IPS0015 - Positive Psychology for Teachers: Becoming Positive Beacons

  • Positive psychology focuses on developing the positive qualities in each person. Teachers whose intent is to motivate youths to develop their strengths and talents need to learn not to focus on problems and deficits, but to become positive beacons with positive thinking and positive affect or feeling. This course aims to convince teachers to think positively, and empower them to have positive beliefs and a positive attitude towards students, family and school. Learning activities will also allow the teachers to develop positive affect or happiness through volition. Teachers will learn to become aware of their own states of happiness and affect through objective testing. When teachers are positive in thinking and feeling, they would be ready bring about Positive Youth Development, and/or Positive Education in schools. Positive and happy teachers teach, nurture and serve better.

  • At the end of the course, participants would be able to:

    1. Identify with:
      • positive beliefs and
      • positive thoughts, with theoretical frameworks as background of personal awareness;
    2. Identify with:
      • positive or pleasant affect and
      • negative or unpleasant affect and their activation or intensity using research scales;
    3. Choose to be:
      • detached from negativity and disappointment,
      • peaceful,
      • positive;
      • happy from the “Taxonomy of Happiness” on their own volition;
    4. Practise being positive in daily routines;
    5. Interact positively with others (like students, family, colleagues).
    1. Positive beliefs and positive thinking, including theoretical frameworks (120 mins)
    2. Positive (pleasant) and negative (unpleasant) affect, & research scales (60 mins)
    3. On becoming positive in thinking and feeling/affect: theories & practice (150 mins)
    4. Infusing positivity into personal daily routines  and interactions (60 mins)
    5. Assessments:
      • Groups will devise positive interventions for given case (30 mins)
      • Individuals will complete an online short quiz (60 mins)
  • Group presentation, with individual contributions: to devise positive interventions for a given case(s) of student(s).

  • Primary and Secondary level educators

  • To complete online quiz before class

  • Date : 16 May 2018
    Time : 9.00am to 5.00pm
    Venue : National Institute of Education, Tutorial Room 212

    Note: NIE reserves the right to change or cancel the course due to unforeseen circumstances.

    • MOE Participants - $86.60 (incl. 7% GST & $1 Copyright Fee).
    • Non MOE Participants - $643.00 (incl. 7% GST & $1 Copyright Fee)

    Tea refreshments will be provided during the workshop.

  • 15 April 2018

    Applicants will be notified of the results of their applications via e-mail.

  • E-Register here.

    *All information will be kept confidential and used for internal administration only.

  • Please read the instructions below carefully before completing the application form.

    Upon confirmation, payment is required for all courses. Payment should only be made after the course placement letter has been sent to participants to confirm the application. Cancellations/withdrawals are not allowed. However, a replacement may be sent to attend the same course.

    Payment through GIRO/IFAAS

    NIE will proceed to invoice the respective schools, and they can make payment through GIRO or IFAAS. The amount payable should be credited into the NIE bank account number 518-041272-001.

    Payment by Cheque

    Please submit the cheque together with the application form. Cheque should be made payable to “National Institute of Education” and participant(s)’ name and course(s) clearly indicated on the reverse of the cheque.

    Please mail to: Office of Graduate Studies
    and Professional Learning
    National Institute of Education
    1 Nanyang Walk, S(637616 )
    Attn: Ms Bhavani Silvarajoo


    NIE will acknowledge receipt of the application form through email within one week. The course placement letter will be emailed to applicants who have been successfully placed in a course and upon course confirmation.


    Please note that NIE reserves the right to replace an instructor for a course if the lecturer is unable to teach the course due to unforeseen circumstances. No refund of the course fee will be made to participants.