Teaching character: positive psychology for every teacher

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.

 

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.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

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

target

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.

program

DAY 1. Sunday (only afternoon)
Introductory meeting
Explanation of practical arrangements
Presentation of timetable
Information about course venue.

DAY 2. Monday
Character strengths: Character Strengths are 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.
Introduction to PERMA model: PERMA describe fundamental human motivators, i.e. P – positive emotions, E – engagement, R – relationships, M – meaning, A – accomplishment. Participants will learn to boost these five elements in a school in order to help students reach a life of fulfilment, happiness, and meaning.

DAY 3. Tuesday
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.​

DAY 4. Wednesday
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.
Excursion

DAY 5. Thursday
Teaching resilience: Resilience is our ability to bounce back from the stresses of life. It’s not about avoiding the stress, but learning to thrive within the stress. The workshop on teaching resilience will empower teachers to develop the seven essential skills of resilience of their students: emotional awareness and self-regulation, impulse control, optimism, flexible & accurate thinking, empathy, self-efficacy, connecting and reaching out in to practical activities.​

DAY 6. Friday
Flow and engagement: Flow is a state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter. Flow deepens learning and encourages long-term interest in a subject. Student engagement exists when students experience high levels of concentration, interest, and enjoyment. Mismatches between a task’s challenge and a student’s skill set can lead to anxiety or boredom. Participants will learn to design learning experience in which students’ skills are matched with an appropriate challenge that stretches their ability, but not to the extent of frustration.​

DAY 7. Saturday (only morning)
Key learning points
Planning follow up activities, dissemination and implementation of learning outcomes
Discussing possibilities for future cooperation among participants

venue

Ljubljana, Slovenia

scheduled sessions *

10-16 February 2019
10-16 November 2019
23-29 February 2020
18-24 October 2020

Sessions available on demand in Rome, Italy

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.

costs **

Course fee only: 500 € including: tuition, training materials, administration costs, half-day excursion
Comfort package: 650 € including: tuition, training materials, administration costs, half-day excursion, guided walking tour of the City, 5 lunches, 2 dinners, airport transfer
Sessions in Rome: 650 € including: tuition, training materials, support for logistics and administrative arrangements, half-day excursion, welcome dinner

partners


Skupina Primera is HR consultancy based in Slovenian capital, Ljubljana. Primera’s team is expert for simple and integrated solutions, with people in the centre of attention. On the individual level we are focused mainly on personal and professional development.

 

NOTE

* Please consider that dedicated sessions and tailor made pro- grammes can be set for a minimum of five participants from the same organisation.

** All costs for attendance, travel and accommodation can be covered by an Erasmus+ KA1 grant. In case of several participants from the same organisation, a 100 € discount will be applied from the 6th participant onwards.
If you haven’t get funded yet, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@pro4geo.com for any further information and support with the preparation of your application form.