“The most exciting aspect of this work for me is to see students emerge as leaders who take an active role in improving the culture of their school and the mindsets of their classmates… Seeing students feeling powerful and in charge of their learning for the first time was a wonderful experience for me.”
Mindset, Metacognition & Motivation
Mindset, Metacognition & Motivation
MINDSET, METACOGNITION & MOTIVATION
provides an opportunity for youth-adult teams to take a deep dive into the brain-based science of teaching and learning practices, and explore how they support an effective, proficiency-based learning system. Youth are mobilized as peer-to-peer messengers to support student engagement and self-efficacy as they empower their peers to drive their learning.
Learning outcomes include:
- Understanding the importance of mindsets on learning and life
- Promoting positive self-talk
- Understanding how the brain processes information
- Understanding effective brain-based learning strategies
- Exploring stress reduction strategies.
The M3 initiative helps equip students with knowledge of the key components of learning to foster their motivation and academic success. Students learn how, why and when their brain learns. Thus, they build their confidence and competence in learning. Building an understanding of how we process information and our ability to increase knowledge and skills provides an opportunity for learners to take a more active role in their education. This is central to the ability to personalize their learning.
Adolescents are fascinated by how their brains learn. M3 capitalizes on this innate curiosity by providing students with an opportunity to take a more active role in their education. Students develop the ability to personalize their learning as they experience proficiency-based learning. Students working with educators create the potential to transform teaching and learning; together they build the knowledge that will ultimately seed their academic success.
The M3 initiative helps equip students with knowledge of the key components of learning to foster their motivation and academic success. Students learn how, why and when their brain learns. Thus, they build their confidence and competence in learning.
M3 creates a bridge between learners and teachers, fosters shared responsibility for learning, and increases student ownership and engagement. Research has shown that this conceptual framework creates equitable educational opportunities for all youth, enabling and empowering each and every individual to reach their greatest potential.
These are factors that we can influence in our schools, honoring the potential of all learners and shaping a school culture of growth mindsets, metacognition, and motivation that supports student engagement and self-efficacy, and builds intrinsic motivation.
UP for Learning will provide:
- 2 days of training (one in the fall/one in the spring) for the full team where they experience M3 first hand and that provides and reinforces the core knowledge and skills needed to implement M3.
- On- and off-site coaching throughout the program.
- The M3 graduate course or professional learning hours for adult lead partners and advisory faculty.
- Attend the full-day trainings as a youth-adult team
- Following the training, prepare to introduce the M3 initiative to their school faculty and peers.
- Youth facilitators continue their learning in partnership with their adult team members and prepare to co-facilitate the sessions. Adult team members will support youth team members, including regular check-ins to ensure their confidence and competence as peer facilitators.
- Offer youth facilitators credit and/or evidence of proficiency in transferable skills toward graduation. (Learning targets linked to transferable skills are available.)
*A variety of implementation opportunities are possible to meet the vision and goals of your team/school.
The M3 professional learning options provide opportunities for individuals to go more deeply into the work. Options include, a 1-credit course, 3-credits course, or professional development hours. All options provide more scaffolding and support for adult learners while exploring the science of learning and its pedagogical implications for their practice over the course of the year.
Contact Amie at amie@upforlearning for more information.
“There is one student in particular that has taken such a different view on her school experience. Previously, she hated school, refused assignments, felt stupid and did not engage in adult relationships. This year, she feels empowered, proud and respected by teachers which has engaged her academically and she believes she can doing anything. Seeing this change is the WHY.”
-Teacher, People′s Academy Middle Level
“I am excited most about the potential this work has to transformatively change the culture at our school
…this work helps change our collective mindset. Assignments and activities become opportunities not obligations. Challenges become embraced not avoided. And mistakes become celebrated as steps to growth not signs of failure. Achieving this would do more to help our students realize their full potential than any lesson or lecture could ever do.”
-Teacher, Barre City Elementary & Middle School
“Having my peers share this information made it a little more memorable because it was people I knew who were interested in the topic willing to speak to us.”
“I think toward the end they were really taking it in more because we were able to relate it to our own experiences…I think that was really helpful for connecting it because I feel like if I know I’m making the curriculum better when you connect it to something that I experienced or something that’s going on in our life as kids.”
What does Mindset, Metacognition and Motivation look like in action?
The following are videos chronicling People’s Academy High School and Barre City Middle School’s M3 initiative work during the 2017-2018 school year. You will also find video clip reflections of the Green Mountain Union and Black River high school faculty who participated in a year-long M3 course during the 2016-2017 school year, weaving brain-based practices into the fabric of their classroom instruction and learning environment.
This video tells the story of People’s Academy in 2017-2018.
This video tells the story of Barre City Middle School in 2017-2018.