Teaching Character and Creating Positive Classrooms

开始时间: 12/11/2014 持续时间: 5 weeks

所在平台: Coursera

课程类别: 教育

大学或机构: Relay Graduate School of Education

授课老师: Dave Levin


课程主页: https://www.coursera.org/course/teachingcharacter

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Psychology, sociology, and neuroscience point to the existence of a set of developable character strengths that serve as building blocks for positive life outcomes. That’s why, in our view, character development and content mastery act as the two complementary halves of remarkable teaching. But they’re often perceived to be in competition. When you ask parents about their goals for their children, they almost always respond with terms like, “successful,” “happy,” “curious,” and “being kind to others.” But when you ask schools about their goals, they often reply in terms of academic content, like “algebra,” “subject-verb agreement,” and “the periodic table.”

Great teachers have always united those two visions.

This course explores the interconnection between character research, education, and academic rigor. During our sessions, we’ll cover the field of positive psychology as it relates to character strengths, as well as the concepts of Growth Mindset, Constructive Responding, and Character Behavior Language. We will engage with the existing research, hear from eminent scholars in the field and top K-12 educators, and view footage of classroom teachers integrating these ideas into their classroom instruction.

The course will explore questions like:

  1. How can positive psychology help us maximize student engagement and accomplishment?
  2. What does it look like to implement a growth mindset in your classroom?
  3. Can you teach grit in the classroom? If so, how?
  4. Should an educator measure character? If so, how?



Positive psychology meets K-12 pedagogy. This course explores key ideas of positive psychology and shows how great teachers apply those lessons to maximize student engagement and accomplishment. Through lectures, discussions, interviews and footage of great educators in action, you’ll learn how to integrate character-based objectives into your own teaching.


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