Teaching Realistic Optimism: How to Approach Teaching and Learning with Hope is about inspiring hope and optimism in a service-oriented life. When an individual is expected to give so much life can be exhausting, and consequently it becomes even more difficult to find inspiration to focus on positive events. Although written specifically for educators, this book shares strategies and ways of thinking that are applicable for everyone. Do you tend to ruminate? Do you have a propensity to catastrophize? Do you find yourself possessing a worldview that is contextualized in shame and guilt? This book is designed for individuals hoping to reclaim joy from a realistically optimistic mindset.
Ginna Guiang Myers has been a science educator for almost two decades at opposite ends of the planet. She has been a teacher, mentor, site administrator, district office administrator, and adjunct professor.
Chapter 1. Defining Optimism and the Optimism Continuum: Why is it More than Just Positive Thinking?
Chapter 2. The Negativity Bias: Classroom Manifestations and Ways of Addressing
Chapter 3. Realistic Optimism and Explanatory Styles
Chapter 4. Cycle of Fear and Learned Helplessness
Chapter 5. Realistic Optimism, Hope, Decompression, and Emotional Detachment
Chapter 6. Humor as a Pathway to Hope
Chapter 7. Check your Attitude to Boost Job Satisfaction