The Power of Positive Schools
Overcoming Negativity & Creating Success
Frequently, I hear from teachers about negativity in the workplace. It often comes in the form of fellow teachers who are so caught up in the politics of education and the “busy-ness” of the school year, that they’ve lost the joy that led them to choose a career in teaching. They have a negative attitude—and it’s starting to affect everyone around them.
A 2013 Gallop poll found that only 13% of the workforce is happy in their jobs, which results in a cost of $500 billion annually, in the US alone. When the workforce in question is comprised of teachers, the loss may be felt more than just monetarily. Lessons suffer, learning suffers, students suffer.
But happiness researcher Shawn Achor has found that when employees work with a positive mindset, their performance undergoes a positive transformation, as well, improving productivity, creativity, and engagement. Further, Achor says, “People who cultivate a positive mindset perform better in the face of challenge.” Which means, even if you work with a bunch of Negative Nellies, you can still be a Positive Polly!
All of us in the education field have a choice to make. We can focus on everything that’s broken about the system—or we can choose HOPE. We can refocus our energies and find ways back to doing what we know in our hearts is truly RIGHT for our students—beyond the standardized tests and professional politics. We can show up for our students in the ways they need us to—with a positive mindset and a joyful heart.
Here’s what you’ll learn in these areas of professional development:
- How to be the positive outlier
- Negative Nellies and Positive Pollies
- The Power of Positive Energy
- How to change the lens through which we view challenges
- Two characteristics students are looking for in a teacher
- Fostering relationships with students and with co-workers