Principal’s Corner: Habits of Mind: Gathering Data for All Senses

Dear Lawrence Families,

Important Dates:
April 25 – 7:00-8:00 PM – PTO Meeting – Library
April 26 – 12:40 – Dismissal for K-6 for conferences – Thank you for arranging pick up at 12:40.
April 27 – 8:05 – 9:00 AM – Principal Forum – Deb Caruso will be presenting on the Zones of Regulation Work she is doing with our staff and students. Please plan on attending!
April 27 – 2:30-7:00 PM – Evening Conferences
April 28 – 6:00-8:00 PM – International Night!
May 2 – 8:05 AM School Council Meeting – Library
May 2 – 12:40 PM – Dismissal for K-6 for conferences – Thank you for arranging pick up at 12:40.
May 4 – 6:30 PM – Lawrence Parent/Educator Forum – Library
May 5 – PTO – Staff Appreciation Lunch

Zones of Regulation – April 27 – 8:00 AM – Library
Lawrence OT Deb Caruso will present her work on the Zones of Regulation and how the ZofR help students in the classroom and in their ability to self-regulate their behavior. All our welcome to attend!

Students Not Returning to Lawrence for 2017-2018
If you child is not returning to Lawrence next year all families must complete an official withdrawal form and return it to the office. 8th graders not attending Brookline HS should complete a withdrawal form.

June 23 – Last Day of School
Please make note that due to our 4 snow days this year the last day of school will be June 23. Hopefully we will not need to move the last day to June 26 in case of another snow day.

Habits of Mind (HOM)

What is it? – Allowing information into our brains from many senses and not just one or two.

Sounds like – “I connected that to a color or smell.” That image helps me to…..” “ I can understand that better if I use my senses to….” “That smell reminds me of….” The picture I have in my brain is….”

Looks like – Touching, Observing, Listening, Feeling, Tasting, Smelling

Feels like – I can understand this better because I used my senses to explore it further.

Intelligent people know that all information goes into the brain through sensory pathways: gustatory, olfactory, tactile, kinesthetic, auditory and visual. Most linguistic, cultural, and physical learning is derived from the environment by observing or taking it in through the senses. To know a dance it must be moved, to know a role it must be acted, to know a goal it must be envisioned. Those whose sensory pathways are open, alert, and acute will absorb more information from the environment than those who do not realize how to use their senses fully. We are learning more and more about the impact of art and music on improved mental functioning. Forming mental images is essential in mathematics and engineering. Other fields use a variety of senses to improve their work. Some students do not fully become aware of how to use their senses to gather data. These students benefit from learning about gathering data from all senses and in turn experience and enjoy life in a new way.

“Observe perpetually”. Henry James

Information on Habits of Mind are taken from the book Habits of Mind by Costa and Kallick.

Sincerely, Warren Blair

:Listen to your brain, it has lots of information.” Chelsea, Age 7

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