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:
The Best Posts, Articles & Videos About Learning From Mistakes & Failures
My Best Posts On Helping Students “Visualize Success”
The Best Posts About The Power Of Light Touches In The Classroom
The Best Resources On The Importance Of Building Positive Relationships With Students
Emphasizing Pride, Not Shame, In Classroom Management
Why The Start Of The School Day Might Be So Important…
What Do You Do When You’re Having A Bad Day At School?
“The Fun Theory”
More “Fun Theory”
“Does ‘Counting Our Blessings’ Really Help?”
A Lesson Highlighting Community Assets — Not Deficits
Have You Ever Felt Like You & Your Students Are “Enduring” Class Instead of Enjoying It?
The Importance Of Good Endings
Gratitude Letters & Student Achievement
“Fun Theory” Winners
Can Having Students Tell About Positive Events In Their Lives Impact The Classroom?
The Value Of Sharing Positive Events
Saying “Thank You”
Emphasizing What Students Can Do, Instead Of What They “Can’t”
“Do Positive People Live Longer?”
New Study On “The Influence of Positive Framing”
“The Power Of A Positive Phone Call Home”
“Small Surprise, Big Mood Change”
Maybe This Is Why Attacking Teachers Is So Popular…And Why It’s So Important To Speak Positively About Our Students
The “Three Good Things Exercise”
If You Needed More Research Saying It’s Important To Be Positive In Class….
The Importance Of Being Positive
“Bad Emotions And…Bad Feedback Have More Impact Than Good Ones”
On The Importance Of Being Positive In Class
Yet Another Reason Why We Need To Be Positive With Our Students
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.”
My Student Handout For Simple Journal-Writing
This Is Why I Have Students Share Their Positive Stories
“Share your Good News, and You [ & Others ] will be Better Off”
Student Reflection Form On Goals & Joy
Feedback on this topic are welcome!
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