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Edutopia. Edutopia. When presented with new material, standards, and complicated topics, we need to be focused and calm as we approach our assignments.


We can use brain breaks and focused-attention practices to positively impact our emotional states and learning. They refocus our neural circuitry with either stimulating or quieting practices that generate increased activity in the prefrontal cortex, where problem solving and emotional regulation occur. Brain Breaks A brain break is a short period of time when we change up the dull routine of incoming information that arrives via predictable, tedious, well-worn roadways. Our brains are wired for novelty. Edutopia. Imagine a team without a coach guiding players toward working together to execute a winning strategy.


Imagine a company without a leader to make sure that employees across departments are equipped and organized to collaborate on continually improving products and increasing sales. Imagine a marching band without a drum major to lead musicians through their complicated maneuvers while staying on beat. The brain’s executive function network performs in the same capacity as a coach, CEO, or drum major: directing one’s thinking and cognitive abilities toward setting goals and planning to achieve them, establishing priorities, getting and staying organized, and focusing attention on the task at hand. Now imagine trying to perform those abilities if your brain’s executive functioning system wasn't working effectively -- no coach to develop a game plan, no CEO to help you organize your resources for accomplishing your goals, no drum major on which to maintain your learning focus.

Carol Dweck: The power of believing that you can improve. News - MBS. 19/07/2016 For a long time conventional thinking has been that intelligence is a fixed human trait; that it can’t be changed or improved on.

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Jill Klein, Professor of Marketing at Melbourne Business School, says this is an example of what it known as a “fixed mindset”. As it turns out a fixed mindset has a lot to do with whether a person is, or rather isn’t resilient. Resilience, Professor Klein says is a trait common in people who possess a growth mindset, which means that you believe that your intelligence and abilities are not fixed but rather a growth area. “Our brains are very plastic,” Professor Klein shared during her session at Alumni Reunion in June. Lost in translation – shattering neuromyths.

‘Imagine having a brain that is only 10 per cent active, that shrinks when you drink less than six to eight glasses of water a day and that increases its inter-hemispheric connectivity when you rub two invisible buttons on your chest.

Lost in translation – shattering neuromyths

For neuroscientists, such a brain is difficult – if not impossible – to contemplate, but such notions are commonly held by teachers across the world’ (Howard-Jones, 2014). Neuromyths – the misconceptions that arise from misunderstandings or misinterpretations of scientific brain research – have the potential to affect the learning outcomes of students. Research by Professor Paul Howard-Jones has sought to shatter common misunderstandings about the brain that are held in classrooms throughout the world. Results from a survey conducted with more than 900 teachers from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Turkey, Greece and China found that common neuromyths were believed to be true by a substantial number of teachers across the five countries. References. Motivated Minds - putting mindset theory into practice. In Collaboration, feedback and a growth mindset Teacher Editor Jo Earp spoke to Associate Professor Jane Mitchell and Dr Sara Murray about a project that involved academics partnering with school leaders and staff to develop feedback strategies that promote a growth mindset in students.

Motivated Minds - putting mindset theory into practice

In this follow-up reader submission, Mitchell, Murray and Jenny Allen share further details of their work, including the strategies used in the school-based project and the impact on learning outcomes. Teachers are encouraged to use the latest research in their teaching, but the translation of theory into classroom practice can be difficult. Educational psychology provides important theories, but often without any accompanying classroom strategies. Partnerships between schools and universities can bridge this gap. When teachers and researchers work together there is potential to make strong connections between theory, research and practice.

The theory of mindset The messages about effort can be subtle. Taking A New Pathway Through Your Teaching: The Wonder Of Mindset Mathematics. Edutopia. Facebook Edutopia on Facebook Twitter.


Edutopia. Edutopia. Editor's note: This post is co-authored by Marcus Conyers who, with Donna Wilson, is co-developer of the M.S. and Ed.S.


Brain-Based Teaching degree programs at Nova Southeastern University. Explicit instruction to guide students toward taking charge of their outlook on academic endeavors can lead to a more positive -- and ultimately more productive -- approach to learning. Applying metacognition to both the emotional and cognitive aspects of learning can help students steer their minds to make steady gains in developing their knowledge and skills.

In a previous post, we explored the gains that are possible when students adopt an attitude of practical optimism as they learn. Brains in Pain Cannot Learn! Educators want nothing more than for our students to feel successful and excited to learn, and to understand the importance of their education.

Brains in Pain Cannot Learn!

We want our students' attention and respect to match our own. I believe that most if not all of our students desire the same, but walking through our classroom doors are beautifully complex youth who are neurobiologically wired to feel before thinking. Carrying In Educators and students are carrying in much more than backpacks, car keys, conversations, partially-completed homework, and outward laughter. Buried deep in the brain's limbic system is an emotional switching station called the amygdala, and it is here that our human survival and emotional messages are subconsciously prioritized and learned. Over 29 percent of young people in the U.S., ages 9-17, are affected by anxiety and depression disorders (PDF). Trauma and the Brain. Education Week. Published Online: February 9, 2016 Published in Print: February 10, 2016, as I'm Tired of 'Grit' Commentary By James R.

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Edutopia. All educators care deeply about their students' motivation.


They want them to love learning, and to be resourceful and persistent in the face of learning challenges. They don't want their students to lose heart when they get stuck, make mistakes, or receive disappointing grades. In this context, the growth mindset entered the scene. Growth Mindset Made Visible. Why do some students thrive in the face of challenges, while others fall apart? One reason is because students have different beliefs about the nature of intelligence.

These beliefs serve as lenses through which students interpret their experiences in school, particularly experiences of adversity. People with a fixed mindset believe intelligence is innate. The Research Files Episode 11: Dave Paunesku on ‘growth mindset’ interventions. This month’s instalment of The Research Files looks at a study carried out by Stanford University researchers Dave Paunesku, Gregory Walton, Carissa Romero, Eric Smith and Carol Dweck, and David Yeager from the University of Texas, into online interventions aimed at instilling a ‘growth mindset’ in high school students.

The results have been recently published in the journal Psychological Science. Teacher editor Jo Earp caught up with lead author of the paper Dave Paunesku - Executive Director of the PERTS applied research centre at Stanford - to find out more. Jo Earp: Hi Dave, welcome to The Research Files. To start, can you give a brief overview of what we mean by the term ‘growth mindset’?

Dave Paunesku: Yeah that’s a great question. Edutopia. Editor's note: This post is co-authored by Marcus Conyers who, with Donna Wilson, is co-developer of the M.S. and Ed.S. Brain-Based Teaching degree programs at Nova Southeastern University. They have written several books, including Five Big Ideas for Effective Teaching: Connecting Mind, Brain, and Education Research to Classroom Practice. Can 'Grit' Save American Education? Twice a week for 30 minutes, fifth graders at KIPP Washington Heights, a charter school in New York City, attend “character class.” Each lesson is divided into three parts, according to Ian Willey, the assistant principal who teaches it. First, students find out what specific skill they’ll be focusing on that day. Grit In The Classroom Has To Be A Dialogue. Skills for Social Progress. Edutopia. Edutopia.

Edutopia. Editor's note: This post is co-authored by Marcus Conyers who, with Donna Wilson, is co-developer of the M.S. and Ed.S. Brain-Based Teaching degree programs at Nova Southeastern University. LinkedIn. 10 Teacher Resources For Motivating Students. Downside of Grit. April 6, 2014. Academic_mindsets.pdf. Educational Leadership:Health and Learning:How to Teach Students About the Brain. True Grit: The Best Measure of Success and How to Teach It.

Can you predict academic success or whether a child will graduate? IQ Doesn't Predict Success  What Differentiation Is (And Is Not) Grit In The Classroom Has To Be A Dialogue. True Grit: The Best Measure of Success and How to Teach It. Resilience and Grit: Resource Roundup. 5 Steps to Foster Grit in the Classroom. Photo credit: iStockphoto The word "grit" suggests toughness and determination. True Grit: The Best Measure of Success and How to Teach It.