Educating the Heart
One of the wonderful things about being a part of #mtbos is the opportunities to glean ideas and information from others. This time, @lisabej_manitou post of notes and scattered thoughts from a recent brain based teaching and learning conference enlightened me. In Notes and Scattered Thoughts from Learning & the Brain Conference, Lisa shares information about the correlation between stress and learning, building student resilience, tackling anxiety and educating the heart.
Implications for your math instruction
This post reminded me of articles and blog posts I’ve read about social emotional learning. If we meet the needs of our students emotionally, or educate the heart, students will be in a better position to learn. It is a matter of seeing them as real children first, versus a group of emotionless and sometimes nameless faces we much teach a list of standards before an arbitrary deadline. (By the way, if you don’t know the names of the students sitting in your classroom, put yourself in their shoes, how would you feel if someone who is supposed to be investing in your life didn’t know your name.)
Equally important, Lisa’s post discussed building resilience and two key statements stuck out to me.
Build resilience by allowing time for information to stabilize and take root.
Nothing discourages mastery more than an adult who steps in and says: “Let me do that for you.”
How often do we spend two days on a concept and move forward to the next before students have time to digest the new material? They are left in a state of confusion trying to make connections between the multiple concepts which can lead to anxiety. How many times do we show students a procedure or process and in the end, it is only us who has the understanding of the concept? Building resilience screams SMP 1, SMP 2 and SMP 3, which makes yet another argument of why the Standards for Mathematical Practice should be in the forefront of your teaching.
Lisa Bejarano’s post has stoked a fire I’ve had burning inside me for a while. Perfect timing as I’m heading back to school after a week’s break. I’m going in armed with strategies and information which will help me meet the needs of the students I will encounter.
Written by Jenise Sexton (@MrsJeniseSexton)