Episode 146: Mind Hacking: Missing Skills We’re Not Teaching Students

Sir John Hargrave has taken the research on the mind and related it to current self-help practices to help us learn what works. In today's episode, we learn about essential thought patterns we should understand to be successful educators.  Metacognition is an essential skill of the most successful students. I also share how I overcame my own negative thought loops caused by four years of bullying.

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Some of the fascinating takeaways from this show are:

  • Concentration as a missing skill in the classroom
  • How to Overcome Negative Thought Loops that Keep Us From Being Our Best
  • The Important Metacognitive Skills We Should Teach Students
  • Steve Job's “Reality Distortion Field” Technique

Sir John Hargrave's book Mindhacking is FREE (at least through Fall 2015) at http://www.mindhacki.ng/

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Metacognition and a growth mindset are essential areas for every educator to understand. Listen to the show and dig into the research of mind hacking and metacognition.


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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Kathryne Thrash May 25, 2015 - 12:21 am

I think this article is correct. Students are not concentration as much because they are begin pulled in 20 different directions. I believe that students only have a certain amount of time before they start not paying attention. So we as teachers need to learn our students Metacognition of learning. Each student is made different and by using the tools we have we can develop their on knowledge on the different topics.

Mark E March 8, 2017 - 9:49 am

I LOVE these kinds of posts Vicki.
This is the EXACT kind of outside the box thinking that education needs.

Kids, and most adults, have no clue how to get out of a negative mindset. They don’t even know they are in one. When students realize they can assert some control over their mindset and their mood….wow, that’s a massive gamechanger and quite frankly more important than whatever your content is for an average day in your class.

I am currently reading my second Seth Godin book (Tribes now) and building a Google doc of notes I’ve learned from all the marketing books I studied in a past career and how a lot of what I learned about the science of getting people’s attention can be used to have more fun and more success in our class. I’d love to share it with you if you are interested.

Vicki Davis March 8, 2017 - 12:04 pm

Always interested in awesome learning. Tribes is a great book but my issue with it is that many people talk about “their tribe” and it doesn’t sit well with me in that we are part of a bigger community. For me, the me centered approach to social media or even teaching doesn’t work. It is about serving others.


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