Gimnasio Moderno, a reference in education for life and happiness
The Gimnasio Moderno was a special guest at the Magazine “Magisterio”.
As a reference in Positive Education, the magazine of international education “Magisterio”, invited the Gimnasio Moderno to be part of its 100th edition, dedicated to Positive Psychology or education for well-being, happiness and flourishing. This pedagogical model that has been implemented in the academic curriculum, works with emotional intelligence, meditation, mindfulness and the inclusion of positive emotions.
Magazine Magisterio invited Juan Sebastián Hoyos, Vice-Principal of the school; Julian Saad, Middle School Coordinator; and teachers Carolina Passega and Ignacio Serrano, as editors who talk about their experience in the Institution and at the same time give advice to readers to apply Education for Happiness.
Juan Sebastián Hoyos wrote the magazine’s central article, in which he narrates how Positive Education has been successfully implemented in the school. The article entitled “How to educate for well-being, happiness and flourishing?” presented readers with the seven dimensions that include education for the flourishing of students: physical well-being, social intelligence, reflection to build a meaningful life, emotional intelligence, personality development, resilience and the cultivation of internal peace. Hoyos states that the purpose of Positive Psychology is not only to educate the intellect, but also the body, relationships, emotions, character, values and spirit.
On the other hand, Carolina Passega and Julian Saad, offer tips to manage emotions in adolescents through Positive Education. They explain that socio emotional learning programs should seek to improve self-awareness and confidence in young people, to master emotions and impulses.
Ignacio Serrano, another of the invited teachers, points out that personal growth takes place through the development of strengths, which play an important role in the generation of identity and self-esteem in adolescence.
It is a privilege for the Gimnasio Moderno to be recognized by the positive psychology model that it currently implements in its student community, as well as being an example for other schools which want to educate for life and welfare, instead of just focusing in the fact of providing enough data to the students for them to pass the school exams.