The high prevalence worldwide of stress and depression among young people, the small rise in life satisfaction, and the synergy between learning and positive emotion all argue that teachers need to focus on teaching the skills of happiness along the content teaching. In developing mindsets for 21st century educating mind by teaching content only is simply not enough. Data are everywhere around us. We don’t need teachers for giving information. We need teachers who facilitate curiosity, grit, persistence, and passion of students. Integrating positive psychology into the curriculum has the power to improve student engagement and accomplishment by helping them to stay optimistic, delay gratification, strengthen willpower, increase resilience, build meaningful social relationships, and find greater meaning and satisfaction. This course shows how can inspiring teachers integrate teaching character strengths, optimism, positive emotions, resilience, and positive relationships into their own teaching.
Excellence is not a gift, but a skill that takes practice. We do not act rightly because we are excellent; in fact we achieve excellence by acting rightly. – Plato
The main goal of the course is to help teachers creating positive classrooms to develop mindsets for the 21st century. Positive psychology offers evidence-based hands-on tools for boosting students’ well-being. Throughout the course, participants will get familiar with the fundamental concepts of positive psychology such as character strengths, growth mindset, resilience, flow, and PERMA. They will learn how to use positive psychology tools to improve students’ engagement, accomplishments, grit, and persistence. Participants will receive lessons plans of teaching character for their own use.
The course is designed as a set of 15 sessions in a classroom for integrating positive psychology in a regular curriculum. The format of the course is didactic, experiential, and interactive along with discussions, individual and team exercises. The participants will receive a workbook with sessions’ summaries, and descriptions of activities used. Resources to deepen understanding and practice will be shared for further study.
The course is aimed for school leaders, teachers, school counsellors and other professionals working in education that are interested in the topics of positive psychology, happiness and well-being.
Introduction to PERMA model: PERMAdescribe fundamental human motivators, i.e. P – positive emotions, E – engagement, R – relationships, M – meaning, A – accomplishment. Participants will learn to boost these five elements in a school in order to help students reach a life of fulfilment, happiness, and meaning.
Emotions: The broadening effect of positive emotions can give students a sense of mindfulness, motivation, and gratification that prompts them to feel more comfortable in their environment and eliminates anxieties that may prevent them from being wholly engaged in a task. Participants will learn how to raise awareness in emotions with their students. They will also learn how to grow and cultivate feelings such as joy, serenity, gratitude, awe, and hope.
Planning follow up activities, dissemination and implementation of learning outcomes.
Discussing possibilities for future cooperation among participants.
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Teaching Character course will equip you with the knowledge of how to develop mindsets for 21st century in which information are everywhere around us but we need skills in developing character, accomplishing goals, improve resilience and provide meaning. By the end of the course you will be able to:
- Explain the role of positive psychology in creating more positive learning environment
- Describe how willpower and the growth mindset can contribute to accomplishments
- Use main positive psychology tools for developing character strengths, positive emotions, resilience, flow, and engagement
- Apply positive interventions to enhance positive emotions, engagement, positive relationships, meaning, and accomplishments
- Increase focus and engagement on learning tasks
- Inspire reflection upon students’ own strengths in learning to learn
- Innovate your own ideas for teaching character
- Build resilience in challenging situations
- Improve happiness and wellbeing
Positive psychology recognizes that students need positive learning environment in order to flourish in life. It also recognizes that content teaching is excellent but not enough for developing growth mindset for 21st century. Teaching character skills lead to thrive and fulfilling life. You can easily transfer the knowledge from this course to your work environment by:
- Using VIA strengths to develop character strengths of your students
- Facilitating growth mindset to address the limiting beliefs of your students
- Applying PERMA model for fulfilment, happiness, and meaning
- Inspiring powerful discussions with students and parents on character strengths, resilience and well-being
- Organizing positive psychology clubs as a way of improving happiness and well-being
- Using character strengths to help students to learn
Meet the trainers
Blanka Tacer, PhD in business administration and BSc of psychology, professionally focuses on work and organisational psychology and supports private and public companies in building and implementing their human resources management strategy. She works as a coach, trainer and consultant in the field of human resources development, organisational growth and knowledge management. She is well familiar with South East Europe markets. As a member of Work and organisational psychology section at Slovenian Psychological Association and a member of American Society for Training & Development she is in touch with the latest literature on adult learning. Personal and professional development through permanent trainings at home and abroad is a part of her worklife. She concluded 1 year coaching training at the University of Cambridge. She is also a NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) master practitioner and qualified SDI (Strength Deployment Inventory) facilitator.