This year sixth grade Humanities teacher, Amanda, is attending the University of Pennsylvania to pursue a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology. Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.
Amanda is learning from leading researchers in Positive Psychology like Martin Seligman, prolific author/researcher, founder of Positive Psychology and former president of the APA, Angela Duckworth, educational researcher and the author of the book, Grit, and a rotating panel of experts in topics like morality (Paul Bloom), physical activity (John Ratey, author of Go Wild), and well-being in the workplace (Barry Schwartz).
In the fall, Amanda and her class studied Grit (the unwavering commitment to pursue/achieve goals) and Flow (the state of deep immersion felt when the challenge at hand is well-suited to our particular skills). Amanda would be delighted to share more information with anyone who might be interested in this ground-breaking and exciting field of study.
Amanda discovered Positive Psychology after years of teaching character education and strengths development in schools. She is thrilled to bring her research on goal-setting, motivation, and positive parenting back home to support the students and families at Westside School!