Growth Mindset: A Driving Philosophy, Not Just a Tool Picture a high school ELA honors class full of amazing kids who came up through the grades without any struggling, kids who thrive in schools that believe these students would do just fine. It was a class of mine, students who felt initially uncomfortable but were ultimately able to come together and study Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, a novel that presented content and literacy challenges the students weren't used to. How about my son, who entered first grade last year as five-year-old, not because I'm a crazy, achievement-driven parent, but because we had just moved from New York to Massachusetts, which define cutoff ages differently? We thought to put him in with his age group, but the district saw that he'd do better in first grade (he actually tested past second), and his new teacher ran her literacy program using flexible grouping so that all the kids could continually excel as was appropriate. These are just examples, but what do they have in common? The need to grow.
Does Your Child Have a Growth Mindset? - Jenni and Jody This week on POP Parenting Radio, we kicked off a new series on helping kids develop healthy habits with a look at creating healthy habits for the mind. Over the past year or so, Jody and I have been super interested in studying habits. I guess it started when we read the book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg. So much of what we do in life is driven by habit — and that can be both good and bad. So for the month of July, we are talking about helping kids develop good habits. Becoming a growth mindset school The idea of becoming a growth mindset school has been over a year in the making. Our Headteacher bought each member of SLT a copy of Mindset for Christmas, and it was the main agenda item at our annual senior team conference. Today I launched the idea of becoming a growth mindset school to all staff at our INSET day. This is the basis of the presentation I did.
6 ways to teach growth mindset from day one of school Imagine if your new class this fall was full of students who would: Be willing to try new thingsStick with hard tasks and not give upPush themselves to do their best work, not just what’s “good enough”Believe in themselves and their own ability to learn Here’s the great news–these are traits that we can help develop in our students by teaching them about how their brains work. Many students enter our classrooms believing they’re either smart or not smart, good at reading or math, or not good in those areas. Free Webinars for Educators Register for Live Webinars Sign up for one of our FREE online webinars or watch one of our pre-recorded sessions on the brain and learning. Discover a variety of topics, including the latest research and findings on autism, why some students have problems reading, insights into techniques for English language learners, and much more!
Positive Psychology Resources, Happiness, Tips and Techniques Eight Steps Towards a More Satisfying Life Sonja Lyubomirsky, University of California. This is more of a ?summary? TTT which brings together a number of different stands from this famous psychologist?s research. growth mindset I am a huge proponent of using hands-on, interactive learning activities to explore ill-defined problems as a way of teaching for all age groups. Given the spontaneity and uncertainty of these types of active learning environments, I believe educators should observe, reflect on, and analyze how learners interact with the materials, the content, the educator, and the other learners. This practice is in line with the teacher as ethnographer. In my role as a teacher as ethnographer, I made some initial observations during my first two weeks of teaching maker education for elementary age students. With half the kids under 7, I learned a bunch about young makers. Young makers are more capable than what people typically believe.Young makers need to be given more time, resources, strategies to learn how to solve more ambiguous and ill-defined problems (i.e., ones that don’t have THE correct answer).
Developing a growth mindset in the classroom This article first appeared in Sec Ed magazine in April 2014. To read the original, click here. To read more of my monthly columns for Sec Ed, click here. To read more articles about the growth mindset, click here. Visit my blog | Browse my books | Follow me on Twitter | Like me on Facebook | Connect with me on LinkedIn | Download more posters | FOCUSING ON WHAT MATTERS: FOUR FACTS AND STRATEGIES FROM ERIC JENSEN Conference News Online – 2013 By Adam Drummond “When teachers focus on what matters most, good things happen,” says Eric Jensen. So, what matters most? Jensen explored that in his plenary session, “Teaching With Poverty in Mind.”
Positive Psychology Resources, Happiness, Tips and Techniques 3 Blessings Exercise Our brain tends to ignore what goes well and it focuses by default on what might go wrong. Martin Seligman and others have devised and used a simple technique to address this, called the three blessings exercise. 10 TED Talks Every Art Teacher Should Watch - The Art of Ed Hopefully, when I tell you I have been watching Ted Talks non-stop for a month, you know I am talking about the short, inspiring videos and not the rude, crude talking bear. TED Talks started back in 1984 when a conference was held for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. Speakers were challenged to present powerful speeches in under 18 minutes. Since then, it has grown into a national movement with one mission– to spread ideas. My first TED talk happened to be by Matt Cutts with his challenge to do something new for 30 days. It was only 3 minutes and 27 seconds long, but it had me hooked on the idea of watching a new TED talk every day for a month.
Brain Based Learning and Brain Based Teaching Articles From Jensen Learning Why 8.5% is a Great, Gutsy, and Gaudy Goal. Most people think a BIG goal is to improve XYZ in their life by 20% or even 50%. Today, you will read how your 8.5% goal can change everything else in your life for the better this year. Getting Started In short, the 8.5% times 12 months will multiply into something better than you ever imagined (+100%). We are going to focus this year on just one thing. Learned Optimism Learned Optimism By Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D. Optimism – reacting to setbacks from a presumption of personal power Bad events are temporary setbacks Isolated to particular circumstances Can be overcome by my effort and abilities Pessimism - reacting to setbacks from a presumption of personal helplessness:
Butterfly effect: Schools embrace gratitude Living gratitude: St Brigid’s Marrickville Family Educator Paige Bullen, Parish Priest Father John Pearce, Principal Lynnette Sandford and students with butterflies from the Gratitude Project. Photo: Kitty Beale With butterflies and flowers as its symbols, the Gratitude Project has taken flight at Sydney Catholic primary schools and is growing an attitude of thankfulness in playground and parish each day. The program has roots in positive psychology and scripture, drawing on the parable of the ten lepers (only one thanked Jesus after he was healed) and the research of academics including Dr Christine Carter.