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Growth Mindset Launch Back in March I blogged about becoming a growth mindset school following our staff launch event. Since that time we have been very busy preparing to roll out the ethos to the whole school. Here’s what we’ve been up to, and what we’re planning for September… Re-branding the school Our old school motto was “Developing Potential to the Full” – a noble idea full of good intentions.

The High Cost of Neuromyths in Education Valid neuroscience research is an increasingly useful resource for guiding interventions in education. But not all "neurocontent" is created equal. With the overall rise in accessible education content has come a rise in the niche of neurological educational content -- content developed for educators based on how the brain works. One of the more common snags here is the advent of "neuromyths," or content purportedly based on neuroscience that, while sounding plausible, is incorrect. Neuromyths result from unsupported claims about interventions or products supposedly "proven by neuroscience research."

Four questions that encourage growth mindset among students Teachers have long battled with how to get their students to become more resilient and improve their mindset. One popular theory, pioneered by Carol Dweck, professor of psychology at Stanford University, is the idea of growth mindset. Dweck explains that some students believe ability is malleable and can be improved (a growth mindset), while others think it is set in stone, probably decided at birth (a fixed mindset). Evidence suggests that those with a growth mindset seek out feedback on how to get better, persist with work for longer and cope better with change – all attitudes teachers want to develop in their young charges.

Nerdy, Nerdy, Nerdy!: When Students Say, "I Can't Do It..." I don't know about you, but one of the reasons I wanted to become a teacher is because I find the "aha" moment (also known as the "lightbulb" moment) so exhilarating. I love it when a student finally understands something he has found difficult in the past. I feel a rush seeing the delight on a child's face when she masters a topic in class. Oh, the triumph! But some students, and you know you've had a few, are so beaten down by past failures that the "I can't" attitude is difficult to break through. In college, I remember learning about the growth mindset vs. the fixed mindset.

How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies In his new book, “How We Learn: The Surprising Truth about When, Where, and Why It Happens,” author Benedict Carey informs us that “most of our instincts about learning are misplaced, incomplete, or flat wrong” and “rooted more in superstition than in science.” That’s a disconcerting message, and hard to believe at first. But it’s also unexpectedly liberating, because Carey further explains that many things we think of as detractors from learning — like forgetting, distractions, interruptions or sleeping rather than hitting the books — aren’t necessarily bad after all.

5 Top Resources to Create Growth Mindset in Students: Mindsetmax Growth mindset is gaining a lot of importance and attention these days especially in the field of academics and education. Teachers and parents, alike, are working hard to foster a mindset that facilitates young students to “grow” and not box themselves in with a fixed mindset. Need to expand your mindset fast? Download our FREE app iMindsetmax LITE Or go for the PRO version iMindsetmax PRO

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. Take a look at the schedule, and remember, you can always listen live at 9:00AM ET. Growth Mindset: GoBrain and Making a Splash A recent interest of mine has been the Growth Mindset. I have blogged and presented on this topic: Due to my interests, Carol Reiley contacted me about her initiatives about growth mindsets.

Marie Curie on Curiosity, Wonder, and the Spirit of Adventure in Science by Maria Popova A short manifesto for the vitalizing power of discovery. “Few persons contributed more to the general welfare of mankind and to the advancement of science than the modest, self-effacing woman whom the world knew as Mme. Curie.” So read the obituary for Marie Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only person to date to win a Nobel in two different sciences, published the day after her death in 1934. Three years later, her younger daughter, Eve Curie Labouisse, captured her mother’s spirit and enduring legacy in Madame Curie: A Biography (public library).

Interactive Quiz: Fixed vs Growth Mindsets According to recent research by Carol Dweck, there are two types of students. Both types may show a lot of promise at first, but only one of the types typically goes on to achieve impressive results in their lives. The other type tends to achieve less and less over time. What are these two types of students? Those with a fixed mindset, and those with a growth mindset. Students with a fixed mindset struggle more as time goes on, held back by anxiety and stress.

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