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How to Make Growth Mindset Work

If establishing a growth mindset journey for students is worthy of our professional development allocations, is it not then implicit that we recognize its role in adult learning as well? As Senge points out, “people with a high level of personal mastery are acutely aware of their ignorance, their incompetence, their growth areas. And they are deeply self-confident. Read More →

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Creating a Great School

What accounts for the lack of connection between our expectations and aspirations, and the reality of schooling for many students? For those of us who loved learning while in school, read voraciously and tackled reports and projects with enthusiasm, why are we unable to generate that same enthusiasm for the majority of our students? Read More →

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Questioning: Is Teaching a Science or an Art?

Obviously going into a unit or lesson without intentional planning is a recipe for disaster but what great teachers know is that in addition to great planning there is indeed an art to knowing just what question to ask and when. Some teachers come by this more naturally but we all grow through experience and practice as we become more perceptive to knowing just how much productive struggle to allow before our students shift into shutdown mode. Read More →

Engaging students requires leadership that hears their voices.

Student Engagement Starts with Leadership

If education is truly meant to prepare students for life, shouldn’t school-life mirror real life as much as possible? How many times in our adult lives do we have to complete thinking activities in isolation (worksheets) or bubble multiple choice tests? Not nearly as many times as we have to collaborate with others on a project, problem-solve an issue by researching it and thinking through solutions (authentic literacy), testing ideas and models and redoing them. Read More →

To change results in student learning, we must change the culture for the adults, too.

Whole Leaders, Whole Teachers

We are talking about a learning culture that is less about control and manipulation leading to the “correct” answers and more about tapping into the social-emotional needs of students as they learn how the content applies to their life in their communities. Read More →

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