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Fall in Love with Student Centered Teaching

It’s often said when you love what you do, you never really work a day in your life. But does the real-life science actually bear that out?

In his groundbreaking 2010 book The Happiness Advantage and his inspiring 2012 TED talk inspired by the same research, Harvard psychologist Sean Achor shared some findings that we can’t help but fall in love with as classroom educators with a passion for playful pedagogy. As a psychologist and best-selling, Achor’s life’s work specializes in the field known as “Positive Psychology” — which digs into the serious science behind all of those squishy feelings that make people find joy and delight in the things that they do. It turns out that loving what we do goes a whole lot deeper than we think! And his research has shown conclusively that when folks are genuinely happy, they are…

  • 300% more productive
  • 300% more creative
  • 300% better at analytical problem solving

Achor’s research explores the fascinating idea that happiness is not just an emotion, but a skill that can be developed and cultivated. And when we learn how to channel the “Happiness Advantage” into our classrooms, we can instill a positive mindset and a love of learning in our students that provides a lasting key to success and significant impact on overall performance, creativity, and relationships. 

So if you’re looking for a “love connection” to a passionate community of educators and more than 500 fully editable resources, EMC² Learning is overflowing with ideas, inspiration, and activities that are easy to adapt for any course or content area. And for less than the price of a dozen roses and a fancy box of chocolates, your annual membership to EMC² Learning gives you on-demand access to our entire platform for a full year’s time — so you can take full advantage of all the fun we have to offer as you binge-learn until your heart’s content!

Give yourself (or that teacher bestie in your life) the thing that teachers crave more than just about anything: THE GIFT OF QUALITY TIME to be their free, thoughtful, and creative selves so they don’t have to waste their precious hours of beauty sleep snoozing through one-size-fits-none workshops. We’ve got more than a dozen courses available on-demand, 24/7 to help you rekindle your passion for teaching — on your schedule! And to top it off? Your annual site membership includes a veritable bouquet of resources that their students will love.

Ready for a sweet upgrade to an everyday review activity? We’ve got the PERFECT way for your students to show what they know! Say hello to “Cupid’s Candy Challenge!” A seasonal twist on EMC² Learning’s beloved #CandyBarChallenge. This is a ZERO prep activity that’s perfect for any age level, course, or content area — and bound to inspire all sorts of colorful creations from your students. But here’s the best part: we’re offering you the opportunity to enjoy this resource COMPLETELY FREE!

(And if you dig it, why not sign up for a free Tinker Teacher account? This completely free tier of membership unlocks on-demand access to three full length book studies, weekly newsletters with updates and new activity alerts, and a rotating collection of EMC² Learning resources throughout the year.

Who said that school days can’t be sweet? EMC² Learning’s Valentine Hearts themed Badge Battle is inspired by the timeless grade school tradition of striking up conversations while exchanging seasonal notes with our classmates. And Sweet Heart Surprises is full of all sorts of delightful ways to let creative problem solving sparks fly. But it takes a lot of luck to win Cupid’s golden arrow! Will you find true love or hilarious heartbreak?!

Whether your classes are trying to “rebound” from the traditional five paragraph essay, pursuing “passion projects” with independent research, or composing original short stories that come straight from the heart — EMC² Learning Engagement Engineers enjoy a full year of access to more than 500 fully illustrated (and fully editable) templates like the ones shown above. And to sweeten the deal, each resource comes with a combination of step-by-step lesson planning guides, actual sample implementations from real-life classrooms, and friendly instructional videos to help walk you through how to put these high energy pedagogy into play in your classroom to get students up, moving, and sharing the love in no time.

If you’re always looking for new and imaginative ways to bring your lessons to life, then you’re in for a treat with the EMC² Skill Builder Library. Our self-paced video courses are packed with all the tools and strategies you need to take your teaching game to the next level — and we’ve just added NINE all new courses to our collection to help you get a handle on everything from how to make the most of Google Sites in your classroom to ways that you can start introducing Artificial Intelligence into your daily instructional techniques. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, these self-paced courses are designed to help you unleash your creativity and add a spark of magic to your lessons. So why not join us and discover all kinds of new ways to play?

EMC² Learning is home to more than 500 fully editable resources for any course or content area. Engagement Engineers and members of the Creative Corps enjoy a full year of access to each of these resources on demand. We hope you’ll consider joining us to unlock a full year of site access. For complete details including our exclusive limited time offer for annual site membership, click here.

"This site is a total game changer for both me and my students! Thanks for all the ways you level up my learning and classroom."
Carol McLaughlin
1-8 Teacher

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