About the Course:
Psychology, sociology, and neuroscience point to the existence of a set of developable character strengths that serve as building blocks for positive life outcomes. That's why, character development and content mastery act as the two complementary halves of remarkable teaching. But they're often perceived to be in competition. When you ask parents about their goals for their children, they almost always respond with terms like, "successful", "happy", "curious" and "being kind to others". But when you ask schools about their goals, they often reply in terms of academic content, like "algebra", "subject-verb agreement" and "the periodic table."
Great teachers have always united those two visions.
This course explores the interconnection between character research, education, and academic rigor. During our sessions, course covers the field of positive psychology as it relates to character strengths, as well as the concepts of Growth Mindset, Constructive Responding, and Character Behavior Language. We will engage with the existing research, hear from eminent scholars in the field and top K-12 educators, and view footage of classroom teachers integrating these ideas into their classroom instruction.
Dave Levin will be the course instructor. Course workload will be 1-3 hours/week. It will be taught in English and subtitles will be available in English.
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