Patty O'Grady's work in the field of education and psychology spans 30 years and has included classroom teaching in both K-12 general and special education, as well as higher education, where she is currently on the faculty at the University of Tampa. She writes a blog about positive psychology in education for Psychology Today; she is also the author of numerous articles and a popular trainer and presenter. She earned her PhD in education and psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park.
"In Positive Psychology in the Elementary School Classroom, Patty O'Grady offers enriching information that will help teachers instruct the whole child... It is not just about feeling good, and far more than just 'being happy.' It is about finding your individual strengths and personal motivations. Teachers who implement it can use academic subjects to teach about life lessons - about feelings, strengths, friendships, meaning, and pride in accomplishments... [A] great read for therapists, parents, school counselors, and school personnel... And, if you do lead a class, it just may make your teaching more memorable." -- PsychCentral "[A] formative resource for those in teacher education as a means of influencing their view of classroom practice... [S]hould feature on the reading lists for teacher trainees as a means of enhancing their understanding of the complex interrelationship between learning and teaching - and learners and teachers." -- Primary Science (UK) "Through the use of positive psychology, teachers model and reinforce nonviolent behaviors and pro-social skills, thus providing students with a safe, caring, and inclusive environment in which every child can learn to become a respectful and responsible citizen. This book is an excellent resource for classroom teachers who want to integrate positive psychology values into their curriculum. Research has demonstrated that children who feel safe and cared for are predisposed to learning, and Patty O'Grady's book provides readers with the tools to provide this care." -- Bev Dekker, The Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities "Positive Psychology in the Elementary School Classroom provides a thorough examination of neuroscience research, educational theory, and teaching strategies that can be combined to produce a school climate that helps children grow both cognitively and emotionally. In addition to explaining the science behind the connection between emotional and academic competence, this book also teaches the reader about specific classroom activities that will enable children to develop confidence and enjoy an 'accomplished life.'" -- Cheryl Scott Williams, Executive Director, Learning First Alliance