Student wellbeing and social-emotional development are essential to academic achievement—but these are only a beginning. Infusing learning with personal passion and compelling purpose that considers the needs of others is at the heart of the benefit mindset, an exciting new teaching perspective moving empathy, inclusion, and altruism to the forefront of education. The “why” and the … Continue reading Teaching the Benefit Mindset: New Book Available Now!
What kind of world would we create if we provided our youngest children with ongoing experiences that met their social, emotional, soulful, and intellectual needs? What kind of learners, leaders, innovators, and artists would children who were nurtured and educated in such a way become? At the forefront of this whole-child approach is Primrose Schools, … Continue reading Teaching the Benefit Mindset to our Youngest Children
“We are all one. And if we don’t know it, we will learn it the hard way.” Bayard Rustin, civil rights leader The first quarter of the 21st century finds the American people in deep thought: What is happening—or not happening—in our schools, families, and communities that causes our teens to take their own lives or … Continue reading The Benefit Mindset’s Call to Action for Educators and Parents (Education Week commentary)
“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” (John Muir) Fundamental separation is an illusion. Disconnection—not just between human beings but between all life forms—is a lie. Separation will always lead to unhappiness and disaster, for both the individual and the group. Essential sameness, … Continue reading The Benefit Mindset: Embracing the We in Me
As communal creatures, we all crave belonging. Feeling understood and integral among a wide variety of people creates connections that make our lives complete. At our core, each of us is searching for the feeling that “we are all in this together.” Acceptance and affinity are especially important in the classroom, where each student’s social-emotional … Continue reading Benefit Mindset: Transforming Students’ Attitudes of Empathy into Acts of Altruism (Edutopia featured article)
"If more people follow their superpowers-- and everyone has one-- then we're going to be better as a society" (Adam Neumann, founder of WeWork, in Time magazine, 2016). Try this inspiring, interdisciplinary culminating project that works well with students at any grade level. Since kids of all ages are obsessed with superheroes, channel their natural interests … Continue reading The Super-Ordinary Hero Project: Matching Growth Mindset with Benefit Mindset