The Mockingbird Methodology is a ‘how to’ instructional methodology for educators and other professionals who teach vulnerable, resistant, and reluctant learners.
The methodology is defined by its’ cognitive approach. Instructional strategies address the psychology of learning and include cognitive and behavioral strategies to help learners change destructive thinking and learning patterns that can obstruct learner success. Instead of ignoring emotion, cognition, and the role that mental psychology plays in learning, the Mockingbird Methodology uses theses elements to drive instruction. The methodology addresses all aspects of classroom learning including instruction, behavior management, lesson design, classroom culture, etc.
Our methodology, however isn’t solely defined by cognitive instruction and behavioral strategies. Our learners and the scope of their vulnerabilities are multi-faceted, and our solutions and strategies are too! We do lots of problem solving and we borrow from many different fields of research. In fact, our methodology is developed from 60 years of research in cognitive science, resiliency, sociocultural learning theory, youth development, pedagogy, andragogy, and adult education, and literacy. Additionally, the methodology is supported by recent research in identity, engagement, and motivation.
The Mockingbird Methodology is demonstrating to be an effective teaching approach for learner in adult education, alternative education, informal education, and k-12 school settings where learners have serious academic, behavior, and social challenges.