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.
Character strengths: Character Strengthsare the positive parts of our personality that impact how we think, feel and behave and are the keys to being our best self. Every individual possesses all 24 character strengths in different degrees, giving each person a unique character profile. When skillfully applied, character strengths have a significant positive impact on our life. Using character strengths help us buffer against, manage and overcome problems, improve relationships, and enhance health and well-being. Participants will learn helping students use their character strengths to flourish in life.
Encouraging growth mindset: In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity.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.
Positive relationships: When students feel positive about school, have good relationships with their teachers and peers, and see their learning as purposeful, they are more academically engaged and achieve more. Participants will learn implement classroom strategies to raise awareness in relationships: peer to peer and student – teacher. By encouraging positive relationships based on trust and respect teachers not only facilitate collaborate learning but also prevent violence and bullying.
Key learning points.
Planning follow up activities, dissemination and implementation of learning outcomes.
Discussing possibilities for future cooperation among participants.
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- 16. 08. – 22. 08. – Zagreb, Croatia
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- 18. 10. – 24. 10. Ljubljana, Slovenia
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- 21. 03. – 27. 03. Ljubljana, Slovenia
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- 07. 11. – 13. 11.
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Useful information about Teaching Character course
Which competencies will you acquire in the “Teaching Character: Positive Psychology for Every Teacher” course?
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
In what ways can you integrate competencies into work?
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.
Donna Breen is a Counsellor /Psychotherapist, practising and offering services online. Specialising in short term CBT Counselling – cognitive behaviour therapy and Online counselling so can work with anyone, anywhere in the world.
She holds a 1st class honours degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy and gained her specialisation by completing a Masters (MA) in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and during her time working for of one of the largest health insurance companies in Ireland.
Her training and experience span almost 10 years, setting up a 3rd level Counselling service and working as the Student Counsellor for over 5 years, along with various other tutoring and Counselling roles with the companies and organisations. She works with people who experience anxiety, depression, post natal depression, post traumatic stress disorder to name but a few.
“Interesting contents, careful organization, practical tools to apply in the school, great team of both coaches and participants. Excellent This was a great course! Very well organized and placed in a nice hotel close to the city center of beautiful Ljublijana. We got lots of information and practical activities for classroom as well as for developing our own thoughts and well-being. Teachers were very professional and atmosphere on course was lovely. I would highly recommend for every teacher!”
“This was a really fine course! It was characterized by the balance of theory and paractise related to positive psychology, character strengths, resilience, fixed and growth mindset. We got and tried out lots of interesting and various practical activities in playful way. Teachers and course organizer were professional and emphatic! Atmosphere and other participants were lovely and encouraging! Ljubljana and Slovenian hospitality are well worth seeing, tasting! I heartily recommend it for every teacher!”
“This course gave a plenty of information about positive psychology and how to use it in a classroom. The teachers were all very professional but also warm and nice persons. The course gave us a lot of theoretical and scientific information about positive psychology, character strengths, growth and fixed mindset, aso., but in a functional, playful, and very adaptable way. Everything was very well organized and this course, the teachers, the other participants and beautiful Ljubljana gave me a lot of tools to work better with my students. High recommendations!”
“Interesting games to get some character strengths which can be used in a classroom”
“Gostei muito deste curso e recomendo-o vivamente! O mais interessante foi a prática e divulgação de atividades relacionadas com integração, potenciação das forças de caráter, pilares de resiliência e desenvolvimento da mentalidade. A organização é impecável, a equipa de formadores é excelente e a Eslovénia e, em particular, Liubliana são sítios muito interessantes para se conhecer!”