The Mockingbird Methodology is a Cognitive Behavioral Learning Approach that Reengages Vulnerable Learners.
Our nationally and internationally recognized approach exclusively serves those who teach the most vulnerable learners. From adult education, alternative education, and correctional systems within the United States, to gang prevention programs in Central America, to employment programs in economically disadvantaged regions of Africa, Mockingbird's Methodology is integrated into the most demanding and difficult learning contexts.
Methodology instructional strategies address learner receptivity and motivation, learner attention, and learner engagement. Additionally, the Mockingbird Methodology provides specific and general cognitive content strategies for ‘difficult to teach content’ such as reading, critical thinking, and developing conceptual knowledge.
The Mockingbird Methodology actively engages learner’s behaviors, emotions, and thoughts in learning. The Methodology is designed for high school equivalence academic curriculum such as the GED, but can be modified for vocational education, counseling, cognitive behavior therapy, and other curricula that serve vulnerable learners. The Mockingbird Methodology is designed to be integrated into a program, district, or classroom’s existing curriculum and instructional approach. The Mockingbird principles are grounded in over 60 years of research in the areas of cognitive science, resiliency, sociocultural learning theory, youth development, pedagogy, and adult education and literacy. Additionally, the methodology aligns with psychological research on identity, motivation, and engagement.
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Integrate methodology strategies into existing teaching and learning practices or use the methodology to develop curriculum and instruction within your classroom or program.
The Mockingbird Methodology includes strategies for managing social dynamics, managing differentiated learning needs, and creating an overt and empowering classroom culture that celebrates and recognizes learner differences. Methodology instruction teaches educators how to infuse content skills with learner self-regulation and self management skills to help learners take control of their learning process. Additionally the Mockingbird Methodology includes facilitation strategies that address subculture dynamics and oppression/ power dynamics.