How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others (and Start Empowering Yourself) “Comparison is the death of joy.”Mark Twain “When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.”Lao Tzu One of the most common and destructive daily habit is to constantly compare your life and yourself to other people and their lives. You compare cars, houses, jobs, shoes, money, relationships, social popularity and so on. And at the end of the day you pummel your self-esteem to the ground and you create a lot of negative feelings within. So what can you do? Well, today I’d like to share 3 steps that have helped me to move away from this – it does take some time though so be patient with yourself – and towards a healthier outlook and view of myself and life. Step 1: Just realize that you can’t win if you compare yourself to others. Just consciously realizing this is helpful. No matter what you do you can pretty much always find someone else in the world that has more than you or are better than you at something. You are OK and so are they.
A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers: Learning Models Learning Models, Theories, and Technology: A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers by Terry Heick and TeachThought Staff Purpose: Improving our chance for a common language in discussing existing and emerging learning trends, model, and technology in hopes of innovation in classrooms, and collectively, education at large. Audience: K-12 & higher ed educators, researchers, institutions, and organizations globally. Form: An index of learning models, theories, forms, terminology, technology, and research to help you keep up with the latest trends in 21st century learning. Revisions: Persistently updated. Ed note: As stated, this is an ambitious work in progress that we’re choosing to share as we proof, revise, iterate, and generally improve for wider dissemination. Ed note 2: If you’d like to help update and improve this page, and have the background, curiosity, and/or expertise to contribute, email me. A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers: Learning Models & Technology Activity-Based Learning
10 Blogs Every Remote Worker Should Follow I know every remote worker has “one of those days,” where he or she feels a little less motivated than usual. When I’m dragging my feet, I like to turn to well-written, inspirational blogs to motivate me and give me productivity tips so I can start cranking out tasks. For when you’re having a low point in your day, turn to some inspirational and motivational reading for a pick-me-up. I’d thought I’d share some great blogs that I like to turn to. I love them all because there’s always something new that I learn and I walk away feeling refreshed and inspired. Check them out: 1. Lifehacker is amazing! How to Stay Motivated and Avoid Slacking Off While Working From Home Finally, a Proper Study to Scientifically Show Telecommuting is More Productive 2. Inc. is a great site to find ideas and inspiration to start and grow a small business. 7 Things Highly Productive People Do Do This in the Morning and Be More Productive All Day 3. How Naps Affect Your Brain and Why You Should Have One Every Day 4.
8 Life-Changing Lessons on How to Be Happy What makes us happy? Thirteen happiness experts, including psychologists, researchers, monks, and the inimitable Malcolm Gladwell, try to shed light on this surprisingly difficult question in a series of TED Talks about happiness. Over and over, the same two themes emerge. How can we make this happen? 1. In a fascinating bit of product history, Gladwell recounts how the food industry discovered to its astonishment that some people like chunky tomato sauce. 2. Or at least, keep chasing them but don't expect them to make you substantially happier than you are right now. 3. If you love your work, you're good at it, and you've been doing it for a while, you probably have experienced "flow," that state where you get so lost in what you're doing that you forget yourself and everything else. 4. Connecting with other people and feeling part of something larger than ourselves takes us a long way toward happiness. 5. 6. 7. 8.
The Challenges of Digital Leadership As founding director of CASTLE (the Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education), the nation’s only university center dedicated to the technology needs of school leaders, I have had the good fortune to work with administrators all over the world on digital leadership issues. Because digital devices and online environments can simultaneously be transformatively empowering and maddeningly disruptive, the work of integrating digital learning tools into schools is usually difficult and complex. Common challenges arise, however, and can be thoughtfully addressed by proactive leadership. Vision By far the most prevalent issue I see in schools struggling with their technology integration and implementation is the lack of a collective vision for how digital learning tools will be used to enhance learning. The most successful schools that I see have rich, robust visions for how digital technologies will transform learning and empower students. Fear Control Support
How Do I Become an Influencer? | Adobe The goal of becoming an influencer is often hard to define. How do you know if you have achieved the status of an influencer? After all, what is an influencer? Our Case-in-Point Have you seen the movie Julie & Julia? The Beginning Influencer… So, what has happened so far? At this point, Julie laid the groundwork for long-term success by: Sharing her secrets. The Intermediate Influencer… In addition to learning how best to conduct herself as an influencer as well as what she had to offer her audience, Julie began listening to her market and learning who the influencers were in her niche. And, as she discovered who the key influencers were in her niche, she also began to gain the attention of her target market. In this second stage, Julie laid the groundwork for becoming a long-term influencer by: Engaging with her community. The Advanced Influencer… Toward the end of her story, Julie was valued in her industry and, as a result, experienced some sudden breakthroughs. The Take-Away:
Three Useful Growth Mindset Resources As I’ve written on many occasions in this blog (The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset”) and in my books, I think the concept of a “growth mindset” can be very helpful in the classroom. Here are three important new resources related to a growth mindset that I think teachers will find useful: First, you might remember my post from a few days ago, New Study Shows That Teaching About “Growth Mindset” Works At Large Scale – Or Does It? In that post, I shared a new paper that had just come suggesting that teaching a 45 minute lesson on the growth mindset can have have a positive impact on students and, for the first time, showed that it could work on a large scale. One helpful reader did leave a detailed comment, which I’d encourage you to read. we did find evidence that mindset interventions help underachieving students — and those students are very important from a policy standpoint. In one, students summarized the scientific findings in their own words.
What Do Schools Need? Collaboration and Principals Who Lead It | Karin Chenoweth John Hattie is back -- and once again he is marshaling the evidence needed to improve schools. Keep in mind that Hattie took the education world by storm a few years ago with his book Visible Learning: What Works Best for Learning. Visible Learning and its sister book, Visible Learning for Teachers, began to solve a knotty problem. To wit, thousands upon thousands of education research studies -- some high-quality, some low-quality, some large-scale, some tiny -- confuse just about everyone. Individual teachers and principals have no practical way to sift through all of them on their own, which leaves educators vulnerable to fads and fashions -- in part because no matter how unrealistic the idea, some study somewhere can be used to validate it. When aggregated together, however, all those studies provide important guidance. As it turns out, pretty much any policy, program, or practice can have some positive effect for students. And what is the one thing that has the most effect?
10 Growth Hacks that Take Less than 1 Hour to Implement Want to increase leads, sales and revenue? Unless you’re living on a communal eco-farm, I’d guess the answer is yes. The question is: How do we increase leads, sales, and revenue for our business in a real, sustainable way? That’s where growth hacking comes in… Growth hacking is a term coined by Sean Ellis in 2010. So if a growth hacker is someone who can see opportunities and exploits them for growth purposes (leads, sales, revenue, etc.), then a good growth hack is a technique, method, or process for creating this growth. The problem: a lot of growth hacks are confusing (either difficult to envision or seemingly impossible to develop without a degree in computer alchemy). The solution: simple growth hacks that anyone can implement with minimal to no code, that can be replicated in under an hour, and that will dramatically multiply your return on investment. The following is a list of the top 10 growth hacks (in no particular order) that will help you do just that. “PS. A Couple Examples:
Should Teachers Be Held Responsible for a Student’s Character? If you’ve followed education in the news or at the book store in the past couple of years, chances are you’ve heard of “grit.” It’s often defined as the ability to persevere when times get tough, or to delay gratification in pursuit of a goal. Alongside growth mindset and self-control, grit is on a short list of not-strictly-academic skills, habits and qualities that researchers have deemed essential. And that research has quickly made its way into the hands of educational leaders eager to impose accountability measures that can go farther than standardized math and reading tests. They want to capture how schools are doing in cultivating the full range of qualities necessary for students to succeed. But now Angela Duckworth, the scientist most closely associated with the concept of “grit,” is trying to put on the brakes. “I feel like the enthusiasm is getting ahead of the science,” Duckworth said in an interview. Here’s the problem. The KIPP Paradox How to resolve the paradox?
Motivating teenagers: How do you do it? Photo by Bevan Gold Swain/Thinkstock Ian was sitting at his usual place during what his parents had decreed was his nightly homework time. But he had his chair turned away from his open books and calculator, and he was removing the fourth raw hot dog from the package. He gingerly placed it sideways on the family dog Walter’s muzzle and commanded him to “walk.” Ian’s mother, Debbie, peeked in on her son and then turned around to stare at her husband. “Ian, it's almost 8, let’s get going!” “Ian, if you don’t get started now, I will not help you with your math.” Ian commenced homework but soon drifted to watching more dumb pet tricks on YouTube. Michael and Debbie had realized early that Ian was extremely bright but that he couldn’t often work up to his capabilities. Lately, we have been schooled on the hell that is adolescence, and more specifically, the collateral damage this phase of life inflicts on parents. It won’t surprise anyone to hear that we live in an era of cheerleaders.
10-things-you-never-see-successful-people Everyone has their own interpretation of what success means to them, but when you break it right down, everyone can agree that it always has something to do with accomplishing a valuable goal or reaching a meaningful purpose. It could be a career advancement, a loving relationship, a useful skill, a form of artistic expression, a spiritual connection, or even an intention to help a certain person or group of people. Real success is often not a stable and upward journey that can be achieved quickly and easily. If you’re struggling to get what you really want out of life, consider taking a good long look inside yourself so you can start working on the following characteristics listed below. 1. Certain goals can take weeks, months, and even years of persistent effort before they’re reached. 2. It shouldn’t be any surprised that a lot of successful people are also very organized and take their planning processes very seriously. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.