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Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead?

Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead?
hide captionAt the Lenox Academy in Brooklyn, N.Y., educators try to teach kids to see struggle as a normal part of learning. Tovia Smith/NPR At the Lenox Academy in Brooklyn, N.Y., educators try to teach kids to see struggle as a normal part of learning. Tovia Smith reported this audio story in two parts on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. To hear Part One, click 'Listen To The Story' above. For Part Two, 'Lessons In Grit,' click the link below. It's become the new buzz phrase in education: "Got grit?" Around the nation, schools are beginning to see grit as key to students' success — and just as important to teach as reading and math. Experts define grit as persistence, determination and resilience; it's that je ne sais quoi that drives one kid to practice trumpet or study Spanish for hours — or years — on end, while another quits after the first setback. "It's a very, I think, American idea in some ways — really pursuing something against all odds," she says.

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Love Your Kids. Leave Them Alone: The Art of Radical Parenting. ~ Kristin S. Luce I was driving home with my two daughters, then four and six years old, when my cell phone rang. I glanced at it, knowing what I was in for if I picked it up. The moment I turned my attention away from them they would suddenly become boisterous and probably pick a fight with each other. 9 Tips To Apply Adult Learning Theory to eLearning In this article I'll discuss how Knowles' 5 adult learning theory assumptions can be translated to modern day eLearning experiences, so that you can integrate the 4 principles of Andragogy into your eLearning course for maximum learner engagement and motivation. According to the renowned American educator, Malcolm Knowles there are 5 assumptions concerning the characteristics of adult learners, and 4 principles concerning adult learning (andragogy). Despite the fact that Knowles' adult learning theory assumptions and principles were introduced in the 1980's, each can be utilized today to help eLearning professionals create more meaningful learning experiences for adult learners. Applying Knowles’ 5 Adult Learning Theory Assumptions to eLearning Applying Knowles’ 4 Adult Learning Theory Principles to eLearning Principle of Andragogy#1Adults must have a hand in the design and development of their learning experience.

To the Ticket Agent at the Delta Counter  In Chicago, we marveled at the snowfall on the tarmac. Looking out the window, I joked to my teenage daughter, "Who's going to shovel all that snow off the wings before we take off?" A little part of me inside grew worried by the minute, because I knew that the harder the snow fell, the better the chances were for a delay. Sure enough, our delay came. I refused to let it bother me, as I was intentionally trying to demonstrate patience to both my daughter and 6-year-old son accompanying me on our trip back home. This was a remarkably hard task, considering that, in the last three days, I had acquired a cumulative four hours of sleep. 3 Easy Methods to Create eLearning Videos Video is fast becoming one of the most popular eLearning formats. Thanks to the popularity of sites like Coursera, Khan Academy, and, online learners are demanding modern, video-based courses that work beautifully across computers, tablets, and smartphones. Recent data shows just how popular video is becoming: Edudemic reports that 67% of teachers believe video lessons are very effective at educating students. 46% of teachers said they have actually created at least one video lesson.A study conducted by Skilljar in 2013 revealed that 67% of online learners reported taking a video-based class.Fast-growing online course sites are largely video-based, including, Skillshare, CreativeLive, Udacity, Udemy, and Craftsy. Here are 3 easy methods to create eLearning videos yourself. 1.

Mom's Diet Right Before Pregnancy Can Alter Baby's Genes : Shots - Health News hide captionEven before you were a twinkle in your mom's eye, what she ate — and didn't eat enough of — may have helped shape you. George Marks/Getty Images Even before you were a twinkle in your mom's eye, what she ate — and didn't eat enough of — may have helped shape you. New resources help blended learning teachers Today, a growing number of schools across the United States and around the world are starting to experiment with blended learning. Leaders at these schools recognize how blended learning can help them personalize instruction in order to meet their students’ individual learning needs. Nevertheless, many schools that are “going blended” face a common challenge of not knowing how to train and coach their teachers as they implement this new form of learning. Given this common challenge, it was exciting to see the recent release of two new resources for supporting blended learning teachers. The first is Education Elements’ Blended Learning Teacher Rubric. Education Elements is a company that helps schools develop and implement blended learning strategies, and the people at Education Elements developed this rubric through their work with thousands of teachers from schools around the country.

To Get Help From A Little Kid, Ask The Right Way : Shots - Health News hide captionNeed a hand with those dishes? iStockphoto Motivating children to stop playing and help out with chores isn't exactly an easy sell, as most parents and teachers will attest. But how you ask can make all the difference, psychologists say.

TeachTechDC Growth vs. Mastery As I mentioned in an earlier blog, this pilot was designed to fill in the holes for incoming 9th grade students. Specifically my the goals were to increase their ELA grades, improve their performance on standardized tests and increase their overall engagement. 30% of our 9th graders last year failed the course with a D or lower. The administration wanted the pilot to also include a component for character education as last year many 9th grade students had trouble transitioning to high school. We incorporated a PSA Competition in the pilot in which students created a 1 minute video using the 7 habits of highly effective teens to warn their peers on the dangers of drug use, teen pregnancy and gang violence.

This Young Mother Is Giving Up On Her Kids And I Don't Blame Her. Meet Stephanie Metz, she is a mother of two young boys in western South Dakota. Why My Kids Are NOT the Center of My World Wait, what did she say? Using Online Learning To Support At-Risk Students Distance Learning Using Online Learning To Support At-Risk Students Windsor High School in Connecticut is using online learning to provide remediation for students at risk of not graduating on time and to support students with special needs.

50 Valuable Life Lessons I Am Teaching My Teenage Girls » Wonderfully Women Wonderfully Women 11 Oct 2012 by Nikki in Absolute Abundance, Brilliant Books, Harmonious Home, JoyFULL, Klever Kids, Travelling With Teens Tags: FYBF, happy children, Happy teens, healthy habits, helping teens blossom into adults, how to help your teen blossom, positive life skills, valuable life lessons My two daughters are my pride and joy, my daily delight, and the best thing that EVER happened to me!

How Frames, Plans, Platforms & PD Support Great Teaching - Getting Smart by Tom Vander Ark - common core, edchat, Innovation, PBL, professional development, STEM, teachers Stories of innovative classrooms and schools may be dismissed as irrelevant or unscalable because they are powered by superstar teachers. But districts and networks are making it increasingly possible for all of their teachers to achieve great results with common frameworks, big goals and good plans, strong development systems for adult learners, and learning platforms. Common frame. Expeditionary Learning is a national network of more than 150 schools that share powerful design principles including ” The having of wonderful ideas.” EL schools feature “dynamic leadership, compelling curriculum, engaging instruction, continuous assessment, and a positive school culture.”

11 Things I Want My Son to Know About Marriage  Right now, my son, Tristan, is 7 years old. Even at this young age, I think a lot about what kind of a husband he will make. I think about his future, and if I'm setting a good example. Below is a list of things I want him to know about marriage. (Author Note: This list is based on my own experience in a straight marriage because it's all I know. However, I have to assume that some of this advice is universal.) Improving Conditions & Careers: How Blended Learning Can Improve the Teaching Profession Improving Conditions and Careers: How Blended Learning Can Improve The Teaching Profession Originally published May 2013, updated and re-released Summer 2015.Authored by: John Bailey, Bryan Hassel, Emily Ayscue Hassel, Carri Schneider, Tom Vander ArkDownload full paperIn partnership with: Digital Learning Now, Foundation for Excellence in Education, Public Impact This paper is one of nine in the DLN Smart Series – a collection of interactive papers that provides specific guidance regarding the adoption of higher standards and quality assessments focusing on the shift to personal digital learning. This report brings together thought leaders on the future of education from Digital Learning Now, Getting Smart, and Public Impact to show that blended learning environments can create more and better opportunities for teacher collaboration, enable differentiated staffing and boost meaningful professional development opportunities.