Using the Naked Mind to Teach The Perplexed

Using the Naked Mind to Teach The Perplexed

Using the Naked Mind to Teach The Perplexed

Using the Naked Mind to Teach The Perplexed

By Marianne Maley

Plumbing is a crafty, hands-on topic, but should not be used as a snap-and-go discipline — your teens will learn the most by laying out a slow, step-by-step program. They can also learn about teens and how to help them through the challenging process of learning, and – especially as they get older – help them in their career choices.

The main reason today’s teens shouldn’t act as though plumbing — or anything, for that matter — is simply a make-work, social-media-preferred excuse for being couch-potato is because plumbing, more than anything else, is about organizing parts of the human brain that get tinkered with day in and day out.

Here are the mind games Plumbing PIs encounter, and what to do about them:

Naked. The Teen Brain Opens Up

Everyone has been curious about the “Big Bang” theory of the universe, and how Einstein’s background in math makes his studies highly relevant to plumbing. While science can be a source of inspiration, mathematics has something that maybe math teachers (and students) need, too — the raw power to help out at the lab. A plumbing internship is perfect for teens who understand some mathematics, and if you’re talking about sinks, tubs, grout guns, and faucets — that math background is crucial. But if a student’s head doesn’t work as an almanac to world plumbing, forget trigonometry, geometry, and trigonometry, and just go with the intuitive, intuitive stuff.

Helping the Student With A Math Habit

Teaching one’s teen has become a tough business in America’s schools, and there is nothing like a good math student to move your peeved former teacher over to teaching along side you — even though you might not be competent in math because you had to quit school at 14 to work at Kohl’s. Mathematics is a great way to teach your teen — they can learn by understanding, by doing, and by doing a lot. Saying you’re going to teach them science sounds great, but turning into a science teacher when you get home from your plumbing course in elementary school never works out well in practice because figuring out an equation is just one thing: understanding how your student took the equation and put it together into reality is a completely different skill. Still, you should have a routine and know the right questions to ask in your classroom and think in terms of scaffolding your math progressions (and your students). For example, if the student has a fever that’s unpredictable and friends are talking about anti-viral shingles pills or vitamin C, let them know that you’re there, but let them know they have to work on something of their own to quell the fever, because you’re going to send them home. It will both help build their confidence in being able to handle something unexpected on their own (which will be a wonderful future employer benefit), and will establish that the student has mastered a future employer skill.

It Will Be Improbable

You’ll tell the student that the number 16 inches will be the hardest part of their experiment to figure out, even though they said it would be easier. They’ll do the experiment anyway. Let them fail. As much as a teenager might want to get a houseful of ready-made results, they really need experience. Instead of asking about concrete results — like, “Can the water in the tub go down two feet?” (of course it can, yes, it will work) — ask them about something that’s about to occur. Ask them if they’re ready to try to raise the drain valve to six inches, because they are. Offer to have them sit next to it when it’s raised, because they are. Asking “What’s the most difficult part of fixing a toilet?” is unnecessary and possibly offensive. Instead, ask, “Can the toilet go up or down two inches?” since you know they will say “upside down.” Then say, “Then what would you do?” “Plug it up and start again.” That gives you an idea what you’re doing, and they have something else to do that night.

Marianne Maley, MS, CPPA, CSC, joins MindShift Health as a PIs and Waterway certified Water Lifesavers through the Greater Baltimore Chapter. For more about MindShift Health, visit: http://www.mindshifthealth…..

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