Posts Tagged Antonio Demasio

Discipline and a Repair Room

The idea of using a repair room for discipline challenges was sent to me by Cathy Rogers, a National Board Certified Teacher in Verona, Kentucky. 


I began using the Raise Responsibility System in my classroom of 7 and 8-year-olds.

After learning the different levels, the students and I discussed that our class, when working in levels C and D, was a “learning machine.”  When someone was behaving on level A or  level B, our learning machine became like a bicycle with a broken piece; the piece needed to be fixed, and the machine could not work correctly until that was done. 

We need everyone’s contributions to be a whole. We decided to call our area of the room … >>>


Descartes’ Error

I think; therefore, I am.

“I think; therefore, I am” is perhaps the most famous statement in the history of philosophy. The statement by Rene Descartes, first written in 1637, still has a significant influence on our thinking in the 21st century.

The statement is the foundation of Cartesian dualism that separates the brain from the body. In his book, Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain, Antonio Damasio challenges Descartes’ pronouncement.

Damasio, a Portugese-born M.D. and Ph.D., former head of the department of neurology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, adjunct professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, and currently at the University of Southern California (USC) is the recipient of

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