With our Teaching Character: Positive Psychology for Every Teacher course we ended the month of February. Our participants came from Norway, Lithuania, Germany, and Spain. Want to hear how our week went? Keep reading.
Feeling happy and safe in school is just as important as learning. In fact, students thrive and flourish more when they have trust in their teachers and peers, if the atmosphere is relaxed, everyone is making a contribution, and they can see the meaning behind what they do. Therefore, Seligman, one of the founders of positive psychology has incorporated it in education models as a way of decreasing depression and increasing positive thinking among young adults. In the first sessions of our course, the participants did a variety of activities that can help form trust, bonds, and motivation among both teachers and students.
In the second half of our course’s week, we learned about fixed and growth mindset, and the methods we can use to encourage ourselves and others to embrace challenges, constantly learn, and persist despite difficulties. We all had a good laugh while engaging in different forms of activities and tasks, which made us feel closer to one another and contributed to a more relaxed atmosphere.
Just as the clouds started to scatter and gave way to sunshine, came the time for our walking tour around Ljubljana with one of our favorite tourist guides. Our participants learned about the history, traditions, cuisine, customs, and even some interesting facts unknown to locals. In the evening, we gathered in one of the traditional Balkan restaurants and tried food such as ćevapčići and burek. Tuesday and Thursday afternoons were free for our guests to spend as wished.
Wednesday was the day planned for our trip to Lake Bled, one of Slovenia’s most precious gems. We thought that we had chased the winter away with our annual holiday Pust, however, we were too fast in celebrating the end of winter as Wednesday turned out to be a snowy day. Despite the weather conditions, we set off on our trip by first stopping in a restaurant for lunch and traditional Slovenian spirits to keep warm and jolly. After visiting Bled Castle, we decided to go back to Ljubljana and spend time in the City Museum, where we learned more about the history of the city. In the evening we paid a visit to a local restaurant, where we indulged in traditional Slovenian food. And we can say that we left the restaurant with full stomachs and full hearts.
Saturday was bittersweet, as we said farewell to each other and reflected on the wonderful week we had and the amazing people we met. Now after another successful course, we are getting ready for the last two weeks of March, when we will have not two but four courses! Keep updated and follow our webpage for more news!
See you in Ljubljana,
love Primera Group