I tell my students about the scaffolds I have in place and why I try to put things in an order in the first place. They ask lots of questions about why we’re doing this or that, and I get to tell them about their brains getting new information by playing around with it in different dimensions - with their bodies, their writing, their words, etc. - in a social environment. That’s why we do particular warm ups when we’re trying to achieve certain goals during a lesson, and why the warm ups change and evolve as our goals get more challenging.
We also talk about how learning is like lifting weights (you don’t just go to the gym and stare at the weights! you have to lift them and sweat and be sore and want to give up and get thru it to get swol!) I love my job - theatre is a wonderful discipline to experiment with growth mindset because of its historic recognition as a craft and lifelong practice.
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On my door, I put the statement, “In this classroom, we have a growth mindset.” Around it are growth mindset types of statements like “We are not afraid to try” and “It’s okay to make mistakes.”
praising effort rather than ability is the first thing I thought of
We chart our data on individual data trackers, set goals and action steps, and review our goals. We do this as a class as well. I emphasize at the beginning when we first track, that I DO NOT CARE where they are starting out. I want to see them learn. They get it. They have ownership over it. They buy in. Especially kids who are right on the line between below basic and basic or basic and proficient.
I asked this question yesterday, and am happy to share your answers today! Thanks for responding, hopefully your advice can help spark ideas for others out there.
According to the Denver-based Education Commission of the States, just 15 states require students to attend kindergarten. And while most states require districts to offer at least a voluntary half-day program—Alaska, Idaho, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania are the exceptions—that half-day could be just a few hours.
Such laws reflect a disconnect between state policy and the importance of kindergarten, which some researchers are calling the “new 1st grade,” with its increased focus on literacy and accountability for the youngest school children. The Common Core State Standards also treat kindergarten as a full-fledged grade, without reference to the fact that for some children, kindergarten may be fewer than 15 hours per week.
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We are struggling today to bring teachers up to speed with all of the effects that result from our living in a technology-driven society. It has had a profound effect on many educators’ pedagogy, methodology, and education philosophy. Education is a conservative institution that is slow to change, but make no mistake — changes are occurring. As big of a struggle as it may be to affect the mindset of educators while they model and share those changes with their students, we must recognize that parents are left almost entirely out of the process.
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Experienced teachers say that the key is to stress-management is to be prepared, yet flexible as well as find a good work-life balance that works for you. Implementing stress-management techniques will not only make you happier and healthier, it will also make you a more effective teacher. The 10 Stress-Management Techniques for Teachers Infographic gives some advice on stress-management provided by experienced teachers.
In a blended learning environment, the need to plan and develop thoughtful units of instruction has emerged as one of the most critical factors in creating a successful instructional program.
When creating units of instruction, focus on larger themes and big-picture concepts. Too much emphasis on small skills and minutiae will have you feeling like you are drowning in apps, digital content, and 25 individual student learning paths and lesson plans. Reflect on your blended learning philosophy and evaluate its presence in your unit design. If you find you’re not using the tool in the manner that you initially intended, make adjustments.
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Adding new technology to old pedagogy does not make it better.
Younger Americans—those ages 16-29—especially fascinate researchers and organizations because of their advanced technology habits, their racial and ethnic diversity, their looser relationships to institutions such as political parties and organized religion, and the ways in which their social attitudes differ from their elders.
This report pulls together several years of research into the role of libraries in the lives of Americans and their communities with a special focus on Millennials, a key stakeholder group affecting the future of communities, libraries, book publishers and media makers of all kinds, as well as the tone of the broader culture.
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