Upon completion of the program, students are able to:
Respect and appreciate human qualities and contributions
Discover and acknowledge personal qualities
Integrate and embrace personal qualities to support talent development
Guiding gifted / highly able students to recognize and embrace their personal qualities is essential along the talent development since it helps them build self-confidence and self-acceptance that can support their career aspiration.
In this workshop, students are asked to explore, recognize and show appreciation to human qualities. Through observing and examining ordinary people who have tried their best to make contribution to family, community and society, participants can look more deeply and identify different personal qualities or attitude shining from within. The generated insights allow students to value and appreciate everyone’s contribution.
Linking the above premises with their own experience, participants are encouraged to discover the qualities or attitude they could have had. Self-understanding and confidence are developed during the enquired, reflective and deliberate process. Participants are supported to embrace both bright and dark sides of self so they can feel happy and peaceful with who they truly are. Finally, participants are given space to joyfully connect, integrate and embrace their newly acknowledged qualities with self that can support talent development and career aspiration.
A short presentation will be arranged in the end of the course that participants can share their personal growth journey as well as gain mutual support. Assessment details will be discussed in the course.
Session 1: Cultivating sense of appreciation in mundane
Session 2: Looking deeply what’s within and the interconnected community
Session 3: Self-discovery: What could I have if …
Session 4: Embracing both bright and dark sides of self
Session 5: Connecting with self + Presentation
Target Participants / Prerequisite
Secondary school students who would like to recognize and embrace their personal qualities in order to further development their talents are welcome.
Ms. Jo NG is a developmental consultant, a teacher and a registered social worker. She received a master's degree in Special Education with Gifted Education Concentration from the University of British Columbia. She has been working in local and international schools. She also worked at the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education as a professional development officer in the Teacher Professional Development Division for 3 years.
Currently Jo provides consultation service related to special educational needs in local primary schools. She has also been an instructor in the Centre for Advancement in Inclusive and Special Education (CAISE) at the University of Hong Kong since 2015, and served as the Academic Advisor of Hong Kong Gifted Education Teachers’ Association.
Jo is keen to support the growth and well-being of children, adolescents, parents and educators through providing case consultation, developmental groups and professional development training. She has been practicing mindfulness under the tradition of Plum Village since 2013 and completed the one-year Mindfulness Teachers Training Program by The Mindfulness Academy in 2015. She has initiated a quarterly Day of Mindfulness for Children with Plum Village monastics and HKU CAISE since March 2016.
Her aspiration is to cultivate joy and happiness in children, family, schools and the society.
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