What happens after the completion of a Mind in the Making cohort is equally as important as what happens during our time together. What I find most rewarding as a Mind in the Making facilitator is seeing the impact of the training after our last session together. At the conclusion of each session, participants set goals focused on how they will take the information learned and apply it.
The “WOOP” method is the process that participants use to set their goals. It is an approach developed by Professor Gabriele Oettingen at New York University that is practical, accessible, and evidence-based in helping to discover and fulfill wishes.
Second-grade students in Mrs. Manning’s class at Glenallen Elementary School have embraced the WOOP method when it comes to setting reading goals in the classroom. Students set their goal, and then they create a plan using the WOOP method: W=WISH, O=Outcome, O=Obstacle, P=Plan.
Mrs. Manning talks with her students regularly as to how their goals are progressing and provides support and guidance as needed. She shares, “The WOOP method has motivated and empowered the students to own their goals and be active participants in their growth as learners.”
Each Mind in the Making workshop provides participants the opportunity to reflect on their own experiences and practices, learn what researchers have discovered about how children (and adults) learn best, and discuss how to apply the knowledge. This program is an excellent way to improve communication, become a better role model, and demonstrate the essential life skills so children can be ready to learn.
Mind in the Making is made possible by the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading with funding provided by The Patterson Foundation.