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The Science and Practice of Positive Psychology for Schools

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Transcript of The Science and Practice of Positive Psychology for Schools

Mindfulness
Broaden & Build Theory
ANTs
The Science and Practice of Positive Psychology
for Schools

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Name some ANTs
PETs
P
E
T
erfomance
nhancing
houghts
s
What are some PETs to transform the ANTs?
A 2006 study of students in Townsville diocese showed the benefits of meditation in schools. These included greater calmness; a sense of relaxation, better stress management; improved concentration and better interaction with others.
(Campion & Rocco 2009)
Character
Strengths
Flow
ACR
Active & Constructive Responding
Active Mindfulness
- Just Dance on YouTube
- Finger breathing
- Rollercoaster video

Mindfulness does not have to be silent and still meditation
Programs:
Rock and Water
http://www.rockandwaterprogram.com

Mindfulness in Schools Program (.b)
https://mindfulnessinschools.org/what-is-b/b-curriculum/

This is the core for change of mindset


Needs practice and discipline
- Anchor point
for intentionality
- Practice regularly

Implement
- Staged and protected release.
- Covenant of respect to avoid
unintentional repetition
Strengths
- Intentional
- Look at exemplars
i.e focus beyond yourself before focusing on yourself
Positive Education Pitch/Declaration
As Pos Ed champions @ Ravo what would be your quick pitch to someone who asks, 'What's this Positive Education thing anyway and is it worth all the hype?'
Positive Social Media Strategies
Positive Hashtags
#sparkjoy
#gratitude
#Ilove
#SoProud
#InAwe
etc for the
10 Pos Ems
stand where you are
move your body in sync with the motion of the video
- Strengths stalking
to change your
mindset around someone who annoys
or frustrates you
- Strengths as focus for
awards / merit cards / house points
- Strengths 'Wonder Wall'
for both staff & students
- Strengths in subject area
inquiry e.g. character
study in novel with a
strengths focus
neither overplay
or underplay
strengths
Aim is to
Learning take-aways by Jon Humphries
from a professional development day held by
Positivity Institute in association with ACER
presented by Dr Suzy Green and Claudia Owad
Key
Positive Psychology Topics
- Growth Mindset
- Character Strengths
- PERMAH Model of wellbeing
- Positive Emotions
- Engagement & Flow
- Positive Relationship
- Meaning and purpose
- Goal setting and achievement
- Emotional & Social Intelligence
- Mental Flexibility & Resilience
- Optimism
- Grit and Determination
- Wisdom
- Elevation
- Hope
- Self-efficacy
- Authenticity
- The power of Humour
- Gratitude
- Creativity
- Forgiveness
...and many more
What is and can be right with us, as opposed to what is or might be wrong with us
Positive Psychology
...is a proactive approach to fostering flourishing.
It is an evidence-based body of knowledge to assist in promoting wellbeing.

It is about viewing mental health in terms of positive attributes rather than an absence of mental illness
5:1 Ratio
Work Orientation Theory
Job
Career
Calling
A chore; a means to financial gain rather than personal fulfilment
Corporate ladder climbing; the persuit of promotion; desire for increased power, prestige and remuneration
work brings fulfilment as it is a match for gifts, skills and passion. Sense of being where they are meant to be and doing what they are meant to do
Accomplishement
Grit

Self-Control

Self-Efficacy

Self-Determination

Self-Concordance
Tendency to sustain inster and effort towards long term goals
Voluntary regulation of behaviour, emotional and attentional impulses to delay gratification of momentary desires
belief in the self's ability to accomplish what is needed to realise goals and desired outcomes
the fulfilment of psychological need for competence
the alignment of goals to values to increase intrinsic motivation
Emmons - "not all goals are equal"

Goals should not be Introjected
- the should be own goal.
Self-Identified

Learning Gems
A post-it note or graffiti wall to note a word of wisdom or special 'take-away' from a peer or teacher
About Scoping and Sequencing
Aim of Positive Psychology
U
P
L
I
F
T
nderstanding
os Psych/Pos Ed
earning
n
uture
eaching
Coaching
The Power of Revisiting
There is a power in revisting - always more to learn and
re-learn

Don't assume others hold the same understanding as we do
Need to Scaffold Learning a
Growth Mindset
Differentiation
"...positive emotions appear
to broaden peoples’ momentary
thought–action repertoires and build their enduring
personal resources"
(Fredrickson 1998, 2001).
ANTs
A
N
T
utomatic
egative
houghts
s
Positive Psychology
is not about token or naive positivity
Positive +
- Negative
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