Education, Curiosity, and Happiness
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Education, Curiosity, and Happiness
What roles can curiosity and happiness play in learning?
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Rescooped by Ivon Prefontaine, PhD from Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century!

Staying Present in the Classroom: Practicing Mindful Teaching

Staying Present in the Classroom: Practicing Mindful Teaching | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness |
How am I going to transition to the next lesson? What's that smell? What am I going to have the kids who finish early do until the bell rings? Do you think any of them actually like this book? I hope our staff meeting doesn't go long; I've got to get home to my puppy…

Via Marisol Araya Fonseca
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
As teachers gain experience, hopefully they become increasingly mindful and present in pedagogic situations. I am not sure all teachers can or even reach high levels.
Marisol Araya Fonseca's curator insight, April 16, 2016 3:15 PM
Emotions are very important when we are teachers.
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Mindfulness Does Not Equal Happiness

This is a big question, and one I was asked this week by a friend, and I thought I’d share my answer with you. Firstly let’s explore happiness and what most people think happiness is and how they feel happiness. In the modern day happiness is perceived as excitement, jumping up and down shouting “wooohoo” perhaps, or being out at a bar or club drinking and dancing and laughing with friends. When a person becomes excited a friend will often say, “why are you so happy”. And, if you aren’t smiling, a friend will often say, “why are you so miserable”. If you aren’t excited or displaying physicals signs of enjoyment it may be perceived that you aren’t happy. Happiness is therefore misperceived as a heightened state of mind, one where the mind is overly stimulated, adrenaline is rushing; a natural buzz if you like. If a person is happy in this state, does that mean they aren’t happy when not in this state? And what of introvert personalities, those who naturally don’t overtly display emotion, are they to be classified as not happy? Of course not, because this definition of happiness is wrong.

Via Susan Taylor, Bobby Dillard
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

No, it is not, but it might help us understand how to get through the ups and downs of life.

Susan Taylor's curator insight, November 8, 2013 7:16 AM

Happiness is often confused with a hightened state of mind -- a "natural buzz", if you will.  So it makes sense that people could confuse mindfulness with happiness.


Those who practice mindfulness, however, understand happiness in a different way: a natural state of contentment and balance which comes from emotional stability.


Temporary ecstasy or a constant feeling of appreciating life -- which do you prefer?