Positive Psychology in the Elementary School Classroom

Positive Psychology in the Elementary School Classroom

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WW Norton
When the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History reclassified Pluto as an icy comet, the New York Times proclaimed on page one, "Pluto Not a Planet? Only in New York." Immediately, the public, professionals, and press were choosing sides over Pluto's planethood. Pluto is entrenched in our cultural and emotional view of the cosmos, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, award-winning author and director of the Rose Center, is on a quest to discover why. He stood at the heart of the controversy over Pluto's demotion, and consequently Plutophiles have freely shared their opinions with him, including endless hate mail from third-graders. With his inimitable wit, Tyson delivers a minihistory of planets, describes the oversized characters of the people who study them, and recounts how America's favorite planet was ousted from the cosmic hub.

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How can the latest breakthroughs in the neuroscience of emotional learning transform the classroom? How can teachers use the principles and practices of positive psychology to ensure optimal 21st-century learning experiences for all children? Patty O’Grady answers those questions. Positive Psychology in the Elementary School Classroom presents the basics of positive psychology to educators and provides interactive resources to enrich teachers’ proficiency when using positive psychology in the classroom. O’Grady underlines the importance of teaching the whole child: encouraging social awareness and positive relationships, fostering self-motivation, and emphasizing social and emotional learning. Through the use of positive psychology in the classroom, children can learn to be more emotionally aware of their own and others’ feelings, use their strengths to engage academically and socially, pursue meaningful lives, and accomplish their personal goals.The book begins with Martin Seligman’s positive psychology principles, and continues into an overview of affective learning, including its philosophical and psychological roots, from finding the “golden mean” of emotional regulation to finding a child’s potencies and “golden self.” O’Grady connects the core concepts of educational neuroscience to the principles of positive psychology, explaining how feelings permeate the brain, affecting children’s thoughts and actions; how insular neurons make us feel empathy and help us learn by observation; and how the frontal cortex is the hall monitor of the brain. The book is full of practical examples and interactive resources that invite every educator to create a positive psychology classroom, where children can flourish and reach their full potential.
Use the neuroscience of emotional learning to transform your teaching.

Book News
O'Grady (former K-12 teacher and professor at U. of Tampa) created this book for teachers as a tool to help them actively create an environment of positive psychology in their classrooms. The book is comprised of eight chapters covering the following topics in regards to positive psychology in the elementary school classroom: promise, neuroscience, taxonomy, feelings, strengths, friendships, contributions, and the accomplished life. The book includes seven appendixes covering subjects including benchmarks and indicators, taxonomy of techniques, class meetings, emotions literature circle, and graphic organizers. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York :, W. W. Norton & Company,, 2013
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780393707588
Characteristics: xx, 365 pages ; 24 cm

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