Session 2: Stress Management & Overcoming Negative Self-talk

Summary: Lovely class today! First we walked from the Liberal Arts 302 classroom to the ERC in the Kiyoikukikoto Building on the 2nd floor because there is more space there for our larger class. There was a short orientation for the new students, where the students who attended Session 1 helped explain what we will do in class. Then, to get used to the readings, I created a short summary in document ESP1b Session 2 Self-Talk, which explains the article by The Mayo Clinic Staff: Positive thinking: Stop negative self-talk to reduce your stress  

After that, I was impressed how so many students could complete the homework with successful note-taking, even though many did not attend Session 1. This made our discussion in pairs very fruitful. Many of you notice that you do sometimes get trapped by negative self-talk. Finally, we went over the homework for Session 3. 

Sample of Note-taking on Language Learning:

Homework due in class on 10/13/2015

1. Option to complete an entry of self-study in your Four-Skills Log. The entry should be one hour in length or longer and please answer the questions completely: 

Which day, which practice task and how long?  Reflections: What did you do? How long for? What did you notice? How did you feel? New speaking or listening goals?

Note: A sudden change in policy in the ERC on October 1st requires me to check out your resources for you, because student borrowing in the ERC is closed:(. I am free in my office 3rd periods on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for me to borrow resources for you to use for your 4-skills logs. Apologies for the inconvenience this causes!

2. Please read and take 2 to 3 pages of notes in key words only on part of a book Chapter 8 "Applying Metacognative Strategies for Students' Learning" in Self-talk for Teachers and Students by Manning and Payne. For the students who are absent there is a copy of this article for you in the box on Stacey's office door marked ESP1 Tuesday 2nd. Samples of note taking are also provided in class.