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Exploring the Idea of Happiness as Part of School Work

Luca Nisalli

I’ve been exploring the science of Happy and happiness research for the past two years in my college composition classrooms. We look at the work of various psychologists and psychiatrists, (like Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar and Professor Dan Gilbert, both of Harvard) who are writing and teaching on the science of happiness.

This article from PBS Mind/Shift, “Exploring the Idea of Happiness as Part of School Work,” discusses what that looks like in the classroom, and why “happy matters.” I agree wholeheartedly. After all, the brain on positive is 31% more productive than at negative, neutral, or stressed.

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Infographic: Using Digital Resources to Propel Student Success

Digital Resources in the Classroom, from PBS Learning Media

With 74% of teachers saying educational technology motivates students, and two-thirds of teachers surveyed saying they want MORE classroom technology, it is clear that teachers are both embracing and utilizing digital resources in innovative and meaningful ways to facilitate student success. Engaged students are successful students!

How are you using digital resources in the classroom? Have you started a blog? Using iPads or e-readers? What innovative ideas have you come up with to help your students? I’d love to hear from you!