How to Be Happy at School

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How to be Happy at School:

How to be Happy at School

What makes us happy? :

What makes us happy?

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Pleasure– Need-filling activities that are fun while we are doing them, but the fun ends when the activity ends. Enjoyment– Challenging activities which are not always fun while we are doing them, but give us a long-lasting feeling of ability, accomplishment and confidence.

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In your journal record one activity you do that you would consider a pleasurable activity and one thing you would consider an enjoyable activity.

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The prefrontal cortex is for rational thinking and requires a lot of mental energy and effort to use. Enjoyable activities are sometimes not ver y pleasurable when we are engaged in them. Why?

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1 + 1 = ? X

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10 + 10 = ? X

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57 + 236 = ? Do I have to?

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amsqeYOk--w If our brain does not like to use energy, how can we convince our brains to work for us in the classroom?

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We have to convince ourselves to wait for the second marshmallow. We have to realize that valuable learning only occurs with a proper level of challenge, which is not always fun or even enjoyable at the time, but which pays off later in enjoyable feelings of ability, confidence, and accomplishment.

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How can we make learning activities both more pleasurable and enjoyable?

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Which of the following pairs do you think is more true? 1. Intelligence is something that you A. Are born with B. Develop over time 2. If someone has to work hard at something A. They must not be good at it B. They will probably get better at doing i t 3. The best predictor of success in school is An IQ or other intelligence test Organization an study skills 4. The most helpf ul thing for solving a problem is A. To be very smart B. To have a good strategy 5. Challenging situations A. Should be avoided since there is a higher chance of failure B. Should be embraced because there is a greater chance of gain 6. The most successful students work hard because A. They want a higher grade B. They want to learn new things

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Display-Oriented Goals : Interest in demonstrating our own ability or in gaining social approval, proving to others that we know something or can do something. People who are motivated by display-oriented goals tend to believe: Intelligence is something you are born with An IQ or other intelligence test is the best predictor of success in school If someone has to work hard on something, they must not be very good at doing it The most helpful thing for solving a problem is to be very smart Challenging situations should be avoided since there is a higher chance of failure The most successful students work hard because they want a high grade Display-Oriented Goal Setting

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Learning-Oriented Goals : Interest in learning as an end in itself and in seeking to understand a task, understanding a concept well or knowing how to perform a skill well. People who are motivated by learning-oriented goals tend to believe: Intelligence is something you develop bit by bit over time If someone has to work hard on something, they will probably get better at doing it Good study skills and habits are the best predictor of success in school The most helpful thing for solving a problem is to have a good strategy Challenging situations should be embraced since there is a greater chance of gain The most successful students work hard because they want to learn new things Learning-Oriented Goal Setting

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Display-Oriented Goals : Interest in demonstrating our own ability or in gaining social approval, proving to others that we know something or can do something Learning-Oriented Goals : Interest in learning as an end in itself and in seeking to understand a task, understanding a concept well or knowing how to perform a skill well Goal Setting & Learning Which kind of goals do you think may work best, display-oriented or learning-oriented?

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Answer: Research shows that students with learning-oriented goals are more successful. If you see learning as a workout which allows to become a stronger person, instead of a trophy you are trying to earn to prove something to someone else, you will do better in school. Be in it for the knowledge, not the grade. If you really know your stuff, the grades will take care of themselves.

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Summary: Lasting happiness comes from activities which challenge us and grow us into more complex people. We resist the learning of new things because of the effort involved. Only if we can find ways to value what we are learning will we be willing to expend this effort. To be successful we have to train ourselves to do what is not fun at the time to get the benefit and enjoyment later. Students who set learning-oriented goals are more successful School will be more enjoyable if teachers and students work together to keep the level of challenge balanced with the level of skill and keep the flow going. Reflection: What idea from this presentation do you think was most helpful for you personally? How would you change your behavior or outlook based on this idea?

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