Self-Compassion, Growth Mindset, and the Benefits of Failure Source: Romolo Tavani/Shutterstock Two different psychological studies were published today that illuminate the importance of various age students practicing self-compassion and adopting a "growth mindset" (a term coined by Carol Dweck of Stanford University) marked by a self-belief that your intelligence is malleable and never set in stone. The first study, from the University of British Columbia, "Don't be so hard on yourself! Educational Leadership:Questioning for Learning:Five Strategies for Questioning with Intention Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick "You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions." —Naguib Mahfouz, winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature One of a teacher's most important practices is designing and posing questions.
Finding It for Free By Meredith Scaggs Found in: Advice & Support It came from catastrophe. In 2008, the Cedar River overflowed, flooding 10 square miles of the city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Amid the ensuing damage, many schools found themselves short on classroom supplies and without the funds to replace them. Upper Elementary Snapshots: Rethinking the Rough Draft: A Simple Strategy that Leads to Better Revising Of all the stages of the writing process, doesn't it feel like revising often gets the short end of the stick? One of the obstacles that always seems to be in the way is the simple logistics of where to do it. Students write their rough drafts in their composition notebooks, filling the lines, front and back, eventually "finishing," and we move them into the revising stage. Okay, make it better, we say.
Mindsets vs Metacognition. Two EEF reports and a clear conclusion. At ResearchEd in Cape Town I presented a workshop exploring two relatively recent reports from the Education Endowment Foundation – the 2018 guidance report Metacognition and Self-regulated Learning, and the 2019 report Changing Mindsets: Effectiveness Trial. Essentially, my argument is that these papers support the view – one that makes sense to me – that schools are better off investing time and energy in adopting strategies that develop metacognition than those focused on growth mindset interventions. I’ve made this case via different posts including the following:
Express 10.07 - Field Notes: Three Ways I Changed What My Grades Say Field Notes Three Ways I Changed What My Grades Say Nancy DeRego "I got a 3 out of 5 on that journal assignment. I'm no good at this." How many times have you heard a student use grades as a measure of their self-worth? My Beginning of the Year Parent Questionnaire Two of my three kids; and that’s who this is all about Yesterday I shared my student questionnaire so I find it only apt to share my parent questionnaire as well. While there are so many things I wanted to ask my parents, I wanted to keep it short and to the point. As always, feel free to make a copy and make it your own. Here is a link to the actual form
edutopia A while ago, I wrote a post called Doing It Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary which spells out (get it?) the process and rationale for selecting certain vocabulary words and also describes six steps for teaching new words. Here, I'm going to add to that earlier musing on this topic by offering up some must dos that took me a few years down the teaching road to figure out. How Microsoft Uses a Growth Mindset to Develop Leaders Research shows that managers see far more leadership potential in their employees when their companies adopt a growth mindset — the belief that talent should be developed in everyone, not viewed as a fixed, innate gift that some have and others don’t. But what are those organizations doing to nurture their talent? To explore this question, let’s look at Microsoft, which is deliberately creating a growth-mindset culture and, in that context, rethinking its approach to development. As a result, previously unidentified — yet skilled — leaders are rising to levels they might not have in a traditional development model. The CEO is generally the bellwether of a company’s culture, and under Satya Nadella’s leadership, Microsoft is emphasizing learning and creativity.
Educational Leadership:Getting Students to Mastery:The Value of a Pointless Education Jay C. Percell I decided to restructure my classes to foster authentic mastery learning and increase my students' intrinsic motivation, as opposed to simply having them accumulate points to get a grade. Visible Thinking Purpose and Goals Visible Thinking is a flexible and systematic research-based approach to integrating the development of students' thinking with content learning across subject matters. An extensive and adaptable collection of practices, Visible Thinking has a double goal: on the one hand, to cultivate students' thinking skills and dispositions, and, on the other, to deepen content learning. By thinking dispositions, we mean curiosity, concern for truth and understanding, a creative mindset, not just being skilled but also alert to thinking and learning opportunities and eager to take them
Teaching Character Traits in Reader's Workshop The Common Core State Standards in 3rd grade fictional literature calls for students to identify and describe characters’ actions, thoughts, and motivations, which is no small task for an 8-year-old who is just beginning to read longer text. This week, I will share with you how understanding and making inferences about character traits improves my students’ inferencing skills and comprehension. Next week, in part two, I’ll share how my students are incorporating character traits to improve their writing. Introducing Character Traits 11+ Mindset Activities and Tests Designed to Nurture Growth How do you deal with failure? Do you struggle with setbacks, or get upset about losing? With the right mindset, it may be possible to handle challenges better and pursue success without getting down on yourself.
Express 9.15 - Supporting Effort by Pairing Rubrics with Checklists Supporting Effort by Pairing Rubrics with Checklists Cynthia Kube In my position as a gifted resource teacher, I often see students struggle with the planning required for a challenging task.