The Case for Cognitive Yoga

I lift weights regularly.  Seriously, I do.  You can stop laughing now.  As I have followed my weight training routine, I have found increased strength.  That’s a good thing.  I have also found increased stiffness in my body.  That’s not such a good thing.  In order to combat the increased rigidity, I also undertake yoga … Continue reading The Case for Cognitive Yoga

Helping Students Learn to Listen with Empathy and Understanding

Fred Rogers, the mild-mannered host of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” knew the importance of empathy and understanding with young children.  He would often spend hours talking with children to help them get answers to the questions they had.  In one interview he stressed the importance of listening and connecting with others.  He said, “In times of … Continue reading Helping Students Learn to Listen with Empathy and Understanding

Helping Students Manage Impulses in the Classroom

In the book Learning and Leading With Habits of Mind: 16 Characteristics for Success, author, researcher, and educator A. L. Costa, identified and addressed a rather substantial list of habits beneficial for students, teachers, and schools.  Managing impulses is one of the characteristics.  Students must learn to manage their impulses if they are going to … Continue reading Helping Students Manage Impulses in the Classroom

Building Persistence in the Classroom

In the book Learning and Leading With Habits of Mind: 16 Characteristics for Success, author, researcher, and educator A. L. Costa, identified and addressed a rather substantial list of habits beneficial for students, teachers, and schools.  The first in his list of characteristics is persisting.  Students must learn to persist through difficulties if they are … Continue reading Building Persistence in the Classroom

The Power of Habits of Mind

Charles Duhigg knows the importance of habits.  His book The Power of Habit is steeped in his extensive research into how habits are developed, how they can be changed, why they are useful, and why they are so enduring.  If you haven’t read the book, I would encourage you to do so.  It is fascinating.  … Continue reading The Power of Habits of Mind