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  • The 17- and 18-year-olds wrote letters to Gardner after they watched the movie as part of teacher Anita Bauknecht's "Imagine Your Future" lesson. They were shocked when Gardner responded, saying he wanted to Skype with the students.

  • Confusion #1: What a growth mindset is


  • It is the belief that qualities can change and that we can develop our intelligence and abilities. The opposite of having a growth mindset is having a fixed mindset, which is the belief that intelligence and abilities cannot be developed. The reason that this definition of growth mindset is important is that research has shown that this specific belief leads people to take on challenges, work harder and more effectively, and persevere in the face of struggle, all of which makes people more successful learners.
  • Confusion #2: To foster a growth mindset, simply praise children for working hard

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  • To tell a student “great job”or “this needs work” is a missed opportunity.
  • Everyone loves to hear they did a great job. And perhaps your student really did nail this latest assignment. But the problem with “great job” is this: it’s not specific. There is no indication of what was done that was successful, and no information about how to replicate this success in future projects.
  • I’ve learned that great feedback creates a roadmap for students; it shows them how far they can go in the mastery of a subject or skill by outlining specific places for improvement or highlighting successful behaviors/techniques. Great feedback pushes students to achieve more and it’s specific in helping them do so.

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Nov 09, 15

Article identifies what type of teachers may be replaced with technology - argues technology is transformational if used effectively.

  • Technology is not your competition UNLESS…
  • Technology cannot replace a teacher IF…
  • Technology can make you an even greater teacher IF…
Nov 09, 15

Article lists 9 apps that help facilitate peace and mindfullness in the classroom.

  • Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the cornerstone of emotional intelligence, as these abilities do not come naturally for some special education students. Children in special ed settings need to have their confidence, courage, and emotional awareness nurtured in order to successfully play, work, cooperate, and be productive in their studies. We have all heard that technology can be a great playing-field leveler in a classroom with diverse learners. It can also assist in providing social and emotional skills. Let's face it -- the digital lifestyle is here to stay, so using digital technology to enhance SEL makes perfect sense.
  • 9 Skill-Building Apps


    Several apps can be used in the classroom or at home to assist in reinforcing social and emotional learning while also helping kids cope with the pressures that we all face. These apps can help teachers and parents in addressing students with special needs, and many are also available in a web format

Nov 09, 15

Digital materials have increased the importance of lessons on intentional and unintentional plagiarism for students who are developing research and writing habits, the college professors interviewed for this article say. This piece includes resources and lesson ideas for teachers to tackle the issue in the classroom

  • Do your students have a hard time defining — and thus, perhaps, avoiding — plagiarism?
  • Here, for instance, are just a handful of cases that have made headlines in the last few years:

  • The concept is simple: individuals earn badges for demonstrating the acquisition of key knowledge and skills. Think Girl Scouts. When you marry the concept of badging with technology, you get digital badges that allow a person’s portfolio of badges to be stored in one place and provide a record of subject or skill mastery. This could have a significant impact on awarding credentials or certificates to students, and perhaps even creating an implementation framework for competency-based learning.
  • Participating teachers advance through a series of inquiry-based professional development modules. Teachers are awarded a digital badge for the successful completion of each 10-hour module. To accomplish this, they must complete the following steps: 1) study module content, 2) participate in a focused discussion with peers working on the same module, 3) create an original inquiry-based global lesson plan that incorporates new learning, 4) implement the original lesson plan in the classroom, 5) provide evidence of classroom implementation and 6) reflect on and revise the lesson created.
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