Maximizing Engagement and Learning through Positive Climate by Joan Young
Very Briefly.. A little about Me! Passionate about helping bring out the best in kids so that they “flourish” 4 th grade teacher/former K teacher Author of 25 Super Sight Word Songs: Super Sight Word Songs Finding Ways for All Kids to Flourish
A Little About You! On the next board, please share by typing what you hope to learn and/or contribute to our discussion! If desired, please indicate your role in education!
Threats to Environment On the next board, please write factors that pose a threat to maintaining a positive classroom environment
Who has inspired me? Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, author of Positivity http://www.amazon.com/Positivity-Groundbreaking-Research-Strength-Negativity/dp/0307393739 Broaden and Build Theory of Positive Emotions http://www.unc.edu/peplab/research.html got me thinking of how we can capitalize on positive emotions and their effect on cognitive flexibility.
The expanded cognitive flexibility evident during positive emotional states results in resource building that becomes useful over time. Even though a positive emotional state is only momentary, the benefits last in the form of traits, social bonds, and abilities that endure into the future.
Dr. Judy Willis neurologist, middle school teacher, author http://www.radteach.com/ Dr. John Medina , Brain Rules and Brain Rules for Baby Dr. John Ratey , author of Spark Dr. Todd Kashdan , author of Curious
Got Practical Ideas? yes Routines and Rituals Movement Music Novelty Spontaneity Time dedicated to exploration of fascination
Routines, Rituals, Jobs Student has job of classroom environment engineer each week Other jobs: class photographer, blogger, music manager Jobs promote responsibility, community
Music is powerful Raise your hand if you use music to enhance the mood or set the stage At the end during questions/discussions I would love to hear how you incorporate music
Novelty Awakens Present a lesson in a different order, new place, or while talking like a character in the book students are reading. Start singing the directions or rhyming. How do you use novelty to engage?
Be Spontaneous ! Be creative Ignore negativity from peers
Power of Awe & Fascination http://allkidscanflourish.blogspot.com/2010/04/power-of-awe-fascination-and-wonder.html
Fascination Time Study what you’re interested in studying Share a strength or a skill Work together in a shared exploration or creation Students can record questions/passions in a journal Skype an expert in the field
Humor Protects.. Use humor to protect from stress Celebrate mistakes with humor Santa’s “slay” : OOPS! Kids want to make bloopers out of “funny mistakes”
Celebrate Our Mistakes with Humor Students love to “catch me” making a mistake. “ I am so glad you are paying attention! I was testing you!
Resources for Humor Benefits What’s you favorite way to seize the power of humor to uplift?
Be proactive to prevent stress Before a big writing test, I spontaneously invited the students to a huddle in the center of the room We all put a hand in and cheered: We are going to “ROCK THE WRAP!” The week before our standardized tests, I took pics of students looking above privacy screens with fear. We laughed and dispelled fears.
Help students to “reframe” When something goes wrong, help students learn how to “reframe” Challenge their irrational beliefs; taking the time to “reset” the emotional climate after recess is invaluable!
Walk Around it! Teach kids that what they choose to focus on affects their mood and how they learn. Just, “walk around it” and come back later.
You have -- within you -- the fuel to thrive and to flourish, and to leave this world in better shape than you found it. Sometimes you tap into this fuel – other times you don’t. But the sad fact is that most people have no idea how to tap into this fuel or even recognize it when they do. Where is this fuel within you? You tap into it whenever you feel energized and excited by new ideas. You tap into it whenever you feel at one with your surroundings, at peace. You tap into it whenever you feel playful, creative, or silly. You tap into it whenever you feel your soul stirred by the sheer beauty of existence. You tap into it whenever you feel connected to others and loved. In short, you tap into it whenever positive emotions resonate within you. From the UNC Chapel Hill Pep Lab