Reflecting About the Internal Chatter: Thinking About Your Thinking


The world right now feels exhausting and unpredictable.

There are so many interrelated and complex issues that have incredibly high stakes in our day-to-day lives personally, locally, and globally.

How we behave and connect with the world in light of this depends on our outlook and our thinking. If there ever was a time to manage the talk that goes on inside your head, thinking about your thinking, this would be it!

We sometimes forget that we can be in control of our thinking. We can take notice of how stressed we feel when we are challenged by the need to learn so much more about uses of technology to be able to manage this world remotely.

Our self-talk can be negative and judgmental:

“I’m so dumb. I can’t learn this stuff. I am frustrated.”

Or, we can convert that talk to something positive:

“This is hard but I have learned hard stuff before. I need someone to help me with this. I will only focus on one tool at a time. I know how to teach.”

How are you managing all conflictive chatter that is going on inside your head — political, social, educational, personal?

This newsletter is an opportunity to take the time to reflect on not only what is happening to you but also how it affects you.

First, Art Costa shares how becoming more metacognitive can help you control your inner voice. His blog post includes the following tips:

  1. Become aware of your inner voice
  2. Focus on your thoughts
  3. Make judgements about what you hear yourself saying to yourself
  4. Silence the chatter

Read Art’s full post.

Next, we share how we are thinking and feeling about the conflictive chatter we hear around what is happening in the educational and personal world. Educators and students reflect how they manage those thoughts and experiences and the actions they have taken.

We invite you to share your own story either by:

Finally, we want to continue to acknowledge the challenges that every educator, student, and family member are facing right now and to celebrate the creative and innovative responses we are making.

Please reach out to us at or to share your thinking for future newsletters. What are some of the key issues or concerns that you would like to see featured?


Bena Kallick
Twitter: @benakallick
LinkedIn: Bena Kallick
Art Costa
Allison Zmuda
Twitter: @allison_zmuda
LinkedIn: Allison Zmuda
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