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#1 INTRODUCTION TO Positive Education #1

Learning Objective

To explore the avenues of Positive Education

SuCcess Criteria

SC# 1

I have explored 2-3 of my preferred types of Positive Education Methods

SC #2

I have documented up to two methods in my workbook/Positive Education Journal

SC #3

 I have organised an experiment to apply one Positive Education method in a real-world scenario.


Career exploration can be described as a dynamic and multifaceted process through which individuals seek to understand and evaluate potential career paths that align with their interests, skills, values, and life goals. It involves a combination of self-assessment, research, and experiential learning, enabling individuals to make informed decisions about their professional future. Here are key components of career exploration:

### 1. **Self-Assessment:**
   - **Interest Identification:** Discovering personal passions and preferences through tools like the Holland Code or the Strong Interest Inventory.
   - **Skill Evaluation:** Assessing both hard and soft skills, often using tools like the Skills Profiler or competency frameworks.
   - **Values Clarification:** Understanding what one values in a job, such as work-life balance, job security, or the opportunity for advancement.

### 2. **Research:**
   - **Career Information Gathering:** Investigating different careers through resources like the Occupational Outlook Handbook, industry publications, and company websites.
   - **Educational and Training Requirements:** Identifying the necessary education, certifications, or training programs required for specific careers.
   - **Labor Market Trends:** Understanding the demand for certain professions, potential salary ranges, and job growth projections.

### 3. **Networking:**
   - **Professional Connections:** Building relationships with professionals in fields of interest through networking events, LinkedIn, or professional organizations.
   - **Informational Interviews:** Conducting interviews with professionals to gain insider knowledge about various careers.
   - **Mentorship:** Seeking mentors who can provide guidance, advice, and support throughout the career exploration process.

### 4. **Experiential Learning:**
   - **Internships and Co-ops:** Gaining practical experience and insights into a particular field through internships or cooperative education programs.
   - **Job Shadowing:** Observing professionals on the job to get a firsthand look at what different careers entail.
   - **Volunteer Work:** Participating in volunteer activities that offer exposure to different industries and roles.

### 5. **Decision Making:**
   - **SWOT Analysis:** Evaluating potential careers by analyzing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.
   - **Pros and Cons Lists:** Weighing the advantages and disadvantages of different career options.
   - **Goal Setting:** Establishing short-term and long-term career goals and creating an action plan to achieve them.

### 6. **Continuous Learning and Adaptation:**
   - **Ongoing Education:** Continuously seeking new learning opportunities, whether through formal education, online courses, or professional development workshops.
   - **Flexibility and Adaptability:** Remaining open to new opportunities and willing to pivot or adapt as interests and industry trends evolve.

Career exploration is an iterative process, often revisited throughout one's professional life as interests, goals, and circumstances change. It's a proactive approach to career planning, aiming to find fulfilling and sustainable career paths.


1. Collect 5 different coloured post-it notes

2. Write down the 5 strengths your teacher gave you(one per post-it note), making sure it's large and clear

3. Wait for your teacher to confirm the starting time

4. Move around to your classmates and trade post-it notes by explaining how you have used or could use that strength

5. Once you have all 5 of your preferred strengths sit down and wait for your next instructions

Reflection: Once students have completed the activity, the students can volunteer to share how they got their strengths, or they can write in their journal discussing each strength they've ended up with and why they chose those strengths.


Exploring Positive Education Methods

Why do I care about Positive Education? Positive Education is important because it helps you manage stress and improve mental health, leading to better academic performance. It enhances relationships with peers and teachers, increases motivation and engagement in learning, and teaches valuable life skills like emotional regulation and problem-solving. By focusing on your strengths, it boosts self-confidence and prepares you for future challenges. Therefore, Practicing Positive Education creates a supportive school environment, making school a more enjoyable place to learn and grow. Ultimately, it helps you thrive both in school and in life.

Activity: Below are 9 squares that each reveal a Positive Education methods used to enhance learning. Your task is to select three or more listed below and research how they are used in the classroom and why.

Example: Using a search engine to find the answer to 'how is 'insert Positieve Education method' used in a classroom and why?


Document Positive Education Methods

Watch this!

Check out this video and see how the effects of Positive Methods can enhance someones capabilities. After you've watched this video, discuss with your peers when you have seen something similar to this occur to enable someones achievements? 


How could you use this method in one of your academic classes?

VIDEO HERE OF The Positive Mentor
Explaining task

Activity: From the Positive Education Methods you have researched, now you are encouraged to write down two of your preferred methods, and discuss how might they be used in a classroom to enhance learning in one of your current subjects.

Example: Providing opportunities for students to develop resilience by facing challenges, learning from failures, and developing coping strategies to bounce back from setbacks.



Experimenting with Positive Education

Experiments in the Positive Mentor program are optional. However, you get to create experiments to test a theory that aligns with the work you've researched. The task is to think of how you can use the experiment that excites you and relates to your interests. Watch the video to the right to see this weeks Experiment, or read the guidelines below.


Document your results with a short paragraph summarising your experiment and findings for discussion later this week with your class.

Experiment: Now that you've researched up to 3 methods, and documented 2, you're experiment this week is to see how you can apply one of these methods in a real-life situation throughout your week. 

Chosen Method: 'Optimism and growth mindset'.

Thinking about the power of optimism and a growth mindset, you focus on your ability to learn and improve through effort and perseverance. You then decide for your experiment you're going to apply this to your little athletics training by persevering in your long jump practice. You continue training and conducting trials to improve your results through consistent effort.

Ticket to leave

SC# 1?

I have explored 2-3 of my preferred types of Positive Education Methods

SC #2 ?

I have documented up to two methods in my workbook/Positive Education Journal

SC #3 ?

 I have organised an experiment to apply one Positive Education method in a real-world scenario.

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