My name is Claudia Suarez, I’m Dominican, I’m Cancer and I am a bilingual PreK teacher. I believe all children can learn as long as they are provided with the appropriate tools and assistance to target the areas that need support and development. I am a proud mom of two boys ages 9 and 2. I am very family oriented and I believe in love, compassion and understanding people’s feeling. I love art, music, nature and food.

While reading about the Habits of Mind, I was able to understand a lot more children behavior. In fact, I was able to identify the mistakes I constantly make when facing a specific situation. I have learned that, reacting with impulsiveness even though is a very common behavior we tend to disregard instead of working to manage our impulses. I understood that responding through an impulse leads to problems, mistakes and inconveniences that we later end up regretting.

On the other hand, in order to teach our students how to behave when they don’t have the answer to something, how to get them produce a response based on prior knowledge, or helping them develop, process, learn, and imitate a critical response either on their own or from others point of view is empirical and needed for their development, especially when facing a situation that is out of their knowledge.

The habit of the mind focuses on finding cues to our responses when facing situations people do not have the answers to. In my opinion, there are important factors we must deal with prior to confronting an awkward situation where we are at lost due to lack of knowledge.

For example.

Managing Impulsivity. Controlling our impulses and abruptic behaviors can be extremely difficult. For many people, been impulsive is the first reaction as a way to protect themselves when they don’t know or have the answer to something. Letting out our emotions is most of time the easiest way to take control of a situation. going off or showing unexpected outburst of emotions and rage tends to be our first response to unknown situation, where we may feel at lost or without the proper knowledge of the subject.

Listening with Understanding and Empathy. Not always human beings tend to take advisement so lightly. It is usually taken otherwise, as an offense or disrespect to their persona and their knowledge. It can be very hard to accept an advice or to listen to others without having to argue back.

Applying Past Knowledge to New Situation. Sometimes we can relate to past situations or experiences to bring them to real life. Reflecting on past experiences is helpful in avoiding falling into the same mistakes and wrong responses. Using background knowledge to build new ideas is essential in our so-called maturing in the way we respond, behave and act among others.

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Tyrone Hill
April 3, 2024 2:58 pm

I love the image you chose for this post. Did you draw this yourself? K knowing the story of why teachers. choose there position is beautiful to me because teachers are the real reason education is able to flourish.

July 27, 2022 7:07 pm

Dear Claudia:

I enjoyed reading your Habits of Mind Bio, “A Little Bit About Me,” because I think you actually shared a lot, and it was so nice to get to learn more about you and your life. I appreciate how you described how the Habits of Mind impacted you and how they helped you understand children better.

One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “The habits of the mind focuses on finding cues to our responses when facing situations people do not have the answers to” I think this is a strong connection because each of the habits seems to offer a mindset to consider for conquering a challenge. By nurturing and identifying these habits within our own lives, we can have more ownership and flexibility in how to approach situations. Then, we can help others become familiar with them too.

Another sentence that I agree with is: “Using background knowledge to build new ideas is essential in our so-called maturing in the way we respond, behave, and act among others..” This stood out to me because it is true and insightful. Using our life experiences as background knowledge can certainly benefit us when we encounter new people, ideas, and moments. By recalling and reflecting, we can use those memories to help us navigate through these experiences. 

 Have you seen this blog post, What are Habits of Mind? How do they Influence Brain/Mind Development?  I thought you might be interested in this because the author is a teacher who shares compelling ideas about the Habits of Mind with early childhood students. She includes a list of traits that make the practicing of the habits visual.

Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your writing is reflective and motivating to think about.

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