Highlights from our recent study, including lots of pictures and graphs. The purpose of this research is to evaluate student and teacher perspectives on the effectiveness of the “Dream It! Playbook” to improve social-emotional learning skills of self-awareness (including optimistic thinking, growth mindset, mindfulness, hope and grit) among elementary school students.
Here is an award-winning story by our co-author, Sara, that she wrote when she was in the 4th grade. As you can see, Sara always had the dream to be a children’s author. Even as a child, she had impressive talent and took the steps of action to make her dream real. Here is her original story with some new illustrations. Sara credits her fourth-grade teacher with having the vision to guide her through the creative process with lots of exercises all leading up to the final story. She also says that her favorite authors, including Beatrix Potter, Roald Dahl and Lucy Maud Montgomery, were part of her inspiration. I think you’ll notice those flavors in her writing style.
Wow! What another big honor. We got a story in the preeminent blog for psychologists. This article gives a great breakdown of the dream process and all the concepts are highlighted, so you can really dig deep. You also learn more about our philosophy that drove the creation of the book. Yay! Below is an excerpt.
We were honored to attend the American Psychological Associations 2018 annual conference to present the results of our study. This is a new analysis of our data that, essentially, says that young students perform better when they are taught the basics of socioemotional skills, like passion and goal setting, first before more academic subjects, such as reading, writing and arithmetic.
The Dream Playbook was tested by the University of Cincinnati in a year-long study called “Promoting Optimistic Thinking in YMCA After-School Students” as part of community service and outreach program.