MindSage is an innovative program that adapts corporate and university soft skills training courses, into age-appropriate lessons for students grades 4th-12th.
Our program progressively develops positive attitudes towards education and life long learning, while adjusting and even preventing negative work place attitudes and habits.
MindSage can easily fit into your class schedule or after school enrichment program.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Introduce the Lesson Objective
Use questions in the lesson plan to introduce and generate curiosity for the lesson. Watch the lesson video.
From the Lesson Plan:
Review the associated metacognitive assignment for the week, in the lesson plan or video.
A Simple Reminder
Remind the student to record their self analysis and observations in their MindSage journal.
End Of the Week
5-10 Minute Discussion
Ask for volunteers to share their observations as part of a social metacognitive learning exercise.
MINDSAGE CAN BE IMPLEMENTED USING ALTERNATIVE METHODS:
• MindSage lessons can be included in a Blended Learning classroom model.
• MindSage videos and lessons can be part of a flipped classroom assignment.
• MindSage can be implemented in an after school enrichment program.
• Or pair MindSage with RealWorld Course in an after school, or 21st Century Skills Community Center program, for a real world experience to prepare students for the workplace.
WHY DOES IT WORK?
MindSage works because we empower the student.
Students are often told what to think or be: Think positive. Be innovative.
For example, many educators tell their students they should think in an innovative manner or be a problem solver.
With MindSage we don’t just tell students what they should be, we show them how to develop the specific traits or qualities they will need to become innovative problem solvers.
We want to prevent students from developing a racial bias or prejudice. But how? We start off in 4th Grade, reinforcing the benefits of variety. Variety in food (covered in the video below) and color is an effective way to shape their view of differences.
In subsequent videos additional questions are posed: What would it be like if everyone looked like you? Or everyone was the same color as you? Then we associate variety with diversity. We help students to understand how diversity, like variety, is beneficial, positive and even powerful.
Later, in the middle school lessons, we reinforce the positive aspects of variety and diversity- helping students recognize differences in people as unique strengths.
Having laid the foundation in earlier lessons, MindSage High School connects the value of variety and diversity to team work, clear communication, and cooperation in the workplace and life.
Give your students an advantage in school, work and life.