September 28, 2022


I Hear you!

I’ve been working in restaurants for over 8 years now. When you work in the hospitality industry listening is a must. I’ve worked with and served people from all around the world when working on a cruise ship. I’ve never had a customer I couldn’t help even if there wasn’t a complete solution to a problem, as long as they felt heard and appreciated they felt like they had a solution. Many times acknowledging the little things that people would normally brush off means a lot to people and demonstrates that you really are listening. With family, friends, or strangers I’m always open to hearing someone out and trying to put myself in their shoes. Sometimes you have to ask if they’re looking for a solution or just want to be heard.

There have been plenty of times when I just wanted to vent to my mother and she gives me possible solutions. As you grow up your parents are always warning you about things they did to make sure you don’t make the same mistakes but we almost never listen. I think about all the times my mom had told me about some of the things our family and friends have gone through. They had faced some hardships and made some mistakes. I heard it but did I really listen? I didn’t because if I did I wouldn’t have made the same mistakes. At least it shows in a way though a little careless I am open to continuous learning even if someone else already learned that lesson.

 As I’ve gotten older I realize I ask myself or others questions about culture and history. In school, I was always so uninterested in history and I limited myself to learning. I thought it was the worst subject and a waste of time.  It’s not just culture and history there are so many things that I wonder about now that are little big questions. It’s like being a little kid again and I learn a lot from my nephew who asks really good questions that I would have never thought to ask or think about.  Most of the time it’s like a million rapid-fire questions but we have to show them we too are compelled, enthusiastic, and passionate about learning so we can encourage them to keep asking questions

Listening with understanding and empathy, responding to wonderment and awe, and remaining open to continuous learning are my main habits of mind. I’m always with a listening ear, an itch for adventure, and a curious mind.

Kayden: Description of a Child

Kayden is a 7yr old. His dad is caucasian and his mother is Spanish.  He is an only child but lives close to relatives that he sees frequently. Kayden is on the autism spectrum. His parents had him in daycare since he was very young; the caretaker only had about 5 kids at any time. This provided the opportunity to give each child meaningful one-on-one time.  It prepared Kayden for kindergarten and put him on track with other students. When Kayden talks all his sentences are monotone and pauses for each word. He is very calm and shrieks when he’s excited and squishes his face.

Relationships with children and adults:

Kayden introduces himself when he meets new kids. He interacts very well and makes friends easily. He is well behaved but he does follow the actions of others so he can get mischievous but not of his own accord.  When working on classwork it is best to seat Kayden with students who stay on task. When it comes to adults Kayden feels more comfortable if he has at least one person he’s familiar with.

Activities and Interests:

Kayden plays little league baseball, loves swimming in his pool, and enjoys being on his iPad. The games he plays on his Ipad are majority educational. The games he plays frequently revolve around an activity like making food, or getting ready like showering, brushing hair, or putting on clothes. He sings songs out loud when he’s playing around in his home. He has a really good memory! Kayden is very particular about the music or sounds he wants to listen to. If you don’t hit the nail on the head he progressively gets more irritated. If by the 3rd try you have not gotten it right it causes an outburst.

Formal learning

Kayden thrives off of routines. If there is something that needs to get done but he gives you a hard time all you need to do is set an alarm. When the alarm rings he’s eager to complete the task at hand.  When going through the day’s agenda I give a time limit on the board for the class so that when the alarm rings we can have a smooth transition to a whole class discussion. When playing baseball his favorite position is the pitcher.  He goes through all the steps out loud from his stance, to his throw. He learns well with repetition. When problem-solving it’s beneficial to provide Kayden with more than one example so he can do it again and again plugging in different numbers. When Kayden is talking to you he needs you to look at him so he knows you are listening. If you don’t look at him he will grab your face and turn it towards him. However, Kayden has poor eye contact so he will not be looking at you when he’s talking to you or you are talking to him. Kayden does well with visuals and hands-on learning.  Kayden likes to work on math problems that involve games or manipulatives.

Description of a Child

Javonne is a 15 years old male, is African American and is at 10th grade. He is a little tall, with light skin. He is very respectful with the teachers in the classroom. He is always late for class, we can say that he comes late because his friends also come late (they come to class together).

His situation is a bit worrying since the majority of times he does not feel motivated to do his classwork or homework. He has said many times that he doesn’t care if he get a 55 as his grade, but when his mother intervenes, he feels sad. He shows at that moment the desire to improve since he don’t want to disappoint his mother.

At every class, I had to sit with him and work with him to push him a little more, and motivate him to complete the assignments in class. He demonstrates that he don’t like reading or writing, when he seems that the activities are based on reading and writing even reading questions, and writing response he gets bored, stands aside and does nothing. When I sit with him, I read the materials to him, and explain to him, he then respond with beautiful answers, with awesome answers, even much better than his peers that a lot of them have a better academic standing.

However, in our science class, when we have fun physical activities or games, he is very active and participates so joyful. I notice that Javonne get inspired by his friends, but most of them they do their work in class, except Javonne and Carlos who is the closest to Javonne. Usually, we need to intervene both of them together because they show same attitudes at the same time in class.

Introducing Myself

My name is Alexis Asencio. I’m 23 years old, and I’m working towards my goal of becoming a science teacher for grades 7-12. I was born in the Dominican Republic, and when I was 10 my parents and I decided to come to New York. From and early age in the DR I felt the passion to teach, and so I’m working towards that since that time, I say that because at every grade, I always choose the teacher that I like it the most to get inspirations, and strategies to use at the time I become a teacher. A fun fact of myself is that I like to dance a lot, to go out with friends, to have fun with loved ones, and listening to music, I also like to stay at home, watch movies or tv shows or videos, cook, and have nice foods and drinks.

The three habits of minds that I feel more connected to are; managing impulsivity, finding humor, and responding with wonderment and awe. So often I try to manage my impulsivity, when I get stress I could be impulsive in some stuff, so during my calm time I try to manage that in order to control about any impulsivity.

My big one that is quite related to me is finding humor. Everyone who knows me, characterizes me for always wearing a smile and having a good sense of humor, for laughing almost all the time. I try to emphasizes the fun part of almost everything and in that way relax myself and think in a calm way in the different  issues and things that we face daily. In my work with customers, before getting into their need, I always do a joke to them and we laugh, and then we get into the context of helping them. I noticed that doing this is a good start in serving a person, the person feel comfortable.

This third habit of mind it has been highlighted in me after I started working and being in professional settings. Always for all new things that I get know, I respond with such a wonder, my co-worker uses to joke with me telling me ‘Alexis in wonderland’ because of my reactions to new things.

A Little More About Me

My name is Christal Perdomo and I am a grad student studying high school math education.

I took a long break from my college education and I am very happy I was able to get back to pursuing my goals as a student in higher education, as well as my career goals of becoming a teacher. So far in my journey, I have learned and re-learned the value of persisting, I have adopted the habit of thinking flexibly when meeting new people and learning new information, and I have tried to keep my spirits high by finding humor and looking for ways that it could be incorporated in daily interactions and instructional practices with students.

Throughout my educational journey I have encountered many obstacles and many mental roadblocks. However, since deciding to go back to college – I have continued to push through the various drawbacks and unplanned changes that have come up. Similarly, in navigating new high-level math courses, the higher education system, and the teacher certification track, I needed to employ the habit of mind of persisting. It has been essential for me to stick to my plans, and find new ways to continue on the intended track. As I mentioned in my response to this specific habit of mind, “I think it’s important to understand that there are different paths to success and that our definition of it will change as we learn and grow.”

Another habit of mind that I have found particularly helpful and also a bit challenging has been to think flexibly. I think that at this stage of my academic journey much of the work I have been doing has been very static and highly predictable. However, in my education courses, I have had to change my perspective of things I thought I knew well so that I could gain deeper understandings. It has been a fun challenge to think about how to plan instruction for those who may not see or understand things the way I do. I hope to be able to continue to push myself to think flexibly so that I may learn how to build enrichment programs and write curriculum for my future students.

Despite all this hard work and need for focus, I have found that humor has been one of the most helpful aspects of my journey. One of the reasons I love working with children is that there will always be humor in the experience. As I mentioned in one of my responses to this specific habit of mind, “Finding humor and incorporating humor into learning helps with engagement and helps build connections among teachers and students.” Finding humor helps us connect when we are still learning about each other.

An Entrance to My Life

I am Bradly Rivera, a 23 year-old learner and mentor. I connect with many of the habit’s of mind (HOB’s) but the one’s that hit home the most are “managing impulsivity,” “listening with understanding and empathy,” and “questioning and posing problems.”

I used to be a naturally impulsive person. It was hard for me to control the thoughts that came and I’d often just let that thought out, even though it may not have been a fully developed one. Luckily, as I grew and thought deeper I learned to control this and manage impulsivity. Along with learning to manage impulsivity came trying to listen to understand and show empathy. “To listen to what that person is trying to represent” is very important. For me it highlights not only being open-minded, but also trying to understand from a different POV. Thinking about the way a person has been shaped.

Along with being open-minded and show empathy, I’ve still carried that bit of impulsivity in me that always thinks to question everything. A quote by Einstein, “The formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill. … To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advances” capitalizes on the human ability to communicate well. It’s something that more people should actively try to become better at and never stop.

Often times, questioning someone may be viewed as confrontational when it’s meant to be productive and garner new insight and information on a topic at hand. These habits of mind have been main drivers in shaping me in my later teen years. I became more self-aware and through that more knowledgeable of the world and people around me.