Category

Positive Education

Why Telling Your Child to Feel Proud of Their Work Can Backfire

Let’s set the scene. Like many super-involved parents, you’ve been checking the school portal, keeping up with your child’s daily performance. There it is. You’ve been waiting for this moment. On the page before you is proof that your kid can be a high achiever. It’s a big jump in the English grade! You may be...
Read More

Unleash Your Inner 7-year-old for More Creativity

Do you ever wish you were more creative? Research has shown that adults can be primed to become more creative simply by being asked to think like children. There are many kinds of creativity, including flexible thinking, elaboration of existing ideas, fluency of ideas, and originality. For the purposes of the study, college students were...
Read More

Becoming Future-proof

The goal of education is to produce lifelong learners.  In an age of globalization, outsourcing and job creation and elimination, this is quite a task.  Moreover, changes we make to education today may take years to manifest in the world of adult workers.  To become future-proofed, educators must guide students to: synthesize information by learning...
Read More

For Small Wins, Think Bigger Picture

If you’re like me, when faced with the ill-defined obstacle of “all of the stuff that needs to get done,” it’s very tempting to immediately launch into action. But any sports team knows better than to attack blindly; you need a savvy strategy to succeed. A champion squad would never enter the arena without a...
Read More

Unleash Your Epic Self: Soft Skills in Your Hand

You’ve heard of soft skills. They are part of the hidden curriculum that includes interpersonal communication abilities like showing empathy, compassion, and conflict resolution skills, as well as demonstrating emotional self-awareness, self-regulation, perseverance, and creative, independent problem-solving. At school, work and life, we depend on soft skills. I’ve spent my career working with people who have tried and struggled to build self-regulation and...
Read More

Your Easy-As-Pie Resilience Recipe, Step 3: Revel in Your Resilience (Embrace Homemade)

  While baking your resilience pie, you’ve observed yourself and used what you’ve noticed to recognize your own patterns. You see yourself clearly. Now how do you grow from where towards where you want to be? How can you increase your natural resilience? Celebrate what’s going right so that you can help it to be...
Read More

How to Retain More Students to Graduation: Embed Success Science

Samiha is a college freshman. Despite coming from a home with limited financial resources, Samiha was able to develop her artistic talents through part-time work in a local shop where she made weekly changes to the display window. With the help of a school counselor Samiha created an art portfolio and was accepted to a...
Read More

Getting to Graduation: Positive Psychology for Higher-ed Student Retention

By some standards, college attendance in the US is a remarkable success story. After all, nearly 4 out of 5 high school grads will enroll in college within 8 years of their high school graduation. Sadly, retention of these students is quite low. Nearly a quarter of the undergraduates in the United States are placed...
Read More

Be Your Best Bird: Larks & Owls

If you want to make the most of your productive energy each day, you need to know if you are a lark or an owl. Maybe you are a lark – They tend to wake early and their energy is decidedly highest in the morning. Owls on the other hand feel most alive and productive...
Read More

Progress: Is Your School District Just Using the “Good Enough” Standard?

Apparently not all school districts use the same standards in determining the benefit of the education they provide. While practically this should come as no surprise, given the vast differences in available resources among districts, it may surprise you to know this:  Special education law has been interpreted by the US Court of Appeals to...
Read More
1 2