"Our positive emotions are contagious. When we are feeling pleasant emotions, our students can't help but feel the same way. These positive feelings help our students broaden and build their thinking and build important resources they need to be successful learners."
(Jennings, 2015, Mindfulness for Teachers)
Our energy as teachers is contagious and influential!
Teachers who teach from a positive mindset create elevated classroom climates where students feel invited to take risks, enjoy learning, and push past their fears of failure.
While the reality of teaching, and now teaching amidst COVID, demand so very much of a teacher's mental and emotional health and energy, current research in teacher well-being confirms that teachers can learn how to metabolize stress as an invitation to create more energetic states of hope, happiness, well-being, and positivity.
In this highly experiential session, teachers will:
Discover what the research says about how a teacher's positive attitude impacts student learning, student/teacher relationships, and equity consciousness,
Learn about the neuroscience of "hard-wiring happiness" and how to train it,
Explore the 2 biggest impacts of positivity in the classroom setting and how positive energy states are the building blocks of teacher and student well-being.
Engage (2) mindfulness and neuro-science based guided meditation practices that calm the mind, regulate the nervous system, and "hardwire happiness" (Rick Hanson).
Practice a research-based process for transforming negative thought patterns and energy states into positive self-talk.
Learn and engage the "Mindful Kid-Witnessing" practice to as a proactive approach to reducing bias and depersonalization of the "other" and seeing student behavior from a lens of curiosity and compassion.