The science of happiness is a growing field showing us that happiness can be created within ourselves when we have the right tools. After twenty years in the field of education, I scoured over the literature from the field of positive psychology to determine seven pillars that teachers (and families) can use to design for happiness as a part of learning. What I have found is there is no more important time of the school day than the literacy block to make these pillars our greatest instructional priority if our students’ happiness is to be as important as academic achievement. In fact, when happiness flourishes, children’s achievement soars.
In Start with Joy: Designing Literacy Learning for Student Happiness, I explore these seven pillars of happiness that apply to classrooms, schools, and families:
© 2019 Katie Egan Cunningham