Dr Meribeth Review – The Power Of Mindful Learning
The Power of Mindful Learning is one of the books I include on the CoreSinging reading list for certified teachers. Her work has led the way to some of the changes we are beginning to see in education today. It is also applicable to the teaching of singing—where we are still behind in how we teach. There are still too many “gurus” out there who insist there is only one way to do something—their way. We have so many options and possibilities available to teachers and students.
Students can only begin to take responsibility for their own learning when they know there are options. Langer writes: “The belief in a single right answer rests on a view of intelligence that emphasizes outcomes and expert authority…The capacity to achieve an outcome is different from the ability to explore the world and understand experience…” She goes on to discuss the difference between concepts of mindfulness and intelligence. I love this quote as well: “Mindful decision making, as opposed to decision making passively based on data assembled by outside observers, is a process of active self-definition”.
The more balance approach to teaching and learning involves understanding and knowing the data or the science and really testing it for yourself and then finding your own way to apply it. How much of what you teach is really yours??
Book: The Power of Mindful Learning
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Da Capo Press Inc; New Ed edition (24 Feb 1998)
Author: Ellen Langer