Wednesday, October 3, 2012

In praise of (my) pronunciation teaching!

Clip art: Clker

Clip art: Clker
According to research by Harzer and Ruch at the University of Zurich (summarized, as usual by Science Daily) your satisfaction with your work is strongly correlated with the fit between your character strengths, " . .  . defined as traits that are evaluated as morally positive, such as self-control, teamwork or kindness"-- and your ongoing experience in the classroom. Most people, according to Harzer and Ruch, tend to have at least 3 or 4 identifiable, dominant character strengths. So pick your top half dozen or so from those used in the research and then see how well they fit what you get paid for. According to the study, if you have 4 or more strong matches, you enjoy what you do:

Creativity, Curiosity, Judgment, Love of learning, Perspective, Bravery, Perseverance, Honesty, Zest, Love, Kindness, Social intelligence, Teamwork, Fairness, Leadership, Forgiveness, Modesty, Prudence, Self-regulation, Beauty, Gratitude, Hope, Humor, Religiousness 

There are, of course, some of those "strengths" that appear to fit better with effective, haptic-integrated pronunciation teaching (e.g., creative, curious, love-of-learning, self-regulating and persevering, zestful, "socially intelligent.") Having fun yet? If not, there is still . . . hope!

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