Positive Psychology in the Classroom
The CTL recently welcomed Lisa Sansom of the School of Business to speak on positive psychology. While applicable to every aspect of our lives, the positive psychology concept of PERMA can be highly applicable to the classroom. PERMA is an acronym standing for Positive emotions, Engagement/flow, Relationships, Meaning/purpose, and Accomplishment. To create a flourishing classroom environment, try applying these five pillars in your teaching.
P - Foster and promote positive emotions in class. Welcome students at the door with a smile and engage in encouraging dialogue.
E - Aim to provide opportunities for deep engagement or flow - moments where skills meet challenge and students are so immersed in an activity that time passes effortlessly
R – Learning does not occur in isolation. What better place than the classroom to foster the development of strong positive relationships between all members?
M – Information disconnected from meaning is more likely to be forgotten. Help students develop a sense of connectedness between course content and a larger purpose or meaning.
A – Students may feel a sense of accomplishment when they receive their final grade, but are there opportunities for students to celebrate smaller accomplishments along the way? Help students develop grit, determination and a growth mindset.
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