COURSE TITLE:

BEING HAPPY: Teaching Happiness

NO. OF CREDITS:

6 QUARTER CREDITS
[semester equivalent = 4.00 credits]

WA CLOCK HRS:  
OREGON PDUs:
60
60

INSTRUCTOR:

Charity Staudenraus
charity.heritage@gmail.com

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

All the learning in the world isn’t worth much if we’re not happy. If we want the youth in our care to be happy and to be successful and motivated we as teachers and parents need to ensure they have the skills and knowledge necessary to create happy lives for themselves. In this course for educators K-12 we will learn from brain research how to positively and authentically effect our state of mind. Happiness skills can be taught, such as how to shift perspective about difficult situations, through selected reading and class discussions. Through a conscious choice of attitudes, beliefs, intentions, personal philosophy, precepts and daily practices you will discover happiness is under your control and how to model that for students. Our highly recommended text, Modeling Happiness: A Guide for Teachers and Parents, is about $15 used on Amazon or free on Kindle.

This course is designed to be completed individually or as a group collaboration project.

This course is applicable for any K-12 teacher, administrator, or anyone looking to better their ability to embody happiness.

 

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:

Upon completion of this course, participants will have:

  • A concrete understanding regarding how the brain contributes to ones perceived happiness.
  • A clear picture as to how happiness impacts health and social wellbeing.
  • An understanding as to how happiness impacts those around us and can change one's environment.
  • Precepts or action steps needed for happiness.
  • An action plan to integrate happiness goals within instruction, and to apply knowledge acquired in the course.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit.


HOURS EARNED:
Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.




 

UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT INFORMATION

REQUIREMENTS FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.

  1. Completion of Information Acquisition assignments 30%
  2. Completion of Learning Application assignments 40%
  3. Completion of Integration Paper assignment 30%



 

CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.

AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.

ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION

REQUIRED TEXT

  • Modelling Happiness by Reen Rose is approximately $15 for the paperback version on Amazon or free on a Kindle.
  • Alternately, you can use online resources and your own research in lieu of Modelling Happiness to complete this course.

None. All reading is online.

MATERIALS FEE

The text is approximately $15 from Amazon.com and student-identified online resources and research are generally free.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR TEACHING THIS COURSE:

CHARITY STAUDENRAUS, M.A.T, received her BA from Willamette University, her MAT from Willamette University. Charity has experience teaching math, science, social studies, business, and language courses at the middle and high school level.  She is currently serving on the 2014-2017 Oregon Science Content and Assessment Panel as well as the Oregon Instructional Materials Criteria Development Committee.  In addition Charity is consulting on a Rutgers University and WPI project funded through multiple Department of Education and National Science Foundation Grants.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

BEING HAPPY: Teaching Happiness

Books-

  • Rose, ReenModelling Happiness: A Guide for Teachers and Parents. Reen Rose, 2017.This book takes the reader from the research on happiness to creating an action plan. It is a quick read written by a teacher who understands the joys and challenges of those in education.
  • Warr, Peter Bryan., and Guy Clapperton. The Joy of Work?: Jobs, Happiness, and You. Routledge, 2010. A dense book with a few solid nuggets regarding work and happiness.
  • Dweck, Carol S. Mindset. Robinson, an Imprint of Constable & Robinson Ltd, 2017. The book you need to read in order to help students embrace a growth mindset.

Articles available online-

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