Dear Colleague,

This summer, I participated in a professional learning experience with LUTE-STEM at Lehman College I learned a lot about different frameworks of learning which promote computational thinking, The habits of mind, descriptive review of a child, and multimodal teaching concepts.

There was a lot to think about and to consider how to apply in the classroom, and in this letter, I’d like to focus on how to create a new format which includes a multimodal approach while developing a sense of what the habits of mind offers and how it’s importance in child development because I personally didn’t know that controlling abrupt responses, and impulsive behavior, as well as learning how to think before reacting are skills needed as children grow.

I would like to propose that we create a unit using the habits of mind that students may feel in need to reinforce. I think we can make a group discussion where we share our weakness and strengths. This unit should start with a preview about the habits of mind and how important it is to learn how to manage our impulses. The teacher can provide visuals, videos and even find an expert who’s willing to meet with the class via zoom to discuss the topic.

To do this we will need newspaper, magazines, pictures, and recyclable items. Also glue, poster board, markers etc. to make a collage. Students will create a collage with pictures and item that can easily trigger their emotions on a negative way. They will be presenting their project in class and explaining the skills they feel they need to work on in order to control their impulses.

The students will be making a collage that can best represent the habits of mind they need to reinforce. They will individually be creating an art piece that can best explain their reaction when predispose to situations that they are not yet ready to face.

When the students complete this activity, they will have made progress on these two standards from the New York State Social Studies Framework, and the New York State Standard for the Arts.

  • A. Gathering, Interpreting, and Using Evidence

3. analyze evidence in terms of content, authorship, point of view, bias, purpose, format, and audience.

5. make inferences and draw conclusions from evidence.

  • A: Cr3.1.7 

a. Reflect on and explain important information about personal artwork, in an artist statement or in another forma 

Here’s how I think we might introduce this activity. We could give these directions to the students: the teacher will ask then to write a short paragraph about the situations they feel they are not yet ready to confront. What situations make you feel vulnerable and for which you may not always have the answers. Students will have 15 mins to do this activity individually and later will be assigned to a classmate to exchange thoughts. I would also propose that the students give each other feedback on their work. They could use this checklist to self-assess and to give each other feedback:

  • I can respond to familiar topics. 
  • I can respond positively if the other person knows how to approach. 
  • I can think before reacting if the situation is favorable. 

This activity should take at least 25 mins to complete, which should allow time for productive struggle. To encourage persistence, I think we might share our letter to see if anyone else can relate to others triggers. If it’s the case, how can we work on controlling our impulses? Students will exchange ideas and suggestions about how they manage their emotions.

When they have finished this activity, it would be great if we could ask the students to write and talk about how they used one of these three Habits of Mind.

  • Managing Impulsivity
  • Listening with Understanding and Empathy
  • Thinking about your thinking.

I will also use these Habits of Mind to give the students both written and oral feedback while they are working and once the finish their work.

Thank you for taking the time to consider this proposal. I hope you see how valuable this activity could be for our students. Please let me know if you have any revisions that I might consider for this activity. I look forward to working with you on this

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Jimmy
September 9, 2022 7:17 pm

I find this topic rather interesting as someone interested in psychology, especially when it comes to the issues of impulsivity etc. Our generation has the highest percentage of adolescents being diagnosed. With this, I feel that it would be helpful for the educational system to teach children about emotional education. I believe integrating things taught in DBT and CBT can be very beneficial to children, even if they do not suffer from any particular mental illness or disorder that CBT/DBT can help. I mention DBT because, within Dialectal behavioral therapy, a huge part of it is learning to control impulsivity, and move from being impulsive to spontaneous. So, in short, I wholeheartedly agree.

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Joshua
September 7, 2022 4:35 am

Dear Claudia:
I am glad about your post, “Youth and Impulsivity,” because people should be far more observant and aware as to what’s going on. Being invested in news and everything, within this generation that’s rare. 
One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I would like to propose that we create a unit using the habits of mind that students may feel in need to reinforce.” I think this is amazing because it goes to show how we really need to work on our skills for being more observant. Also saying that creating habits would be great is an amazing proposition, I feel as if this is something that should already be embedded into everyone.
Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because what you have proposed is amazing. It’s not thoroughly talked about within our generation but millennials do notice it a lot. Having an older generation notice how less informant and aware that we are for them to notice it this much we really need to take it into far more consideration.
Joshua Gonzalez 

Diana
August 31, 2022 3:22 am

Dear Claudia:
I am interested in your “Youth and Impulsivity”, proposal post because it revolved around the habits of mind that we learned. I know this would be a great learning experience for the students to learn about the multimodal concepts and how this will improve the areas in that students need reinforcement. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I’d like to focus on how to create a new format which includes a multimodal approach while developing a sense of what the habits of mind offer and how it’s importance in child development because I personally didn’t know that controlling abrupt responses, and impulsive behavior, as well as learning how to think before reacting are skills needed as children grow.” I think this is great because once you familiarize yourself with the different habits of mind, it can help improve the weakest areas. The habit of mind allows us to reflect on our thoughts and behaviors. Another sentence that caught my attention was “We could give these directions to the students: the teacher will ask them to write a short paragraph about the situations they feel they are not yet ready to confront. What situations make you feel vulnerable and for which you may not always have the answers.” This stood out for me because it’s not always easy to face reality and accept our weaknesses but allowing students to assimilate can help them as you say confront.
Have you seen this https://youtu.be/0QXmmP4psbA ? I thought you might be interested in this because the video focuses on how students often are stuck in their thoughts but having them write them down as you had suggested would free their minds. I think it’s a great video of how we can help our students develop self-confidence while implementing habits of mind. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your post was very well put together and it gave me a lot to think about and relate to.

Marina
August 10, 2022 7:47 pm

Dear Claudia:

I am   interested in your proposal, “Youth and Impulsivity,” because you designed a lesson that helps students become aware of their impulsivity. This is not always easy, but by including a multi-modal approach that encourages participants to share their thinking by collaging, you have encouraged them to make their thinking visible in a fun, creative way.

One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I personally didn’t know that controlling abrupt responses, and impulsive behavior, as well as learning how to think before reacting are skills needed as children grow.” I appreciate this statement because you have shared a huge realization that studying the Habits of Minds has offered you and your future students. As educators, we lead and guide our students in so many ways, including introducing them to experiences that will help them to understand themselves more. Our work includes teaching students about how to learn and about the factors that might impede their learning, such as impulsivity. Like you, I think building awareness around impulsivity is important because when students can name it and identify it, then they can begin to implement strategies to help themselves grow.

Another sentence that I loved was: “They will be presenting their project in class and explaining the skills they feel they need to work on in order to control their impulses..” This stood out to me because all of the students will be able to share with their community members and learn from one another. Not only that, they will make connections and think together when sharing. When we include opportunities for sharing, the whole community wins because they learn together.

 Have you seen this video, Cookie Monster Practices Self Regulation? I thought you might be interested in this because you are working with younger learners and they might enjoy learning more about impulse control from Cookie Monster. The video is quite humorous while also mentioning impulses and sharing some strategies.

Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because it is evident that you are very reflective and open to sharing your learning journey.

Marina

Last edited 1 month ago by Paul Allison

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