Sat 07-10-2017 18:56 PM

Daniel Lerner underlines importance of teaching for happiness

ABU DHABI, 7th October, 2017 (WAM) – New teaching strategies are in the hands of teachers, and it is up to them to leverage these strategies to ensure student happiness and ultimately achieve success in the classroom, said Daniel Lerner, Clinical Instructor at New York University (NYU).

Speaking at an Expert Masterclass session themed ‘Positively Successful: How (and Why) to Teach a Happy Class’ on Day 1 of the Qudwa 2017 Global Teachers' Forum in Abu Dhabi, Lerner demonstrated how teachers can use the building blocks of positive psychology to help students thrive.

The co-author of the bestselling book U Thrive: How to Succeed in College (and Life) said: "Throughout work places, from schools to businesses, the effect of higher levels of positive emotions directly impact our happiness and overall sense of purpose."

Lerner and his co-author, Dr. Alan Schlechter, outfit their bestselling book with fascinating science, real-life stories, and tips for building positive lifelong habits. U Thrive addresses the opportunities and challenges every undergrad will face - from finding a passion to dealing with nightmarish roommates and surviving finals week. The engaging and hilarious book serves as a guide for students and professionals on how to create healthy relationships with themselves and the communities that ultimately support their endeavours.

During his live session, Lerner added: "Happiness and success don’t go together as often as we would like and succeeding from a financial perspective doesn’t necessarily conclude happiness." Throughout his session, he also highlighted several methodologies on how to pursue happiness, well-being, and an environment for positive emotions to thrive.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, Qudwa 2017 runs from 7 to 8 October at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. Under the theme ‘Teaching for Tomorrow’, the forum has convened more than 900 education professionals from 80 countries to discuss the latest global trends in empowering teachers and inspiring students.


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