This article comes from an interview with Dr Robert Brooks who reflects on his experiences as the principal of a school in a locked-door unit of the the McLean Psychiatric Hospital. Dr. Brooks, now a psychologist at the Harvard Medical School, reflects on the importance of mindset in building qualities such as motivation, resilience, compassion, and caring in students.Source:
Katrina Schwartz, Dr. Robert Brooks Interview, Mind/Shift, KQED News, November 14, 2016Description:
“We have to start with the assumption that everything you do in the classroom can have a major impact on a child’s life, not only in the classroom but later, too,” Brooks said. He stressed that teachers can have meaningful impact with even small gestures of kindness, dignity and respect for students. Greeting students by name at the door and smiling are two easy things that students themselves identified as making a big difference in creating a welcoming environment. Spending a little time getting to know kids individually also goes a long way.Read the full article here!