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Emotion Focused Teaching -
Get Unstuck, Embrace Setbacks, and Thrive in School

Please join us for a very interactive Roundtable on January 16th.

Researchers have found that no matter how intelligent or creative the students, or what type of learner they are, it is their inner world of feelings, thoughts and self-talk that ultimately determines how successfully they will learn. Emotion Focused Teaching is a road map for supporting students in a meaningful way - an approach that will help students reach their full potential socially, emotionally and intellectually, regardless of the challenges that they face.

In this talk, Dr. Rick Smith will discuss Emotion Focused Teaching, a science-based approach that helps teachers and parents support and enhance a student’s learning and address the difficult emotions of learning (i.e. frustration, boredom, anxiety, etc.) with a three-step method to build resilience, motivation and create a positive long-lasting effect in a student’s life. It is easy to learn and can be used by parents, care-givers and educators.

Participants of this talk will: 

  • Understand how emotions interact with intentions, attention, and learning
  •  Learn the three steps to best deal with the difficult emotions of learning and keep a student on track
  • Learn how to create the right conditions for maximum motivation
  • Preview strategies to help students contend with the difficult emotions of learning more effectively
This is suitable for educators and parents of children and adolescents, aged 8-18. Teachers will find it most useful. 

This is an informal parent and educator support group meeting. We encourage you to come with questions and share your experiences.  Feel free to invite your friends!
RICK SMITH, Ed.D
Starting out as a frustrated learner himself, Dr. Rick Smith overcame his challenges to achieve a Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate of Education. His history of learning difficulties and subsequent academic success coupled with over a decade spent at the head of classrooms has helped him uniquely understand the complex emotional needs of students. He has given talks to over 1000 teachers and parents across three continents on various aspects of Emotion Focused Teaching, published a study-strategies book (STOP Reading) and currently works with students in a one-to-one setting. He also serves as a co-chair of Dyslexia Association of Hong Kong.

Event Details


Date:    16 January 2018 (Tuesday)
Time:    7- 9 pm (6:45 registration & refreshments)
Venue:  Fairmont House 14/F., 8 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, HK  Google Map
Cost:     Member (FREE); Non-member (HK$200)

About FOCUS Roundtable


FOCUS regularly invites local and overseas professionals to share their knowledge, experiences and practical strategies with parents and educators. Our Roundtable format is usually informal and highly interactive, allowing time for parents to discuss their specific issues and exchange ideas with both the speaker and other parents.
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