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The Heart Grows Smarter -
"It’s not that the men who flourished had perfect childhoods. Rather, as Vaillant puts it, “What goes right is more important than what goes wrong.” The positive effect of one loving relative, mentor or friend can overwhelm the negative effects of the bad things that happen.

In case after case, the magic formula is capacity for intimacy combined with persistence, discipline, order and dependability. The men who could be affectionate about people and organized about things had very enjoyable lives."

"Over the past half-century or so, American culture has become more attuned to the power of relationships. Masculinity has changed, at least a bit.

The so-called Flynn Effect describes the rise in measured I.Q. scores over the decades. Perhaps we could invent something called the Grant Effect, on the improvement of mass emotional intelligence over the decades. This gradual change might be one of the greatest contributors to progress and well-being that we’ve experienced in our lifetimes."
dependability  order  discipline  persistence  whatmatters  leadership  happiness  life  aging  georgevaillant  grantstudy  change  psychology  culture  2012  emotions  success  responsiveclassroom  response  socialemotionallearning  socialemotional  intimacy  friendship  mentorship  mentoring  mentors  emotionalintelligence  tcsnmy  relationships  davidbrooks 
november 2012 by robertogreco
Community. Community. Community. « Re-educate Seattle
"Community. Community. Community.

In school, we operate under the conceit that if we focus on content delivery—that is, if our lesson plans and unit plans are elegantly prepared—then human relationships won’t matter.

And after-school programs are left to pick up the pieces.

Of course, classroom teachers know that relationships matter. But school is not set up in a way to enable true community to develop. Six classes a day, five minutes between classes and 30 minutes for lunch. Get ‘em in, get ‘em out. One teacher typically sees 150 kids every day, for 55 minutes at a time. In that structure, there’s a limit to what classroom teachers can do to build the authentic, caring human relationships that provide the foundation for academic and social growth.

The failings of our schools are not a result of the failings of individuals. It’s a failing of the institution.

We need to redesign the institution."
stevemiranda  pscs  pugetsoundcommunityschool  education  tcsnmy  learning  community  communities  lcproject  curriculum  socialcurriculum  toshare  topost  change  relationships  responsiveclassroom  responsivedesign 
november 2010 by robertogreco
Our Journey of Learning: Past, Present, and Future
"I began to think outside walls of my school…I started to look around at other schools in our division to see how they structured their days, reading instruction, & other initiatives that were being put into place. It wasn't that I was unhappy, I had built a family where I was but I felt restless & curious about unknown. It was a very difficult decision, but I decided to leave & head to another school. It was difficult to leave my friends, students, & families that I had built deep relationships w/ over four years. But at the same time, I was excited about what was ahead.

I decided to venture out & see how a different building w/in the same division ran. I felt compelled to make my move to a school that was implementing Responsive Classroom, Expeditionary Learning, & various other initiatives that I felt matched very well with my own personal ideas about education. I immediately felt that I shared similar values, hopes, & strategies for learning w/ my new administration."
teaching  looping  growth  change  education  curiosity  responsiveclassroom  values  schools  pedagogy  cv  yearoff  learning 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Alfie Kohn Interview 2/1/2010 - Dr. Ross Greene2 | Internet Radio | Blog Talk Radio
"In this program, Dr. Greene had the pleasure of talking with Alfie Kohn, author of Punished by Rewards, Beyond Discipline, and many other critical books. This was a fun and enlightening discussion about a variety of school-related topics, including school discipline, socially healthy classrooms, high-stakes testing...the whole gamut."

[via: quoting "When you put autonomy and community together you get democracy."]
autonomy  topost  democracy  community  alfiekohn  education  progresive  tcsnmy  discipline  schools  teaching  learning  structure  responsiveclassroom  responsibility  trust  democratic  progressive  interviews  hierarchy  management  leadership  administration  coercion  learningcommunities  compliance  compulsory  authority  timeouts  punishment  classroommanagement  classroom  safety  comfort  care  culture  ethics  citizenship  caringcommunities  caring  classrooms 
july 2010 by robertogreco

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