Meet the Mockingbird Methodology


The Mockingbird Methodology targets the needs of Vulnerable Learners and is demonstrating to be effective in adult, alternative, informal, correctional, and K-12 education.


What is the Mockingbird Methodology?

The Mockingbird Methodology blends the ‘therapeutic’ elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy into classroom instruction. We call the approach Cognitive Behavioral Instruction (CBI). In CBI, students learn academic content while also learning how to regulate and manage thinking, emotion, and behavior to overcome challenges that interfere with learning success.


Is Cognitive Behavioral Instruction the same as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
No.  The Mockingbird Methodology is a cognitive-based instructional methodology.  It is not Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  It is an interdisciplinary collection of instructional strategies integrated with the same strategies that make Cognitive Behavioral Therapy effective.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Instruction both address  thinking, emotional, and behavioral challenges but Cognitive Behavioral Instruction concentrates on transforming thoughts, feelings, and emotions associated with learning.

How Does the Methodology Help Vulnerable Learners?
Vulnerable Learners have a history of academic struggle and failure, and as a result, do not view themselves as competent and successful Learners. Research indicates that this mindset negatively impacts instruction and Learner outcomes (Dweck, 2006). Effective instruction for Vulnerable Learners must not only teach content, it must also challenge the self-defeating identities that Vulnerable Learners have developed in previous learning experiences. In CBI, Learners restructure destructive learning patterns and develop positive and empowering learning identities while learning core content.

What Makes the Methodology Unique?
The purpose of the Methodology is to transform negative patterns of thinking and behavior and therefore change Learner’s attitudes about their learning. Research indicates that this change in mindset can have dramatic and positive effects on Learners’ achievements and outcomes (Dweck, 2006).
The Methodology doesn’t ignore emotion, motivation, or social dynamics.  Instead, it recognizes that instruction can and should be transformed to accommodate learner mindset.  Also, Methodology strategies address attention, motivation, trust, power, and receptivity struggles that commonly challenge Vulnerable Learners.
Works cited:
  1. Dweck, C.S. (2006b). Mindset: The new psychology of success. New York: Ballantine Books.


60 Years of Research

Mockingbird Methodology is supported with 60 years of research.

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Methodology and CBT

Methodology and CBT

Methodology is not CBT,  but there is a connection.


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