The materials in this course are presented in a sequential manner. A variety of media has been used in the course design and time has been allowed as part of the course to explore all of these including links to external websites This online course ‘Weaving Well-Being – Positive Psychology, Relationships and Resilience’ is brought to you by Outside the Box Learning Resources. It is co-written by Mick Rock and Fiona Forman. It is important for us that you find the course interesting, interactive and highly practical and our course has been designed with this in mind. The course will include presentations from both of the co-authors of Weaving Well-Being. However built into these presentations will be time for reflections as part of your module assignments using our group forums.  You will get to watch many interesting videos that provide important information on each topic and explore the use of our tools and strategies in an Irish classroom setting.

We will also share our personal experiences of the topics and strategies from time to time.There will also be opportunities for you personally to implement a number of the strategies in your own life and to complete some psychological measurement tools that you be will using in the classroom in the future. But most importantly, this programme includes a wide range of suggestions on how to implement our tools and strategies in your classroom which will include some printable resources. Click HERE to view Weaving Well-Being Course Introduction.

The course is divided into 5 course modules:

Module 1: What is Weaving Well-Being?

  • To provide an understanding of the components of well-being.
  • To provide an understanding of Positive Psychology and to examine the evidence to support the use of strategies.
  • To explore the benefits of enhancing well-being for both pupils and teachers and, in particular, the link between well-being, learning and successful school outcomes.
  • To understand how interventions on this programme link to the SPHE curriculum and can be supported by the SSE process, with particular reference to Well-Being in Primary Schools (DES, 2015).
  • To provide an overview of the Weaving Well-Being Programme.
  • And to provide evidence–based strategies to enhance well-being and learning within the classroom.

Module 2: Positive Emotions, Character Strength & Flow

  • To explore and reflect on research showing the importance of Positive Emotions, Flow and Character Strengths to well-being
  • To examine how Character Strengths, Positive Emotion and Flow can be linked to the SPHE curriculum
  • To explore and reflect on how Character Strengths, Positive Emotion and Flow can be integrated across the curriculum, and finally
  • To explore and reflect on the application of Character Strengths, Positive Emotions and Flow to enhance personal well-being
  • To explore how Character Strengths, Positive Emotions and Flow are introduced and developed in the Weaving Well-Being programme

Module 3: Resilience and Mindfulness

  •  To explore and reflect on practical strategies for teaching resilience skills in the classroom
  • To explore and reflect on research showing how mindfulness is linked to resilience and well-being
  • To explore and reflect on practical strategies for teaching mindfulness in the classroom
  • To examine how resilience is linked to the SPHE curriculum
  • To explore and reflect on the application of resilience and mindfulness to enhance personal well-being
  • To explore how mindfulness and resilience are introduced and developed in the Weaving Well-Being Programme

Module 4: Positive Relationships & Self Efficacy

  • Explore and reflect on research showing importance of Self-Efficacy beliefs to well-being and practical strategies for developing Self-Efficacy beliefs in the classroom
  • Examine how Positive Relationships and Self-Efficacy can be linked to the SPHE curriculum
  • Explore and reflect on how Positive Relationships and Self-Efficacy can be integrated across the curriculum
  • Explore and reflect on application of Positive Relationships and Self-Efficacy to enhance personal well-being
  • Explore practical strategies for enhancing Positive Relationships in the classroom and resolving conflicts quickly
  • Explore the difference between fixed and growth mindsets and how growth mindsets can be cultivated in the classroom
  • Explore the role of self esteem on well-being and how to appropriately enhance self esteem.
  • Explore how positive relationships and self-efficacy are introduced and developed in the Weaving Well-Being Programme.

Module 5: Whole School Approach, SSE and Teacher Well-Being

  • Explore and reflect on practical strategies to implement at whole school level
  • Review the role of parents in a successful well-being programme and the different options available to enhance their level of involvement
  • Explore SSE guidelines
  • Explore the Guidelines on Mental Health Promotion: Well-Being in Primary Schools as a tool-guide to SSE
  • Explore common teacher stressors
  • Explore research-based strategies that can enhance teacher well-being
  • Explore and reflect on contributing factors to a successful whole school approach