Sometimes, especially if you’re teaching in a challenging classroom situation, it’s not always easy to stay positive at school. It’s difficult, if not impossible, for anyone to stay positive one hundred percent of the time, but we can try. I’ve written a fair amount about the challenges I face in doing it myself and in helping my students do the same thing, and I thought I’d bring them all together into one post (I’ve also written a lot about it in my newest book, including lesson plans).
I was also prompted to put this “The Best…” list together after recently reading about studies that found:
…that a positive mood increases verbal fluency, improves creativity and problem solving, and helps us think less linearly, which are key to innovation. Overall, the more positive we are, the more likely we are to have penetrating moments of insight.
Here are my choices for My Best Posts On Why It’s Important To Be Positive In Class:
How to rewire your brain to be more optimistic is from The Boston Globe. It has some useful suggestions I’m going to incorporate in a lesson plan, as well as this interesting fact:
A 2005 University of Kentucky study found that optimistic folks spent a minute longer trying to solve an unsolvable anagram word puzzle than those who were more pessimistic. “They literally don’t give up as easily and this links to greater success in life,” said Fox. “Optimists tend to think they can change things; they have a real sense of control, even if it’s illusory.”
Coaching Young People to Be Positive Pays Off is from Science Daily. Here’s an excerpt:
Positive attitudes such as self-belief, aspiration, flexibility and appetite for learning were associated with less hyperactivity, fewer emotional problems, fewer problems with fellow pupils and greater inclination to help others. Pupils with this positive mindset were also happier and slept better. Interestingly, a range of employability skills such as teamwork, problem solving and planning were also associated with greater happiness in pupils.
Feedback on this topic are welcome!