Jones Journal

Volume 1 Issue 8 October 13, 2016

Principally Speaking

Happy Secret to Better Work Video Clip- Please watch this video clip about positive psychology. It was shared with me a few years ago and I still enjoy it. Although my sister and I never broke an arm, we used to get in trouble when we had bunk beds. Anyway, a positive, creative brain is more productive! Shawn Achor's research is aligned with Eric Jensen’s research about how the brain works, too.

Dopamine plays a major role in the brain system that is responsible for reward-driven learning. Dopamine makes you happier and turns on the learning in your brain. So let’s up our dopamine levels by training our brains to become more positive. Let’s take his challenge. Doing the following things 2 minutes a day, 21 days in a row will rewire our brains.

  • 3 Gratitudes- write down 3 new things you are grateful for each day
  • Journaling- journal about 1 positive experience you had in the last 24 hours allows your brain to relive it
  • Exercise- teaches your brain your behavior matters
  • Meditation- allow our brains to focus, get over our culture’s ADHD of multitasking
  • Random Acts of Kindness- write 1 positive email/note to praise and thank somebody


“It’s the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality. And if we can change the lens, not only can we change your happiness, we can change every single educational and business outcome at the same time.” “If we find a way to become positive in the present, our brains work even more successfully.”

Ready, Set, Engage!

Continuing with Angela Maeirs’ ABCs of Student Engagement- 26 Ways to Captivate your Students and Motivate them to Learn.


Understanding: A wise saying we're familiar with goes, "seek first to understand and demonstrate that understanding before seeking to be understood." How do we demonstrate to our students that we understand and value them; in our words, with our actions, and by our expectations?

Variety: Variety adds spice to life and to our teaching. We must use a variety of teaching methods. No matter how gifted a teacher you are, using the same method to teach each class can become monotonous- for you and the students.

WWW: The information super highway. It is not only the pathway learners in the 21st century seek out and locate information. It is a place where we engage in the creation, and co-creation of content and understanding.

Happy Birthday!

Katya Sido- October 22