Course Description

Senior Instructors

Dr. Mary E. Sanders & Eric B. Hamilton

Dr. Mary E. Sanders and Eric B. Hamilton have combined their strengths to develop a unique, research-based program for schools, teachers, and students to increase wellbeing and happiness. To create our curriculum, we have curated the findings of Dr. Martin Seligman, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Dr. Angela Duckworth, Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD., among other leading positive psychology experts, into practical strategies that can be integrated into teachers’ personal lives, as well as their classrooms, enabling teachers and students to thrive.ERIC B. HAMILTONEric B. Hamilton is a veteran director for international schools around the world. Eric has spent his entire career enabling schools to be happier, more compassionate environments where both students and teachers thrive. His extensive experience in curriculum development and school leadership have enabled him and Mary to develop their courses using the most contemporary and research-based pedagogical methods.Eric has over 25 years experience in education as a teacher and leader. He attended the University of Delaware where he earned his B.S. in elementary education and middle school math. Later, he completed the master’s program at the University of Colorado in curriculum and instruction. He has been a dedicated practitioner of mindfulness, meditation, and yoga for the past 10 years.MARY E. SANDERSDr. Mary E. Sanders has been involved in the world of positive psychology, health, and wellness for more than 20 years. With certifications from the Wholebeing Institute in Positive Psychology and as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) practitioner, she is highly qualified to lead teachers towards happier, more holistic classrooms.Dr. Sanders attended Eastern Illinois University and earned her B.S. in zoology and chemistry. She then attended Logan College of Chiropractic to earn her doctorate in chiropractic. Dr. Sanders is a certified yoga Instructor and has been a mindfulness, meditation, and yoga practitioner of over 25 years.

Course curriculum

  • 2

    Week 01: Science and Benefits of Mindset

    • Introduction to Mindset

    • Neuroplasticity

    • Growth Mindset Summary: Carol Dweck

    • Discussion: Fixed Mindset

    • Quiz Week 1

  • 3

    Week 02: Personal Transformation

    • Introduction to Personal Transformation

    • Mindset Quiz

    • Article: Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff

    • Article: You Are Not Your Brain

    • Discussion: My own Mindset as a Teacher

    • Quiz Week 2

  • 4

    Week 03: Educational Trends on Mindset

    • Educational Organizations and Resources on Mindset

    • Introduction to Mindset Works

    • OPTIONAL Assignment: Mindset Works

    • Introduction to PERTS & Mindset Kit

    • Mindset Kit Assignment

    • Youcubed

    • Article: Carol Dweck Revisits Growth Mindset

    • Discussion: Carol Dweck Revisits Growth Mindset

    • Quiz Week 3

  • 5

    Submit your Final Project - Lesson Plan & Evidences (due Week 4)

    • Aviva Lesson Plan Description

    • ​EXAMPLES of Classroom Projects in the Aviva Lesson Plans Templates

    • Aviva Lesson Plan Blank Template

    • Upload your files here!

  • 6

    Week 04: Introducing a growth mindset in the classroom

    • Introduction to Strategies and Resources on Growth Mindset

    • Carol Dweck: Strategies to Cultivate a Growth Midnset

    • OPTIONAL (Complete Video) Carol Dweck: The Power of Believing you can Improve

    • Discussion: The Power of Yet

    • Mindset Strategies: Strategy 1 Teaching Neuroplasticity

    • Discussion: Teaching Neuroplasticity

    • Mindset Strategies: Strategy 2 Effective Praise

    • Dweck: A study on praising effort not intelligence

    • Discussion: Effective Effort Rubrics and Growth Mindset Framing Tool

    • Classroom Examples

    • Dunraven Elementary

    • Austin Public Schools

    • Math Game: Refraction

    • Summary

    • Quiz: Week 4

  • 7

    Rate and Review this Course

    • Rate and Review M04

  • 8

    References and Research Articles

    • References and Research Articles used in Module 4