Yvette Prior

Yvette Prior

About me

Educator, researcher, psychologist, wife, mother, author, artist, yogi

I have been teaching on and off since the 1990s. I have had many detours on my career track, but the side trails have led to what I needed. Also,  teaching in Higher Ed has been a "high" light. 


The good news is that soft skills (EQ) can be developed and we can increase emoathy and work at regaulating emtons while we grow and continue to improve. 

I really enjoy how this first module used research to support the points and clams - for example how the workplace success requures 85% soft skills and 15% hard skills - and then also noting the study that argued that teamwork and undertsanding others are curcial for instructors to bring to the workplace. 

Like the reminder about how extrisnic rewards dirve behavior but might give temporary results and stduents could feel manipulated by those outer rewards 

Also, external rewards being used until the learner is intrinsically motivated was a good takeway

I think a challenge for instructors at ECPI has to do with the five week format and the modules that come with each shell - It can be difficult to make changes to a "shell" for a cource because staying on track for the five weeks is curcial in order to successfully do a condensed course 

However, ijstructors can still offer some adjustments - and should - and this module showed us some tips for allowing perceptions of autonomoy and giveing real choices to students to help them engage nore and enjoy class with more sucess 

I had so many takeaways from this course 

Two helpul ones related to 1) Using structure as a way to gudie and plan for effectvness, which ca then help us manage stress and allow for time to counter stress and 2) Tpping into self-care, midnfulness, good food, and plenty of sleep as ways to fortify health for better resstance to negafuve impacts of stress 

Box breathingm also called square breathing - can help with stress release 


One of my favorite resoruces online is Therpsit Aid, which had free worksheets and a myriad of resources for helping with crisis managment and so much more 


Also, there is an informal 30-minute activity someone cn do to raise awateness about values and persoanl growth (attached as pdf). 

Reply to John Monsam's post:

John, I agree about the value of considring the instrutor's experience and reminding us to frt go with our gut 

I also agree about the increased insight in breaking down reactions into physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral and payng attenton to those.

Discussion Comment

I enjoyed your comment and the aim of getting material to meeting members wth at least 48 hours is a nice reminder. Then, we can also check to see if folks were able to digest the material before hand, and if not, we can allow a few minutes at the start fo the meering to have them go over what is on the agenda. 

A top takeaway from this course was the “8-18-1800” rule: To problem or make a decision, invite no more than eight people. To brainstorm it could help to have as many as 18 people. And o moitvate or "rally troops" - more is better and go up to 1800 

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