Mary Martin, PhD

Mary Martin, PhD

Mary Martin, PhD has a BA in English, an MA in English, and a PhD from New York University’s School of Teaching and Learning. Mary spent several decades as a professional writer and editor, contributing to over two dozen nonfiction books in the fields of personal science and education. She worked with The Princeton Review for over a decade preparing young people and adults for standardized tests such as the PSAT, SAT, LSAT, and GMAT, and created curricula for several organizations that train adults. Fifteen years ago, she began the journey that leads her to SEA when she started training to teach mindfulness to children and adults. She is a certified Mindful Schools Instructor and a Brown University-trained teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which is the gold standard for mindfulness. Mary brings her knowledge of how we learn and how we cultivate well-being to SEA with classes in MBSR for adults as well as mindfulness classes for children. Her primary concern is helping people of all ages develop the inner resources they need to face challenging times and ordinary times. She believes healthy, reciprocal relationships begin with self-awareness, and that Emotional Intelligence is an undervalued, yet crucial skill.

October 23, 2020
12:10pm EST/9:10am PST

Growth Mindset: What It Is and What to Say and Do to Cultivate It

I’ve heard the term, and I know everyone should have one, but how do I get a growth mindset?

It sounds like it lives in the brain and it’s something that maybe I learn to do? 

I’m so glad you asked! Some people pop out of the womb or belly all curious, not afraid of making mistakes, and eager to learn. No one’s gonna tell them they can’t do something, and they greet each day with excitement. When they fail? AWESOME! That just means they’re closer to succeeding.

And then there’s the rest of us . . . Either we used to be fearless learners and now we’re not, or we were “always like this,” and whatever “this” is, it’s not good and it’s not going to change.

Fortunately, it’s 2020 (now there’s a phrase I never thought I’d write), and we now know that the human brain is capable of changing itself, and one of those changes is in mindset. We can alter our beliefs about what we are capable of.

In this session, you’ll learn about where mindset resides (and you might be surprised), and you’ll get real-life tips about what to do and say to cultivate it in yourself and your family.