“It is hard to correct a lifetime of bad habits in a short period of time.”

– Roderick Nunn, quoted in NY Times article:  The Real Reason New College Grads Can’t Get Hired

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Students were asked how involved and enthusiastic they were about school:

Elementary Students 76%
Middle School Students 61%
High School Students 44%

Nearly eight in 10 elementary students reported high engagement.  By high school, only half of the students reported high engagement.

The MindSage program seeks to engage students before they begin to develop negative attitudes towards learning and school.
By introducing students to positive learning attitudes and habits starting in the 4th grade, MindSage maintains student engagement through middle and high school.

MindSage training begins in the 4th grade – while student engagement is high.

 

Dropout trends indicate that negative habits and attitudes towards learning, school and education are formed well before a student reaches high school.

In the GradNation.org top 20 list of reasons why students drop out, the following top the list as the most common contributing reasons:

• Number four: School wasn’t relevant to my life, 20.3%

• Number two: I was bored, 25.9%

• And the number one reason: I was failing too many classes, 27.6%

MindSage is designed as a preventative solution- by helping students develop positive views of themselves, their performance, future, learning and education.

MORE THAN A FEW SEMESTERS NEEDED

One or two semesters of a career readiness course may be sufficient enough to instill a few positive qualities and skills in the student. But can the limited period of training remove or correct negative traits, qualities or attitudes students have already developed?

MindSage provides nine years of sustained exposure to soft skill training and development.

Exposure to simple ideas, that initiate minor adjustments on a consistent basis, make for large shifts in beliefs and attitudes over time.

Students who better understand themselves – why they think and act the way they do, are in a better position to consciously take ownership of their learning.

WHAT WOULD YOUR STUDENTS SAY?

The purpose of the MindSage weekly assignment is to stimulate students to become aware of, and begin analyzing their own thoughts, actions and attitudes.

MindSage questions are never yes or no, or multiple choice.  Most often, MindSage questions do not have a right or wrong answer. Rather, our questions are designed to draw students out and allow them to decide what they feel, think and believe.
Below are comments from 7th grade students at Mission Dolores Middle school in San Francisco, regarding a MindSage lesson about learning from others.

The MindSage approach includes social-metacognition exercises.  At the end of each week, during the 5-10 minute lesson review, students share what they’ve noticed, become aware of, or learned about themselves.

In addition many assignments are designed for students to learn directly from their peers.  As they do this, they are able to become aware of what they feel, believe and think through contrast and comparison.
In the Risk Assessment assignment, students are asked to think of two or three questions to ask their friends.  Both the questions asked as well as the answers given, give teachers better insight into their student’s thinking.
 

DO YOU WORK WITH CHILDREN OR STUDENTS WHO: 

  • Require constant supervision in order to accomplish his or her assigned task?
  • Are negative, or criticize new ideas or suggestions without providing alternative solutions?
  • Are resistant to learning new information or methods because of the time and effort required?
  • Don’t seem to understand how his or her words and actions impact and affect others?
  • Finds it difficult to identify, understand and express what they are feeling?

HAVE YOU MANAGED OR WORKED WITH ADULTS WHO:

  • Require constant supervision in order to accomplish his or her assigned task?
  • Are negative, or criticizes new ideas or proposals without providing alternative solutions?
  • Are resistant to learning new information or methods because of the time and effort required?
  • Don’t seem to understand how his or her words and actions impact and affect others?
  • Finds it difficult to identify, understand and express what they are feeling?

STUDENTS WHO LACK SOFT SKILLS, GROW UP INTO ADULTS WHO NEED SOFT SKILLS TRAINING. 

 

 

 

“Employment experts agree … soft skills will get you the job—and help you keep it.”


-Monster.com

“More needs to be done to educate young people about the skills employers are looking for, and this needs to be a joint effort amongst key stakeholders from across education, business, and the government.”

-International Youth Foundation