Building Community with the Habits of Mind
“Who are the people in your neighborhood, in your neighborhood, in your neighborhood, oh who are the people in your neighborhood, the people that you meet each day.” – Sesame Street, “People in your Neighborhood”
Oh yes, Sesame Street, one of the most influential and powerful educational shows of our time. To this day, it teaches many lessons, from effective storytelling, to listening to Big Bird sing about the alphabet. Even behaviors are modeled and taught through the use of characters. For instance, Cookie Monster, a big blue monster with a voracious appetite for cookies who struggled with paying attention and controlling impulses. Cookie Monster’s behavioral outburst was a way to catch children’s attention, and let them see that struggling with an issue is normal, and can be overcome. The lessons are endless, and can be applied to all walks of life. But what is it about that big yellow bird, silly blue monster, and those other outlandish enthusiastic characters that can capture an audience, and engage youngsters day after day? The answer……….COMMUNITY!