The Importance of Happy Students: Summer Book Report on The Happiness Advantage

Recently a colleague (and friend!) recommended a book by Shawn Achor called The Happiness Advantage. The premise of the book is that happy people are successful; not that success leads to happiness, as is commonly believed. Achor works with Fortune 500 companies to maximize their effectiveness and subsequently their profits. And while profits and business …

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Solution Resolution Conclusion

David Brooks’ article, “Everyone a Changemaker” struck a chord with some of the goals I feel education should strive for. Brooks refers to Bill Drayton, a “legend in the nonprofit world” to describe the need for “changemakers”: “Drayton believes we’re in the middle of a necessary but painful historical transition. For millenniums most people’s lives …

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Teachers as Facilitators

Some of the best teaching moments are really just moments of facilitation. It sure makes teaching sound unromantic but really, we facilitate opportunities for our students to learn and grow. If we work hard, and the facilitation is successful we are happy to watch from the sidelines as our students become the lead actors in …

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