Thursday, 30 January 2014

March's Character Trait - Optimism

The character trait for March is Optimism

Video (Affirmation - Maxwell House) - inspiring videos -

Thanks to Kelly for the following resources:

Optimism Resources for Teachers:

TED Talk
Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret to Better Work
Shawn Achor is the CEO of Good Think Inc., where he researches and teaches about positive psychology. In this TED Talk, he discusses the power of positive thinking in making us more productive and happier. He suggests the following strategies for fostering happiness in daily life:
- Acknowledging "3 Gratitudes" daily
- Writing in a journal
- Exercise
- Meditation
- Random Acts of Kindness

SCDSB Optimism Strategies:

Parenting Blog:
This blog post is about teaching kids optimism and has some great points about why it is important to instill a sense of optimism in our youth and how we can help.

Teachers and Optimism:
This website offers a lot of background information on optimism, but at the bottom of the page there are three lesson plans that address optimism.

Optimism Resources for Use in the Classroom:

When Pigs Fly on Tumblebooks

Me to We Website
This section of the Me to We website outlines their speakers, many of which demonstrate optimism. There are biographies and videos about each speaker.


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