Mockingbird Methodology

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Meet the Mockingbird Methodology

The Mockingbird Methodology is comprised of research-based strategies and best practices designed to create SAFE, JOYFUL, ACTIVE, and ENGAGING classrooms for students and effective facilitation practices for educators. 

The research-based approach focuses on the LEARNER EXPERIENCE and is a collection of strategies organized into 4 categories.

Strategies to Make Learning



Psychologically Safe

Socially Non-Threatening

The Mockingbird Methodology is a responsive instructional approach to teaching. In a responsive approach, teachers strive to understand how vulnerabilities (ex:  trauma, chronic stress, substance abuse, mental illness, academic gaps, neglect, etc.) impact student learning and  work to create lessons and student learning experiences that are visible, active, psychologically safe, and socially non-threatening.   


Based in over 70 years of research, the methodology was developed as a way to prepare teachers and counselors for teaching in programs that blend academic content instruction with social services (such as workforce development, counseling, or life skills development).   The Mockingbird Methodology provides a shared educational framework and teaching language for staff who work in such programs.  


Make LEARNING Easier

Improve Attendance, Motivation, and Outcomes

Our instructional approach is appropriate for ALL Learners

The methodology recognizes learning as a cognitive, emotional, psychological, and social process and trains practitioners on how to use biopsychosocial instructional tools and strategies to teach more holistically.  In the methodology, teachers function less as content lecturers and more as facilitators blending the roles of mentor, mediator, and cognitive coach into one responsive role. 


Our instructional approach  combines strategies from different areas including psychology, education, sociology, performance, curriculum, and cognition.


This approach make learning easier,  content more accessible, and learning more enjoyable.  A biopsychosocial response to learning is holistic and as such, has universal application.  Any educator can use such strategies to keep their learners attentive, engaged, motivated, and productive. 

But we have a soft spot for the Vulnerable Learner

You know the learners…the ones who are trying to attend class while they manage the volatilities and instabilities of their lives.   We define a vulnerable learner as a student who is OVERWHELMED, a learner who is STRUGGLING with school and life.  Vulnerable learners often struggle with…


Improve Instructional Consistency, Improve Student Performance

The Mockingbird Methodology consists of different strategies  (academic, behavior, mindset, community, etc.) that when used collectively have an increased impact on student performance.  The methodology doesn’t silo behavior management from content strategies or engagement strategies from strategies that help learners with motivation.  The methodology is a holistic approach.  Motivation strategies are integrated WITH engagement strategies.  Behavioral management strategies are integrated WITH content teaching strategies.  The results?  Increases in student performance including mindset, motivation, and student outcomes.   

Make Staff Development EASIER

Develop Instructional mastery and Implement with Confidence

Mockingbird Methodology strategies have universal classroom application. As staff development facilitators, we too use the strategies.  When you attend a training, expect the methodology to come to life as your facilitator will be a teaching example of the approach and the strategies.  We don’t just talk the talk, we walk the walk! 

Additionally, the Methodology strategically organizes strategies into groups to make implementation easier and more effective.  Each group of strategies is organized into  a discreet wheel.   A teacher develops mastery by practicing and mastering the strategies within each wheel.  

Sample of Methodology Strategy Wheels

Engage EVIDENCE-BASED Strategies

Evidence-based practices in education are strategies and tools that are backed by RIGOROUS, HIGH-STANDARD RESEARCH, replicated with positive outcomes and backed by their effects of student outcomes. When teachers use evidence-based practices with fidelity, they can be confident their teaching is likely to support student learning and achievement of standards (such as CCRS).

The Mockingbird Methodology is comprised of  a collection of evidence-based teaching strategies.  Such strategies include (but are not limited to): 

Make Staff Development EASIER

Develop Instructional mastery and Implement with Confidence

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