At MJDS we pride ourselves in the joy our children feel every day. This can be confusing to those that believe that children should not be happy at school. Once again studies confirm that “Happy kids learn faster and think more creatively. Happy kids tend to be more resilient in the face of failures. Happy kids have stronger relationships and make new friends more easily.
Unfortunately, we put our children’s happiness at risk when we model “myths of success”: the belief that success is inextricably tied to stress and anxiety, perseverance at all costs, avoidance of personal weakness, and a myopic focus on cultivating expertise in a specialized niche…

http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/well/2016/03/09/happiness-in-the-classroom/?referer=http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/author/jessica-lahey/

Happy children in the moment

Happy children in the moment

 

How does a child know he is dong well? How does a parent know the child is doing well? Hear what author, clinical psychologist and school consultant Michael Thomson sees as essential aspects to know if children are doing well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiHxAzNt9

 

A sense of mastery

A sense of mastery

Connection

Connection

Recognition

Recognition