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Faculty Book Pick: Thrivers By Dr. Michele Borba

August 25, 2022
By Kate Plifka, School Counselor

We think we have to push our kids to do more, achieve more, be more. But we’re modeling the wrong traits—like rule-following and caution—and research shows it’s not working. This kind of “Striver” mindset isn’t just making kids unhappier, says Dr. Michele Borba…it’s actually the opposite of what it takes to thrive in the uncertain world ahead.

Thrivers are different: they flourish in our fast-paced, digital-driven, often uncertain world. Why? Through her in-depth research, Dr. Borba discovered that the difference comes down not to grades or test scores, but to seven character traits that set Thrivers apart—confidence, empathy, self-control, integrity, curiosity, perseverance, and optimism. The even better news: these traits can be taught to children at any age…in fact, parents and educators must do so.

In Thrivers, Dr. Borba offers practical, actionable ways to develop these traits in children from preschool through high school, showing how to teach kids how to cope today so they can thrive tomorrow. -Amazon book review

Why It’s a Staff Fav! 
PHPS uses the RULER approach, which is an evidence based approach to SEL (social-emotional learning) developed at the Center for Emotional Intelligence at Yale (RULER — Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence)

Over the summer, PHPS staff read Thrivers and will be participating in a book study on the seven character strengths discussed in the book. Keeping the RULER approach in mind, our goal as a school community is to assist students in developing the skills to strengthen their emotional intelligence and grow their overall academic and personal well-being.

We hope you join us!

Purchase on Amazon: Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine

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