A Positive Vibe Can Make The Learning Process Feel Happy
By : I Putu Robi Somiantara
In this article, the author describes a new theoretical perspective on positive emotions and situates this new perspective within the emerging field of positive psychology. The broaden-and-build theory posits that experiences of positive emotions broaden people's momentary thought-action repertoires, which in turn serves to build their enduring personal resources, ranging from physical and intellectual resources to social and psychological resources. The theory and findings suggest that the capacity to experience positive emotions may be a fundamental human strength central to the study of human flourishing. What role do positive emotions play in this mission? On first consideration, the answer seems simple: Positive emotions serve as markers of flourishing, or optimal well-being. Certainly moments in people's lives characterized by experiences of positive emotions—such as joy, interest, contentment, love, and the like—are moments in which they are not plagued by negative emotions—such as anxiety, sadness, anger, and despair. Consistent with this intuition, the overall balance of people's positive and negative emotions has been shown to predict their judgments of subjective well-being (Diener, Sandvik, & Pavot, 1991).
Basically by having positive emotions; students can develop their social relationships. Improving the students' relationships with teachers has important, positive and long-lasting implications for both students' academic and social development. Solely improving students' relationships with their teachers will not produce gains in achievement. However, those students who have close, positive and supportive relationships with their teachers will attain higher levels of achievement than those students with more conflict in their relationships. Picture a student who feels a strong personal connection to his or her teacher, a student that talks with their teacher frequently, will receive more constructive guidance and praise rather than just criticism. The student is likely to trust the teacher more, show more engagement in learning, behave better in class and achieve at higher levels academically. Positive teacher-student relationships draw students into the process of learning and promote their desire to learn (assuming that the content material of the class is engaging, age-appropriate and well matched to the student's skills).
3 Simple Ways To Create a More Positive Classroom Atmosphere,
1. Always greet students at the door.
2. Get your students up and moving at least once per class.
3. Have all students do a positive reflection at the end of the class.