Positive Psychology in the Elementary School Classroom

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W. W. Norton & Company, Mar 11, 2013 - Education - 312 pages
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Use the neuroscience of emotional learning to transform your teaching.

How can the latest breakthroughs in the neuroscience of emotional learning transform the classroom? How can teachers use the principles and practices of positive psychology to ensure optimal 21st-century learning experiences for all children? Patty O’Grady answers those questions. Positive Psychology in the Elementary School Classroom presents the basics of positive psychology to educators and provides interactive resources to enrich teachers’ proficiency when using positive psychology in the classroom. O’Grady underlines the importance of teaching the whole child: encouraging social awareness and positive relationships, fostering self-motivation, and emphasizing social and emotional learning. Through the use of positive psychology in the classroom, children can learn to be more emotionally aware of their own and others’ feelings, use their strengths to engage academically and socially, pursue meaningful lives, and accomplish their personal goals.

The book begins with Martin Seligman’s positive psychology principles, and continues into an overview of affective learning, including its philosophical and psychological roots, from finding the “golden mean” of emotional regulation to finding a child’s potencies and “golden self.” O’Grady connects the core concepts of educational neuroscience to the principles of positive psychology, explaining how feelings permeate the brain, affecting children’s thoughts and actions; how insular neurons make us feel empathy and help us learn by observation; and how the frontal cortex is the hall monitor of the brain. The book is full of practical examples and interactive resources that invite every educator to create a positive psychology classroom, where children can flourish and reach their full potential.
 

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Contents

The Promise of Positive Psychology in the Elementary
1
Chapter
7
Chapter
19
The Neuroscience of Positive Psychology in
33
Applying Neuroscience Principles and Practices in
43
Summary and Conclusion
56
The Taxonomy of Positive Psychology in the Elementary
61
Teaching Positive Emotions and the Pleasant Life
95
Teaching Relationships and the Connected Life
189
Teaching Meaning and the Purposeful Life
227
Meaningful
235
Summary and Conclusion
269
Teaching Achievement and Success The Accomplished
275
Summary and Conclusion
292
Positive Psychology Teaching Taxonomy Benchmarks
299
Positive Psychology Planning Template Emotions
305

Emotional
101
Summary and Conclusion
129
Teaching Engagement and the Good Life Strengths
135
Engagement
145
Summary and Conclusion
183
Positive Psychology Lesson Plan Template
313
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Index
353
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Patty O’Grady’s work in the field of education and psychology spans 30 years and has included classroom teaching in both K–12 general and special education, as well as higher education, where she is currently on the faculty at the University of Tampa. She writes a blog about positive psychology in education for Psychology Today; she is also the author of numerous articles and a popular trainer and presenter. She earned her PhD in education and psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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