12/20/14 – Flu, Aquariums, and Friends

Positive 1 I may be wrong but hearing my mom has the flu too gave me hope like it is … More 12/20/14 – Flu, Aquariums, and Friends

Positive #2: Learned to play You Really Got Me (Van Halen style).

Wow! I am discovering some of the amazingly cool stuff you can pull off when you have an electric guitar. … More Positive #2: Learned to play You Really Got Me (Van Halen style).

Positive #2: www.Ultimate-Guitar.com

I played guitar all through high school but my guitar collected dust into last year when a friend got me … More Positive #2: www.Ultimate-Guitar.com

Positive #1: My wife, Debbi.

“29” years ago today, the most important person in my life was born. She is amazing! She can be child-like … More Positive #1: My wife, Debbi.

Report from IPPA Conference, Day 2

Day two of the 2nd Congress of the International Positive Psychology Association was simply amazing.  I learned SO much!  At one point I laughed to my friend “Teacher!  My brain is full!”  Here’s a report of the day’s events:

It began with Ed Deci speaking about self-determination and its relationship to positive psychology – in other words: the self-fulfilling prophecy.  He showed scientific proof that believing that you are doomed and things will never get better can actually bring that about.  Using a simple analogy (of my own), if one is drowning and they really don’t think anyone will come to rescue them, they can behave based on this belief by not paddling and dying before help could arrive.  But Deci really wowed the crowd when he reported that studies repeatedly proved that external rewards kill off intrinsic motivation.  For instance, when we try to control our children either by giving them a reward for doing well (the carrot) or punishing them when they do not do well (the stick), we inadvertently are hindering our child’s innate love of learning!  You can bet I will be blogging more about this. Continue reading Report from IPPA Conference, Day 2

Positive #1: Ready to Teach

Tonight I went to my new teacher orientation at the University of Utah’s Lifelong Learning program. I am VERY excited. … More Positive #1: Ready to Teach