Healthy Wellbeing is feeling optimistic and hopeful about your future, because you know that you are working towards becoming your best self.
The key word in that definition is working. Doing comes before becoming. And doing create habits, which staff and students do easily and often.
The Learning Curve is essentially based on simple lessons and activities to build five Keystone Habits – these are habits which enable other desirable habits to be created; without them these habits can’t happen. These base habits are about:
- Character Strengths – collaborate with the VIA Institute www.viacharacter.org – staff and students do the lessons consciously using their strengths.
- PERMAH+ model of wellbeing – weekly lessons rotated through Positive Emotion + gratitude, Engagement + mindfulness, Relationships + empathy, Meaning + purpose, Accomplishment + optimism, Health + strengths.
- Resilient Mindsets – activities which focus on cultivating the following: self-regulation, impulse control, empathy, flexible thinking, self-belief, optimism and hope.
- Growth Mindset – develop a belief that the reality is that staff and students can grow their brain’s abilities through deliberate practice.
- Relationships – lessons and activities developed from RRRR Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne.
There is an individual Wellbeing Journal for every 13 years of education plus one for staff called Wellbeing@School.
Developing Skills and Competencies
Positive Education involves intentionally and explicitly teaching young people how to develop the skills and competencies to grow their brain’s abilities, called the cognitive domain while at the same time teaching them how to acquire the skills of social-emotional resilience, called the non-cognitive domain so that they can live a fulfilling and meaningful life.
Positive Emotion + gratitude
Being in charge of your emotions through your strengths. Developing the aspects of emotional literacy and making a positive difference using your signature character strengths.
Engagement + mindfulness
Connecting mindfully with yourself and the present moment. Developing the capacity to pay attention to what you need to pay attention to.
Relationships + empathy
Showing others matter by doing good to feel good, feeling good to do good and being respectful. Looking to the future with optimism and hope.
Meaning + purpose
Being passionate about something larger than yourself, doing the right thing and doing the thing right to make a positive difference in your world.
Accomplishment + optimism
Adopting growth mindsets to deliberately practise more difficult approaches to grow your brain’s abilities so that you can achieve what you set out to do.
Health + strengths
Having a healthy body and healthy mind by being regularly active, eating fresh whole foods and looking for what’s good in your life.
Learning Curve Wellbeing Program Implementation Process
Step 1: Reset your vision as a staff of what you want for your students.
Step 2: Use Appreciative Inquiry to hunt for good things that you are already doing to cultivate these behaviours in students and yourselves..
Step 3: Identify your champions, staff who are passionate about building student and staff wellbeing and resilience. They are your generators of positivity and optimism for others to feed off.
Step 4: Define accurate resilient wellbeing language; this develops a robust wellbeing culture.
Step 5: Assign wellbeing tasks based on the strengths of individual champions.
Step 6: Discover, share and celebrate successes, no matter how small (from little things, big things grow).
Step 7: Cross silos in the school.
Step 8: Normalise the crossings of the silo borders.
Step 9: The way we do things around here.
For a more detailed Implementation Process please click here