Our program evaluation survey collects optional comments from training program participants. Below are responses from teachers who have participated in our training program:
"The meetings taught me how to help any child in class find his inner strengths, and how to expand the use of these powers. This work fills the children and me with optimism and hope."
"A major part of my decision to participate in this program was my need, on a personal level, to make a change. This program taught me to look at my life in a more positive way. For example, I was able to make my 15-year-old daughter believe in her strengths, fulfill them and understand that bad feelings are also permitted, as they’re part of being human."
"The program's lessons have created an unusual closeness in the class. The class atmosphere has become more positive and the children really look forward to these meetings. Thank you!"
"One of the most important things I have learned from this program is that change will not come at once, but with little steps. Now it is easier for me to give and accept support from my staff, to look at what happens in my work place with a more emotional connection, to analyze the situation and manage a response".
"For years I have had trouble changing the way I think, which tends to be very pessimistic. I was very self-critical. After the lesson in which we talked about the importance of practice and exercise to change our thinking patterns, I now understand why I haven’t been able to make a change. I was always too quick to give up and not wait for the change to sink in. The lesson taught me that the brain is like a muscle. Now I understand the importance and meaning of creating habits that eventually lead to a change of thinking".
"Today I had a most challenging meeting with one of my students. Later today, during the program, I found myself realizing that I really made the student think I was angry with her. I expressed such highly negative expectations; I resolved to talk to her differently".
"I am a person who tends to get insulted be angry very fast. The program has taught me to count to 10 before I get upset. I understand now that it is my choice to get insulted or hurt. I try to choose not to be upset, and to just let my bad feelings flow out gently".
"In the program we felt like a family. There was a listening ear, sharing, friendship and honesty. I enjoyed myself. It paved a way for me to talk about things that were never spoken about before, because I did not feel comfortable discussing them. The program has helped to ease pressure, encourage thoughtfulness, and open hearts".
"A repeating sentence: children are really looking forward to the lesson on Positive Psychology".
"Positive Psychology lessons are changing the atmosphere in the class: the children are more open and more attentive and caring for each other".
"One of the teacher shared that there's a very shy student in her class whom she never heard speaking. In the meeting on "The Permission to Be Human" he rose up and told the class his story, which was never known to the students and the teacher. He has hearing problems, but he didn't feel good with his hearing device, so he decided to manage without it. Sometimes he can't hear what others are saying when they talk to him, so that's why he doesn't respond, which makes them think he is weird or snob, when actually he really wants to speak to them. All the class spontaneously rose up and clapped hands for him. The teacher said that after this story all the atmosphere in the class changed and this student became more involve. The nice part of this story was that to the next class this student brought speakers – which is concretive (to hear better the songs and clips from the power point presentation) and symbolic (to be more connected to the class, to hear and to be heard)".
"I practice one of the activities in the booklet and the students had so much fun they could not be stopped. It was great!".
"Educational Consoler: "Students come to me for personal talks and they quote from the lessons! Describe from the presentations! They say: "you know form the slide…".
"The booklet's lessons include such varied and rich content. I enjoyed sharing them with the class and am constantly surprised by the many possibilities that they offer".
"I am a second grade teacher. There was a special activity day at school and the students were asked not to bring their school bags. The activity finished 40 minutes earlier and I did not have any idea what to do, since they did not have any school materials with them. I asked them what they wanted to do, and they replied: positive thinking."
"Following the instructors lesson on feelings and my awareness to the topic, I encourage the class to talk. An interested and touching conversation began on why the students so afraid to look like nerds; why is there such a fear to be weak and is expressing feeling means weakness? The conversation rolled to very emotional places and for the first time I saw and felt the students open to each other".