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BY LISA BAYLIS

What is Positive Education and how do
we bring happiness and well-being to the
forefront of education?
I had the privilege of presenting at the
2016 BC School Counsellor's Association
conference this past October. Our focus
was on mindfulness, well-being and wellness for a whole school while learning
ways our staff and students can flourish
on a daily basis. Positive education, in its
essence, is about learning how to flourish while you go to school. It allows us to
discover the strengths of every individual
and their own purpose of life.
I like to tout myself as a 'positive educator.' But what does that really mean? Aren't
all educators positive and supportive?
Shouldn't all educators encourage their
students to learn in a positive and creative
way? Positive Education is the intersection
of traditional education with the building
of well-being. It is a new and growing
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wheelhouse that is based on the growing positive psychology movement. It has
made a profound difference in my practice
both in counselling and teaching.
Last summer, I had the opportunity to
travel to Dallas, Texas, to meet with 800
other educators from around the world
at the first ever International Positive
Education Conference. We spent three days
defining, researching and sharing ideas
and tools on how to enhance the wellbeing of staff and students and how to create a positive culture within schools. The
summit of educators was summarized
by James  O'Shaughnessy, Chair of IPEN
(International Positive Education Network),
when he said, "Positive Education represents a paradigm shift: away from viewing
education merely as a route to academic
attainment, towards viewing it as a place
where students can cultivate their intellectual minds while developing a broad set

of character strengths and virtues and wellbeing. This in a nutshell is the 'character +
academics' approach to education."
Positive Education provides us with the
practices and principles to train our brain
for greater levels of positivity and optimism,
and strategies for bringing positive education into the school culture. Through mindset skills and well-being habits, it provides
the tools to be the game changer that can
have a major impact on our society. Positive
Education draws on an emphasis of individual strengths and personal motivation to
promote learning. Unlike traditional school
approaches in which teachers attempt to
tailor their material to a mythical 'average'
student, and move the class all together
using the material through one teaching
and testing style, positive schooling teachers use techniques that focus on the wellbeing of individual students. Teachers use
methods such as developing tailored goals

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BC Counsellor - Spring/Summer 2017

President’s Perspective
The Fine Print
The Advantage of Happiness in Schools
Book Review
Early Intervention in Psychosis
Reflections on Mental Health
Through a Student’s Eye: The Potential for Harmful Effects of the Physical & Health Education School Curriculum
Counsellor’s Corner
Index to Advertisers
BC Counsellor - Spring/Summer 2017 - intro
BC Counsellor - Spring/Summer 2017 - cover1
BC Counsellor - Spring/Summer 2017 - cover2
BC Counsellor - Spring/Summer 2017 - 3
BC Counsellor - Spring/Summer 2017 - President’s Perspective
BC Counsellor - Spring/Summer 2017 - The Fine Print
BC Counsellor - Spring/Summer 2017 - The Advantage of Happiness in Schools
BC Counsellor - Spring/Summer 2017 - 7
BC Counsellor - Spring/Summer 2017 - 8
BC Counsellor - Spring/Summer 2017 - Book Review
BC Counsellor - Spring/Summer 2017 - Early Intervention in Psychosis
BC Counsellor - Spring/Summer 2017 - 11
BC Counsellor - Spring/Summer 2017 - 12
BC Counsellor - Spring/Summer 2017 - Reflections on Mental Health
BC Counsellor - Spring/Summer 2017 - Through a Student’s Eye: The Potential for Harmful Effects of the Physical & Health Education School Curriculum
BC Counsellor - Spring/Summer 2017 - 15
BC Counsellor - Spring/Summer 2017 - 16
BC Counsellor - Spring/Summer 2017 - Counsellor’s Corner
BC Counsellor - Spring/Summer 2017 - Index to Advertisers
BC Counsellor - Spring/Summer 2017 - cover3
BC Counsellor - Spring/Summer 2017 - cover4
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