Today was our second day at the conference! Having already gained a little bit of an overview, and knowing what the lectures and sessions look like, we knew what was going to await us, and ooooh were we in for a treat..
The day started off with a (wonderful!!!) plenary talk by Mrs. Mercer! Oh and here she is:
It was inspiring, how social relationships build the springboard to the sea of motivation and how mutual respect and trust form their fundamental principles! I also really liked how she emphasized that teachers need to concentrate more about the positive aspects and strengths of students than getting wound up in all the negativity!
Our next session was on creative use of language through humor! As the title already promised: It was the funniest lecture so far! We learned a little bit about acronyms and droodles and how it may enhance the class atmosphere along with motivation, which leads us straight into the next session: A rather theory centered approach on how to motivate our students! To be perfectly honest with you guys, it was a dry presentation and unfortunately contained no practical advice, which is a shame when considering a topic such as motivation, although the distinction between motivation and engagement was interesting!
The last session we got to participate in was on the development of practical theory by no one other than our beloved Mrs. Ulla Fürstenberg! It was nice hearing about our own courses as many of us have already participated in some of them, additionally to finding out about how they have evolved in the last few years!
After our day at the conference we decided to hit the city! We walked quite far and visited the Glasgow Cathedral and the City Hall, which were impressive and totally worth the afternoon powerwalk sightseeing stroll of 8.87 km (which are approximately 5.51 miles for all you curious minds out there)!