“The one book every teacher must read” (Shahar)

Marva Collins' Way: Updated

Just finished Lecture 2 by Tal Ben Shahar. He’s good – no doubt about it!

Marva Collins is one of his role models. She sounds good as well.

Here are the notes I took:

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Research into negatives …………………………………..Research into positive

Anger 5,584 ……………………………………………………. Joy 415

Anxiety 41,416 ……………………………………………….. Happiness 1,710

Depression 54,040 ………………………………………….. Life satisfaction 2,582

21:1 ratio of negative studies maybe reflects reality as evidenced at Harvard:

  • 80% of Harvard students were depressed to the point of not being able to do anything in 2004.
  • Depression 10 times higher than 1960
  • Mean age for depression is 14.5 compared to 19.5 in 1960.
  • 45% of college students nationwide depressed, 94% overwhelmed (Kadison, 2005)

3 reasons for more “Positive” Research

  1. Psychology as active not only reactive
  2. Happiness is not the negation of unhappiness
  3. Prevention through cultivating positives

Disease model – to get rid of disease Health model – to get people to flourish

Focus on weaknesses Focus on strengths

Overcoming deficiencies Building competencies

Avoiding pain Seeking pleasure

Running from unhappiness Pursuing happiness

Neutral state (0) as ceiling No ceiling

 

Illness as the absence of health (vs. health as the absence of illness)

Neurosis is the failure of personal growth (Maslow)

 

The disease model has not helped to correct problems

Positive psychology strengthens our immune system

2 kinds of people who don’t experience depression, anxiety, etc:

  1. Psychopaths
  2. Dead people

What factors allowed “at risk” kids to overcome difficulties? Resilience was one of the keys and it was built up through:

  1. Social support
  2. Cultivating optimism and self-esteem
  3. Faith and a sense of meaning
  4. pro-social behavior
  5. Focusing on strengths
  6. They set goals
  7. They had a role model

Marva Collins Case Study – She is one of his role models.

She began her class saying,

 

“We are going to do a lot of believing in ourselves. It’s up to you to succeed”

Tal says if you’re a teacher and you buy one book, it should be this one:

Marva Collins’ Way

NOT SURE WHAT THE POINT WAS (possibly ways to react to difficult life events) WAS BUSY ON AMAZON.COM

Passive Victim Vs. Active Agent

Self pity vs. Confidence

Blame vs. Responsibility

Frustration vs. Hope and Optimism

Anger vs. Forgive/forget

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