Brain research demonstrates that
learning is best achieved
when students perceive lessons as
relevant to their lives,
It's a given that educators must follow specific curriculum guidelines for the academic achievement of their students.
The Art of Teaching:
Designing required curriculum that activates student engagement, thereby
anchoring learning that matters.
What does biochemistry have to do with cognitive skills? PLENTY.
Constructive engagement and positive collaborations stimulate nerve impulses that release neurotransmitters which, research has shown, support or inhibit executive function and focus.
Well-designed learning experiences that facilitate students' sense of partnering in their own education, naturally and effortlessly increases their engagement, motivation and
adoption of life-enhancing knowledge.
Neurotransmitters and hormones are the signaling chemicals that control mood, emotions, attention and focus.
As the trigger point of strong emotions, the amygdala can make-or-break
Classroom culture determines whether risks are taken and meaning is made... or not.
Cultivation of learning environments conducive to mutual respect and connection is the highest priority of the most perceptive and
Children as young as 4 years of age can
(and need to)
engage in the process of critical thinking,
... as they explore their world in a mutually respectful learning environment.
When SOARR-ing questions are used as classroom-ready facilitation aids to evoking those natural born abilities, wide-ranging short and long-term benefits are the result.
use prior knowledge to •plan a strategy for approaching a learning task, •take necessary steps to problem solve, •evaluate results, and
•modify one’s approach, as needed.
The KIDS' OWN WISDOM® approach does not directly teach metacognition by dissecting its elements... nor does it directly identify the stages of growth mindset, instead ...
... it provides consistent opportunities to exercise metacognitive and growth mindset "muscles," so that students naturally and automatically rely on those innate capacities more and more often.
Increased personal accountability is a naturally occurring benefit of exercising and developing students' metacognition and growth mindset,
which makes everyone's life better,
in and out of the classroom.
Although the KIDS' OWN WISDOM approach does not, specifically, teach mindfulness,
there are many parallels in approach and benefits:
with either or both approaches,
short and long term benefits.