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Friends Exercise: A Step Toward Discovering Your Why. Chart: How To Be A Bad Boss In Seven Simple Steps. Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives. By Maria Popova “If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve,” Debbie Millman counseled in one of the best commencement speeches ever given, urging: “Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities…” Far from Pollyanna platitude, this advice actually reflects what modern psychology knows about how belief systems about our own abilities and potential fuel our behavior and predict our success.

Much of that understanding stems from the work of Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, synthesized in her remarkably insightful Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (public library) — an inquiry into the power of our beliefs, both conscious and unconscious, and how changing even the simplest of them can have profound impact on nearly every aspect of our lives. One of the most basic beliefs we carry about ourselves, Dweck found in her research, has to do with how we view and inhabit what we consider to be our personality. Starting From Scratch: A Public School Built on Dreams of Students and Parents.

Getty District public schools have a bad reputation for being static and slow to change. But a public school district near San Diego is proving that collaboration between motivated teachers, engaged parents ready for a change and progressive leaders can lead to a dramatically different way of approaching public education. Poway Unified School District’s student population is steadily growing as families move into new housing developments popping up nearby. The boom has created a unique opportunity for the district to open a school showcasing innovative thinking and practice. “We thought, this gives us a chance to open a school where people can select,” said John Collins, superintendent of Poway Unified School District.

“It will be nobody’s home school; it will be a school people can apply to.” “The really unique thing about the school is the fact that it really involved parents, asking them to help design what the school would be like,” Collins said. Rendering of Design 39 Campus/PUSD. Designing Professional Learning. The Designing Professional Learning report provides a snapshot of the key elements involved in creating effective and engaging professional learning in a globally dispersed market. Whether you are developing professional learning from scratch, enhancing an existing program or evaluating professional learning for yourself or others, the Designing Professional Learning report provides detailed guidance on how to configure and/or evaluate your own context-specific model/s. Following analysis of a broad range of professional learning activities, a Learning Design Anatomy was developed to provide a framework for understanding the elements of effective professional learning.

Each learning design element is framed by a detailed series of questions that challenge users to refine and clarify aims, intended learning outcomes and the most effective ways in which to engage—taking into consideration the unique context for learning. Designing Professional Learning report 778KB PDF International Partners. EDge -15 Things Every Teacher Needs from a Principal. Interview: Elizabeth Green, Author Of 'Building A Better Teacher' Teacher effectiveness is a hot topic in education circles right now. How do you measure it, and how can you improve it? What type of teachers should schools keep, and who should they let go? Elizabeth Green says that it's not, as some people assume, a question of personality or charisma. Great teachers are not born, they're made, she says — and there's much more to teaching than being "good" or "bad" at it.

Her book, Building a Better Teacher, explores teaching as a craft and shows just how complicated that craft can be. Green studied teaching methods in both American and Japanese classrooms over the span of six years. Interview Highlights On teaching math in the United States versus in Japan One of the differences is the number of problems in a single class period. On the importance of mentorship Another thing that holds our country back is that we have this culture of privacy around teaching. Elizabeth Green is the cofounder of Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news site that covers education. Intrinsic Motivation for the Classroom.