Last week, we enjoyed a wonderful experience with great experts in the education field. In alliance with International Positive Education Network (IPEN), we lived The 5th Ultimate Wellbeing in Education Conference from London, where we learned some insights needed to develop capabilities in positive education.
This type of alliances developed by important leaders of initiatives in happiness, education and motivation, confirm the interest of World Happiness Fest to generate a new model of well-being for society.
Under this premise, the world forum of happiness and well-being has been developing a complete agenda of activities that serve as a prelude to what will be the festival in Spain next March.
We take the opportunity to share a summary with some important highlights left by the speakers:
“Wellbeing it’s all about relationship with self and others”.
What is mindfulness? The ability to observe your thoughts and feelings as they happen, non judgmentally. This enables you to pause and consider your chosen response, rather than simply reacting and empowers you to be in control.
Why and how measure wellbeing?
Key learnings (in development of measurement tools) and practical applications of wellbeing measurement at school.
Individual benefits: wellbeing literacy, self-awareness, agency and pastoral care. School/cohort benefits: current state, needs analysis, trends over time and intervention success.
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. Compassion, courage, wisdom, happiness and justice matter. It has been demonstrated by emerging investigation areas like neuroscience, evolutionary biology, developmental psychology, educational psychology and psychotherapy, between others.
The importance of education in showing we have more in common: normal people who want to make a difference and do something positive inspire a More in Common community to develop capabilities, through communities counteracting the narrative of division & negativity. Strands of work: sport and physical activity, education, faith and culture and the creative arts.
Embedding the positive education into whole school are (only) possible into positive school relationships. To increase: attainment, attendance, learning engagement, teacher performance & motivation. And to decrease: bullying, victimisation.
Supporting well-being for students monitoring standards such as develop language and vocabulary, time management, etc. Following and giving instructions is essential in order to function at school.
Understanding intrinsic motivation is crucial to improving both your own and your pupils engagement & performance. Energy is key to achieving our goals: without motivation there isn’t the energy to move forward. As well as the positive impact on our mental health, when we are motivated we: learn better, think faster, find creative solutions and achieve more.
“The person is not the problem. The problem is the problem”.
Hazel teaches us practical methods of how to teach kids about the brain and emotions, like play with Lego for example.
Different or difficult. All behaviour is a form of communication. All children benefit from adults understanding and accepting their inborn temperament and understanding their educational needs. Be aware of labelling, the power of positive parenting.
Using character strengths improves engagement, performance & satisfaction. A strengths approach focusing on ‘what works well’ works at three levels: the individual level, whether that is the individual staff member or student, the classroom or class group level and the whole school level.
We are looking forward to seeing you again. Follow us and stay informed of our upcoming activities.