This week's short episode is a quick reminder of how we can model controlling our thoughts, reframing our perspective and keeping our commitments in the midst of chaos. In other words, modeling resilience.
"Education in the 21st century must adapt to the challenges students face in today’s world. Scientific research on cognitive development has revealed exciting discoveries about the way adolescent brains function and ways to teach the way the brain learns best." says Casie Buckner-Munteanu, B.A., M. ED. In today's interview she provides resources and tangible strategies that you can use with your teens to help them discover their learning style. Teaching our kids to understand and advocate for how they learn best is one of the greatest tools we can give them. This is how we begin to cultivate a desire for lifelong learning for learning's sake.
Art & English
Using primary colors, students created an introduction and a conclusion. The topic sentence needs to repeat and it is restated in the conclusion as represented by the colors. The teacher chose primary colors because they are clear, concise and basic. The body of the paragraph, which would include greater details and larger explanations of the topic, were represented by secondary colors.
Art & Math
Ratio, Color, Pythagorean Theorem
Using a 4:1 ratio students enlarged a spherical object and incorporated an overlapping right triangle in the layout. They then developed a color scheme differentiating the triangle from the sphere. Finally, students solved for the hypotenuse using the Pythagorean theorem. Rough draft required. Chuck Close and Frank Stella work used as master references. Prismacolored pencil on paper.
Art & Science
Students were to transform a drawing of a strand of DNA to a drawing of a living thing in four phases. Landscape or portrait format. Rough draft required. Design elements utilized were line, shape, color and balance. Henry Moore and Edgar Degas drawings as master references. Graphite on paper.
Quicklinks to Resources from this Episode
The Learning Process In 3 Steps:
(How do you learn best?)
1) How do I get information into my brain?
2) What do I do with it once it's there?
3) How do I get it back out?
Study Power: Study Skills to Improve your Learning and your Grades
Luckie, William R. and Smethurst, Wood. (1998). Study Power: Study Skills to Improve your Learning and your Grades. Brookline, MA: Brookline Books.
Ratey, John J. (2008). SPARK: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. New York, NY: Little, Brown & Company.
Teaching With The Brain In Mind
Jensen, E. (1998). Teaching with the brain in mind. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
How The Brain Learns
Sousa, D. A. (2006). How the brain learns. Thousand Oaks, Calif: Corwin Press.
The Science Behind Learning
Learning, Arts and the Brain
The Impact of Enhancing Students' Social and Emotional Learning
The Brain Basis for Integrated Social, Emotional, and Academic Development
Improving Social Emotional Skills in Childhood Enhances Long-Term Well-Being and Enhances Economic Outcomes
The Evidence Base for How We Learn
National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development
Today's interview is with a dynamic group of women from Sacramento who started an organization called Cour Training - Toolkits for Life. They noticed an increase in anxiety with their children and children in their community and decided to take action. They host weekend workshops for teens and parents equipping them with simple tools for reducing anxiety, regulating emotions, building resilience and providing an opportunity for connection and community.
Quicklinks to Resources from this Episode
Like many of today's teens, my daughter has struggled with major depression and anxiety. She has survived and is learning to thrive in spite of my lack of parenting skill. She has been gracious and patient with me as I have learned to be a better mom. She has figured out how to cultivate her inner world and tap into her own power as she begins her journey as an independent young woman. She is my greatest teacher. Her wisdom, wit, strength and empathy are a source of inspiration. The world is ready for this young woman's unique and loving contributions and I am so grateful to be on this journey with her.
Vashti Summervill is a PCI Certified Parent Coach and a certified teacher in the state of Idaho. She is the secretary of the Idaho Suicide Prevention Coalition and the co-chair of the St. Luke’s Pediatric Family Advisory Council.