Character Strengths for Elementary School Teachers
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Character Strengths for Elementary School Teachers

A short course in Positive Education
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Increase engagement in learning
  • Increase enjoyment at school
  • Increase achievement
  • Improve social skills
  • Increase resilience
  • Build self-confidence and self-esteem
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Requirements
  • You should be able to use a computer at a beginner level
  • You should have speakers and ability to watch online video
Description

We love using positive psychology to help people thrive, especially in school. However we know teachers are pressed for time, and school budgets are tight. It broke our heart to think that schools aren't getting the benefit of positive education, so we created this online course. 

We know how beneficial this work is, and we are bursting at the seams to share it. 

In this course, you'll learn how to create The Happier Classroom, a place where teachers and students thrive.

We all want our children to thrive and be the best citizens they can be in the world. When we understand and cultivate children's character strengths, we enable them to be who they are at their very best. In other words, they flourish. But we also need to consider the wellbeing of our teachers, and staff.

This is a basic introductory course for teachers who want to implement this life-enhancing work into elementary/primary schools using the science of Positive Education. 


Who is the target audience?
  • Elementary School Teachers (Primary School Teachers)
  • School Administrators
  • School Counselors
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Curriculum For This Course
15 Lectures
01:06:34
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Introduction
1 Lecture 02:54
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What are character strengths?
1 Lecture 06:15

These 24 strengths are what make you (and others) a great human! When we focus on these, we help them grow!


ADDITIONAL VIDEO RESOURCES LINKS


Video: “The Science of Character” (8 mins)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=BdQRECe37K0

RECOMMENDED JOURNAL/ARTICLE LINKS

WHAT AND WHY IS POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY? (Gable and Haidt), 2005

https://ppc.sas.upenn.edu/sites/ppc.sas.upenn.edu/files/whatispp.pdf

RECOMMENDED WEBSITES

www.ggs.vic.edu.au/School/Positive-Education

https://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/

RECOMMENDED BLOGS

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-good-life/200805/what-is-positive-psychology-and-what-is-it-not

https://blogs.psychcentral.com/stress-better/2015/01/can-you-see-whats-right-with-this-picture-literally/

RECOMMENDED READING

Character Strengths and Virtues, by Peterson, C., &Seligman, M.E.P., Oxford University Press. New York, (2004)


Preview 06:15

Quiz
5 questions
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The first four strengths - Courage, Creativity, Curiosity, and Enthusiasm
2 Lectures 08:47

Can you spot Courage, Creativity, Curiosity or Enthusiasm in yourself? Or how about one of your students?


ADDITIONAL VIDEO RESOURCES LINK

Courage of famous failures: 4.25 mins

"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ydeyl0vXdP0">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ydeyl0vXdP0

RECOMMENDED JOURNAL/ARTICLE LINK

STRENGTHSPOTTING (Linley), 2008 http://www.capp.co/Portals/3/Files/Average_to_Aplu...

RECOMMENDED WEBSITE

http://www.michellemcquaid.com/spot-others-strengths/

RECOMMENDED BLOGS

COURAGE:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-dance-connection/201004/living-courageously-heres-how\

CREATIVITY:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200911/everyday-creativity

CURIOSITY:

http://fionatrembath.com/blog/curiosity-didnt-kill-the-cat/

ENTHUSIASM:

http://fionatrembath.com/blog/un-curbed-enthusiasm/

RECOMMENDED READING

Flourish, by Seligman, M.E.P, The Free Press. New York (2011)


Preview 07:02

I (Nicole here) used to hate my creativity. Then I worked with a strengths coach who showed me a mistake I'd been making (a common one, by the way). Check out what happened.

In this video I mention the first strengths card game that, thanks to my creativity, helped me come up with. I've shared that game (and more) in the Games section under the Bonus lesson at the end of this course. If you hop over there now, just remember to hop back because we have lots more to share!



****NOTE _ ADD A GAME SECTION under the BONUS LESSON AT THE END OF THIS COURSE!!!!!!*******

Nicole's beef with Creativity
01:45

Quiz
10 questions
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Signature Strengths. Plus, Fairness, Forgiveness, Friendship and Gratitude!
2 Lectures 08:33

ADDITIONAL VIDEO RESOURCES LINKS

Nicole Stottlemyer on Using strengths: 2:32

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxMcYkr9gf8">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxMcYkr9gf8

Nicole Stottlemyer on Gratitude: 2.47 mins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=24&v=NhHPU_FQKz4

RECOMMENDED JOURNAL/ARTICLE LINK

WHO BENEFITS THE MOST FROM A GRATITUDE INTERVENTION IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS? (Froha, Kashdan, Ozimkowskia and Miller), 2008

https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/b173/baf4d647d8ac...

RECOMMENDED WEBSITES

http://gratefulness.org/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/gratitude

RECOMMENDED BLOGS

FAIRNESS:

http://fionatrembath.com/blog/my-fairy-lady/

FORGIVENESS:

http://fionatrembath.com/blog/forgiving-and-forgetting-to-forgive/

FRIENDSHIP:

http://fionatrembath.com/blog/be-friend/

GRATITUDE:

http://fionatrembath.com/blog/home-sweet-sweet-home/

RECOMMENDED READING

The Strengths Book, by Linley, A., Willars, J., & Biswas-Diener, R, CAPP Press, UK (2010)

Top strengths are a lifesaver! Expand, Unpack and Spot the next 4 strengths!
06:44

Fiona on Fairness
01:49

Quiz
10 questions
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Finding your signature. Plus Honesty, Hope, Humor and Kindness
3 Lectures 10:53

ADDITIONAL VIDEO RESOURCES LINKS

On hope: 3.39 mins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MH2HNA4de4&t=39s">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MH2HNA4de4&t=39s

On kindness: 5.44 mins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwAYpLVyeFU

RECOMMENDED JOURNAL/ARTICLE LINK

THE FUTURE OF OPTIMISM (Peterson), 2000

http://www.newriver.edu/images/stories/library/Stennett_Psychology_Articles/Future_of_Optimism.pdf

RECOMMENDED WEBSITES

On Snyder’s hope theory:

https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/snyder-hope-theory.htm

On integrity/authenticity:

http://www.karissathacker.com/

RECOMMENDED BLOGS

HONESTY:

http://fionatrembath.com/blog/unreal-banana-peel/

HOPE:

http://fionatrembath.com/blog/hope-is-where-the-heart-is/

HUMOUR:

http://fionatrembath.com/blog/laughing-matters/

KINDNESS:

http://fionatrembath.com/blog/taking-notice/

RECOMMENDED READING

The Courage to Teach, by Parker Palmer, John Wiley & Sons (2007)

UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World, by M Borba, Touchstone, (2016)

The Art of Authenticity: by K Thacker, Wiley (2016)

3 Tips for discovering your Signature! Expand, Unpack and Spot the next 4!
08:05

Nicole on Honesty
01:49

Fiona on Kindness
00:59

Quiz
10 questions
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Can you overdo it? Plus the 4 "L" strengths
1 Lecture 07:56

ADDITIONAL VIDEO RESOURCES

The VIA Institute: Character Strengths in Schools 8.36 mins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZYveRLtXXY">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZYveRLtXXY

JOURNAL/ARTICLE LINK

Character strengths in fifty-four nations and the fifty US states (Park, Peterson, Seligman), 2006

http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=...

RECOMMENDED WEBSITES

http://wholebeinginstitute.com/

http://www.happier.tv/

RECOMMENDED BLOGS

http://www.viacharacter.org/resources/a-classroom-of-character-a-parents-perspective/

OVERUSE/UNDERUSE:

http://fionatrembath.com/blog/sweet-and-sour/

LEADERSHIP

http://fionatrembath.com/blog/to-infinity-and-beyond/

LOVE

http://www.viacharacter.org/blog/the-mystery-of-love/

LOVE OF BEAUTY 

http://fionatrembath.com/blog/appreciating-beauty-and-excellence/

LOVE OF LEARNING 

http://fionatrembath.com/blog/planting-seeds-of-greatness/

RECOMMENDED READING

Flow, by M Csikszentmihalyi, Harper and Row, USA (2002)

Character Strengths Matter, by Shannon Polly & Kathryn Britton, Positive Psychology News, LLC (2015)

Staying out of strengths-trouble
07:56

Quiz
10 questions
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Growth Mindset! Plus Modesty, Open-Mindedness, Persistence and Prudence
2 Lectures 09:16

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Section 7, Is HERE for YOU!


ADDITIONAL VIDEO RESOURCE

Developing a Growth Mindset: 9.37 mins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiiEeMN7vbQ">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiiEeMN7vbQ

RECOMMENDED JOURNAL/ARTICLE LINK

MINDSETS THAT PROMOTE RESILIENCE: WHEN STUDENTS BELIEVE THAT PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS CAN BE DEVELOPED (Yeager and Dweck), 2014

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RECOMMENDED WEBSITE

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RECOMMENDED BLOGS

MODESTY:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/maybe-its-just-me/201012/the-paradox-modesty

OPEN-MINDEDNESS:

http://fionatrembath.com/blog/not-happy-jan/

PERSERVERANCE:

http://fionatrembath.com/blog/physician-heal-thyself/

PRUDENCE:

http://www.viacharacter.org/blog/prudence-is-cautious-wisdom-practical-reason/

RECOMMENDED READING

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol S. Dweck, Random House (2004)

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, Paul Tough,

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2012)

A perfect marriage. Strengths and Growth Mindset.
08:22

Fiona on Prudence
00:54

Quiz
10 questions
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Teaching Strengths through Role Models. Plus the FINAL 4!
1 Lecture 07:30

PS - You'll want to press pause at 2 minutes and 3 seconds and make a note about who in your life exemplifies a particular character strength.

To help you do that, here's the 24 Strengths easy reference worksheet again.

(Have you made that bulletin board yet? If so, we want pics!)


ADDITIONAL VIDEO RESOURCE

On Self-control: Leading Voices in Higher Education – Roy F. Baumeister interview 5.45 mins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V2B8_oT408">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V2B8_oT408

RECOMMENED JOURNAL/ARTICLE LINK

PRACTICAL WISDOM: ARISTOTLE MEETS POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY (Schwartz &Sharpe), 2006

http://www.academia.edu/13962963/Practical_Wisdom_Aristotle_meets_Positive_Psychology

RECOMMENDED WEBSITES

https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/wisdom

http://www.viacharacter.org/www/Character-Strengths/Self-Regulation

RECOMMENDED BLOGS

SELF-REGULATION

http://fionatrembath.com/blog/sorry-doesnt-have-to-be-the-hardest-word/

SPIRITUALITY

http://fionatrembath.com/blog/thats-the-spirit/

TEAMWORK

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/functioning-flourishing/201603/are-your-strengths-colliding-others

WISDOM

http://fionatrembath.com/blog/go-ahead-make-my-mothers-day/

RECOMMENDED READING

Helping Children Succeed: What works and Why, Paul Tough, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, (2016)

Willpower, Roy F Baumeister and John Tierney, Penguin Press (2011)

Positive Psychology at the Movies, Ryan Niemiec, Hogrefe Publishing (2013)


You're almost done this class! Go ahead, do a dance! Promise we won't look!
07:30

Quiz
10 questions
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Pete and RePete were sitting on a fence...
1 Lecture 03:15

One of my favorite grade school jokes is this:

Peat and Repeat were sitting on the fence. Peat fell off. Who was left?
(answer) Repeat.
Okay! Peat and Repeat were sitting on the fence. Peat fell off. Who was left?

Repetition is a great punch line in this joke, and a great way to finish a course! 

In this section Fiona and I repeat. So, just like we started, we'd like to say that:

We're so happy you've taken this course!


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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Strengths cards!

If you're as excited as I am about the strengths cards, you can pick up a pack at our website. For bulk orders, drop me a line. For additional savings send a singing telegram (wouldn't that be cool)!

Free Strengths Songs!

Oh, and don't forget, click this link for the free download of the strengths song and description of the project.

To your Strength,
Fiona and Nicole


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ADDITIONAL VIDEO RESOURCES LINK

Shanghai American School: 9.16 mins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfot-M24pi4">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfot-M24pi4

RECOMMENED JOURNAL/ARTICLE LINK

340 WAYS TO USE CHARACTER STRENGTHS (Rashid & Anjum), 2005

http://www.actionforhappiness.org/media/52486/340_...

RECOMMENDED WEBSITES

https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/

RECOMMENDED BLOGS

http://fionatrembath.com/blog/flow-flow-flow-your-boat/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-good-life/200805/what-is-positive-psychology-and-what-is-it-not

RECOMMENDED READING

Positive Education, Norrish, Jacolyn, Oxford University Press (2015)

The Resilience Factor, by K. Rievich, & A Shatte, Three Rivers Press (2003)

Marva Collins’ Way, by M Collins & Civia Tamarkin,Penguin Putnam, (1990)


Class Overview
03:15

Quiz
10 questions
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BONUS! (Besides, we already promised this!)
1 Lecture 01:15

We sincerely hope you enjoyed this class and we really mean it when we say that we hope you stay in touch. Just to prove it, here are our emails again: fiona@fromstrengthtostrength.com and nicole@fromstrengthtostrength.com

LINK TO THE STRENGTHS SURVEY - ADULT AND YOUTH VERSION

https://www.viacharacter.org/Survey/Account/Register

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LINK TO THE STRENGTHS SURVEY

http://thehappierclassroom.pro.viasurvey.org

ADDITIONAL VIDEO RESOURCES LINK

Nicole Stottlemyer: Journaling: 2.11 mins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dn6Fq3GapyY">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dn6Fq3GapyY

RECOMMENDED JOURNAL/ARTICLE LINK

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17439760.2014.920408">http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17439760.2014.920408

From Strength to Strength Worksheet

http://fromstrengthtostrength.com/images/Sample_pdfs/Worksheet.pdf

RECOMMENDED WEBSITES

https://characterlab.org/

https://www.larksong.com.au/for-teachers/

RECOMMENDED BLOG

https://www.ggs.vic.edu.au/School/Positive-Educati...

RECOMMENDED READING

Mindfulness and Character Strengths, by Ryan Niemiec, Hogrefe Publishing, (2014)


What order are your strengths?
01:15
About the Instructor
Fiona Trembath and Nicole Stottlemyer
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2 Students
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Positive Psychology Practioners

Fiona Trembath (BA Hons, MAPP)

Fiona is founder of ‘From Strength to Strength Australia’ and a graduate of Australia’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) and is passionate about looking for ‘what's right?' rather than ‘what's wrong?' as a way toward optimum health and wellbeing. As positive psychology practitioner, Fiona has developed a comprehensive range of resources for teachers and children to encourage strength-spotting and strength-development within the classroom.

Author of the junior fiction novel, Crackpot, Fiona is also a writer, editor, teacher, presenter and a regular guest on ABC (Australia) Radio Overnights program.

Nicole Stottlemyer (BA, CiPP)

Nicole is a fun and engaging facilitator, coach and enthusiastic inventor of happiness games. Trained under Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar at the Wholebeing Institute, she uses Positive Psychology to spread happiness, improve relationships, and increase success.

She’s worked with students of all ages and diverse backgrounds, and has been featured in the Boston Globe.

Nicole’s first ebook, “Strengths Games: Fun ways to bring out the best!" is due for release later this year.