HighSchoolFlow – learning to concentrate
Hobbies, going to work and studying are all time-consuming in the life of a young person. HighSchoolFlow aims to create tools to manage the hectic life of a high school students by developing thinking skills.
What are the goals you are looking to achieve in this experiment?
The goal of the experiment is to enhance student wellbeing and learning. The student will learn to manage being overloaded and learn ways to bounce back. In addition, students will learn to manage their time, handle stress or changes and process disturbing thoughts or feelings. Self-regulation is an important asset in the future workforce so it’s key for students to learn these skills early on. Learning results can also be improved with mental exercises and self-awareness.
The experiment aims to make the learning of thinking skills habitual so that the student will be capable of taking different perspectives into account when dealing with different situations. Thinking skills can also enhance creativity and innovativeness. This experiment also aims to support those with attention deficiency or other issues that may affect their learning. Mindfulness is an important tool in concentration.
What are the concrete steps of your experiment?
Edward de Bono’s CoRT 1 tools will be introduced to students.
A mindfulness group will meet with a trained mentor - the trained teacher will be responsible for mentoring the students psychologically and of the meditation and yoga sessions. We will also involve high school teachers to learn the techniques for further use in improving the test results of students.
The thinking skills will be exercised in practice: students will be using the tools provided in different circumstances independently and reflecting on their experience.
Teachers will be introduced to the CoRT 4 tools to teach to high school students.
The students involved in the HighSchoolFlow experiment will become mentors themselves and be able to teach mindfulness and thinking skills to lower grades. Teachers will be using the methods in class to support the learning of the students.
How will the experiment proceed in the spring of 2017?
We will be testing how the thinking skills evolve throughout the spring in different situations. To support the process we will be arranging mindfulness training that teachers will also take part in. Students will be utilizing the skills they’ve learned in different projects and assessing the tools they have used in the process. Teachers will use mindfulness as part of their teaching to improve student concentration. During the Spring high school students will be visiting lower grades to mentor the younger students on learning the skills they’ve acquired.
How will this experiment change the way we educate?
The experiment will be developing a new approach to improving wellbeing and cognitive skills in high schools. Developing self-awareness is more important than ever for young people in a time where they spend hours on mobile devices, and endure a huge amount of pressure.
As the student acquires thinking skills, time management becomes more effective. This can be seen in problem-solving - the answers are more analyzed and rationalized and the student becomes more creative and innovative. All the skills mentioned are important in the future workforce and in entrepreneurship.
Potential partnerships / schools:
Hämeenlinna city basic education, Hämeenlinna comprehensive school Tuomela unit
Nastja Mulej, Slovenia (CoRT-instructor)
Mietin, Marja-Liisa Kekki
School(s): Hämeenlinnan lyseon lukio
Contact person: Pieta Tukkimäki-Hildén
Contact email: email@example.com