tutors and teaches on line courses on the side as well. In 2010, Rob designed and taught a course for grade twelve students, the first of its kind: IDC4O: Interdisciplinary Studies- Mindful Healthy Living and is currently teaching this course. He has presented at workshops on affirmation-based pedagogy, affirmation literacy, "affirmation novenas" (which is the title of his next book), team building, "home-stretch resilience" and classroom websites. He serves on his local and provincial professional development committees and staffing committee for the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association. He has been a differentiated instruction coach at his school. Rob is available for PD workshops. Rob is known as an exemplary teacher for his diverse and engaging teaching style, his contributions to affirmation-based pedagogy, and, most importantly, his commitment to his students. He helps plan and presents presenting at the "Educating for the Common Good" Conference in Toronto. See www.facebook.com/affirmationliteracy