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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton; 1 edition (Feb. 26 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039370758X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393707588
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #204,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Positive Psychology in the Elementary School Classroom, Patty O’Grady offers enriching information that will help teachers instruct the whole child. . . . It is not just about feeling good, and far more than just ‘being happy.’ It is about finding your individual strengths and personal motivations. Teachers who implement it can use academic subjects to teach about life lessons – about feelings, strengths, friendships, meaning, and pride in accomplishments. . . . [A] great read for therapists, parents, school counselors, and school personnel. . . . And, if you do lead a class, it just may make your teaching more memorable. — PsychCentral

[A] formative resource for those in teacher education as a means of influencing their view of classroom practice. . . . [S]hould feature on the reading lists for teacher trainees as a means of enhancing their understanding of the complex interrelationship between learning and teaching – and learners and teachers. — Primary Science (UK)

Through the use of positive psychology, teachers model and reinforce nonviolent behaviors and pro-social skills, thus providing students with a safe, caring, and inclusive environment in which every child can learn to become a respectful and responsible citizen. This book is an excellent resource for classroom teachers who want to integrate positive psychology values into their curriculum. Research has demonstrated that children who feel safe and cared for are predisposed to learning, and Patty O’Grady’s book provides readers with the tools to provide this care. — Bev Dekker, The Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities

Positive Psychology in the Elementary School Classroom provides a thorough examination of neuroscience research, educational theory, and teaching strategies that can be combined to produce a school climate that helps children grow both cognitively and emotionally. In addition to explaining the science behind the connection between emotional and academic competence, this book also teaches the reader about specific classroom activities that will enable children to develop confidence and enjoy an ‘accomplished life.’ — Cheryl Scott Williams, Executive Director, Learning First Alliance

About the Author

Patty O’Grady’s work in the field of education and psychology spans 30 years and has included classroom teaching in both K–12 general and special education, as well as higher education, where she is currently on the faculty at the University of Tampa. She writes a blog about positive psychology in education for Psychology Today; she is also the author of numerous articles and a popular trainer and presenter. She earned her PhD in education and psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great Resource for Caring Educators and Researchers alike July 13 2013
By TPhillips - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
An excellent compilation of positive psych possibilities, including why and how to implement a wide variety of options that should make an immediate impact in student well-being. As a positive psychology fan and PhD student half a country away, I appreciate the time and effort Dr. O'Grady spent in crafting this timely guide! Now, if we can also inspire educators to overcome the parasitic drag of 'No Child Left Behind' standards/assessments to concentrate not only on true opportunities for differentiated learning, but on that which we so fundamentally care about, the well-being of our children. Dr. O'Grady, on behalf of my three children who WILL experience positive psychology in the classroom, thank you for your excellent work!
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A must have for anyone who supports elementary school learners!!! March 21 2013
By Lori Romano - Published on
Format: Paperback
After spending my entire professional career supporting classrooms in some capacity, this book skillfully outlines the major shifts that need to take place so that our elementary classrooms focus on the whole child. It clearly delineates the research literature behind the approach and provides practical examples for teachers and administrators. The content is so refreshing and right on target. Parents, teachers and administrators will greatly benefit from the concepts and ideas and when applied will create awesome learning environments for our students.
Excellent, excellent!!!
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Can't put it down! March 12 2013
By Lori - Published on
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From the opening line I was hooked ! I have over 35 years experience in the field of human services including psychology, adult education, developmental disabilities, and k-12 special education. Through insightfully crafted metaphors, Dr O 'Grady easily draws the reader in while simultaneously stirring both insights and new ideas. I wanted to post this initial review and get back to my reading ... I will continue to update my review with examples of content but, for now, you 're best advised to get your own while I thoroughly engage! Dr G
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Building a Positive Classroom Aug. 27 2013
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This book is a delightful integration of the neuroscience and psychology research with the actual practices in the classroom. The science is explained in educator's language and enhanced by the classroom examples. This book is a must read for any elementary classroom teacher interested in building a positive enriched learning environment for students. The concepts in this book, will be integrated into both my pre-service and in-service courses.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Positive Psychology in the Elementary School Classroom March 8 2013
By Dr. Mary F Bruck - Published on
Format: Paperback
Dr. O'Grady presents an atmosphere for learning that makes sense. Positive approaches to thinking and learning: hope, wisdom, creativity, future mindedness, courage, spirituality, responsibility, and perseverance are aspects of learning and the environment which make sense and can guide children on a positive life path. Well worth reading and practicing!

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