I want to share six commitments that are essential for positive change — as we celebrate this year of learning, and look forward to what’s possible together.
“We create caring, nurturing adults, prepared to be productive citizens in a democratic society.” I’m sure you’ve all seen that proclamation, there or thereabouts, as part of the mission statement of just about every school you’ve ever visited. It’s a common declaration. And meaningless if it isn’t followed. How do we avoid turning it into [...]
Are we more interested in the appearance of the thing, or the thing itself? There is a seduction of the surface. It’s easy to see. It’s easy to put in a photo. It’s easy to say, “We’re doing it right.” It’s just plain easier. As stress levels rise and we are too busy even to be busy, we skim. The surface is faster. Depth takes reflection. It takes ambiguity and curiosity and the effort of turning the wheel firmly enough to leap out of the deeply worn ruts in the roads of our minds.
Would you like to understand how EQ works in organizations? How about the neuroeconomics of trust? Or maybe why purpose is the catalyst for successful transformation? See our upcoming webinar schedule and register! And, you can see a recording of today’s webinar on EQ assessments… Measuring EQ for Transformation: How does it work to measure emotional intelligence [...]
Last week in Japan my translator asked, “when you say, ‘reflection,’ what do you mean?” Midori said she couldn’t find a Japanese word that matched what I seemed to be talking about. It’s something I love about travel — and about parenting — I have opportunities to look at something so familiar, so known, that [...]
This is an outrageously cool example of great learning — head, heart, and hands all together. Real questions, real challenge, and real meaning — not “dumbed down.” Imagine if all our teachers had this depth of insight and “spark of genius” to engage students this deeply… it’s SO POSSIBLE to give children this gift and meet our [...]
Intriguing article in the Wall Street Journal: Educating the Next Steve Jobs — points out that a narrowly defined pathway to “success” where failure is anathema is the recipe for conformity, not innovation. In most high-school and college classes, failure is penalized. But without trial and error, there is no innovation. Amanda Alonzo, a 32-year-old [...]
How can you be a more effective speaker? There is a growing body of research on the link between likability and authenticity and trustworthiness. Even expert witnesses, providing court testimony, are viewed as more credible if — in addition to appearing trustworthy, knowledgeable, and confident — they are also likable. The same applies to a presenter who seeks to establish credibility in the eyes of the audience. Likeability, coupled with authenticity, is one of the cornerstones of credibility as a speaker.
One the reasons Six Seconds’ programs are transformational is our commitment to a rigorous approach to learning. We come from a “constructivist” history, rooted in the humanistic school of education. How do we structure learning to activate optimal brain states and support learners to “construct” meaning? It starts by understanding that learning is a process of change.
Please join us for the The Six Seconds EQ Educator Certification, Phoenix, AZ All Saints School, 6300 North Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ, 85012. March 1-2, 2012 8:30 AM -4:30 PM This intensive 2-day-plus certification equips educators with the skills necessary to: Become more effective in teaching SEL and learning the 6Seconds teaching approach Confidently implement [...]