I’m going to structure this blog in a way which will hopefully be easy to follow. First, some evidence and anecdotes which seem to contradict the way Dweck’s theory is increasingly being presented (I entirely acknowledge, by the way, that Ms Dweck is much more nuanced in her conclusions than is sometimes suggested by those who cite her name while outlining a much more black-and-white worldview). Then I’ll note some arguments as to why we should be rather cautious about adopting the “Growth Mindset” approach as some sort of universal principle. David Didau has already covered much of this ground in his blog, but if we never allowed for repetition in the blogosphere, there’d be nothing left on the internet except rude videos and pictures of kittens, so I’m going to do it anyway.
“Why haven't education reform efforts amounted to much? Because they start with the wrong problem, says John Abbott, director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative. Overhauling the educational paradigm means replacing the metaphor — the concept of the world and its inhabitants as machine-like entities — that has shaped the education system, as well as many other aspects of our culture.”Creating “Collaborative Learning Communities”“It is essential to view learning as a total community responsibility,” he says, and to expect no short cuts. Children need to be integrated, fully contributing members of the broader community, so they can feel useful and valued. (It is not just the children who need this, he adds; healthy communities also need children.).On a practical level, the most powerful lever for change, Abbott says, is people coming together to “rethink the role of community in the learning process,” agreeing how to divide up responsibilities among professional teachers and other community members, and then launching small pilot projects that are true to their new vision. These efforts will build on each other, he says, and large-scale change will follow.
Changing the societal view of education might be difficult but to change the societal view of itself it will be essential for those in education to present a different view of what society can be and the way that it can function.
Providing high-quality professional development for teachers may be the most important thing schools can do to improve students learning.
Kelly Christopherson's insight:
Teacher professional development is one of the most important things for teachers during this time of change. Although teachers need to take more ownership of their PD, there needs to be a shift at other levels to accommodate a changing educational environment. Teacher PD needs to be directly linked to what the teacher is doing in the classroom, focused on providing students with feedback, using a variety of assessment techniques and strategies, integrating different technologies and examining a shift in pedagogical approaches. Large scale conferences and PD delivered by experts and major key notes, although still having benefit for providing a large picture of the education picture, aren't going to have lasting effects in classrooms without follow up teachers having support, coaching, time for reflection, and their own vision for where they want their learning to take them. Hopefully we are coming closer to seeing teachers take control of their own professional development through developing PLNs via SM and collaborating more with colleagues in their building and around the globe. A greater focus on helping teachers directly in their classrooms and less effort on finding another great keynote speaker might be a shift in the right direction.
A number of studies have suggested that constantly sitting at work is bad for you. So could workplaces be rejigged around standing up, asks would-be stander Chris Bowlby.
Medical research has been building up for a while now, suggesting constant sitting is harming our health - potentially causing cardiovascular problems or vulnerability to diabetes.
We can't simply fix it by heading for the gym.
This has big implications not just for homes - usually blamed for "couch potato" lifestyles - but for sedentary workplaces too, especially the modern office.
But when it comes to the average office, reducing sitting is a huge challenge. It means rethinking architecture, spending a lot of money, changing the office routine. Adjustable sit-stand desks can cost many hundreds of pounds.
In education, there has been a studies that suggest students learn better when they can move around and interact. Although some teachers and schools have used this in re-structuring their classrooms, generally, most classrooms are still the same, rows of desks where students sit with little other options for work. Maybe, now that this information is seeping into the mainstream adult work place, such studies and information will be given more credence for the learning and health of children!
Those who can’t see themselves feel alone and isolated. Real relationships are built between real people. 7 reasons leaders have blind spots: The birds of a feather problem. You hang with people who think like you and agree with you. Credit bias. You give yourself credit for success and blame others for failure. Illusion…
Kelly Christopherson's insight:
As a school leader, I found that it was important to seek out feedback from those with whom I didn't always see eye-to-eye as a way to continue to ground myself to to reflect about what we were doing as a school. Building connections with other is important and being aware of your reactions is also important. Seek feedback from those you trust will give you honest feedback not just what they think you want to hear. Learn to reflect on the feedback to see how you can be a better leader but also how to improve your support of others and how to follow when it is necessary.
HR Pros, people leaders, owners, executives, and CEO’s spend countless resources these days building culture. Following the likes of Zappos, Google, Lululemon, and more – culture is no longer just a buzzword. It’s an essential business strategy. If ... Read More
Kelly Christopherson's insight:
In schools, culture is so important. A culture that is focused on growth and support will thrive and the focus will be "doing what is best for students" with adults pushing themselves, stretching and growing. In this type of culture, these 6 culture killers are things that educational leaders need to be aware of and work to disempower.
Half-Brain Teaching Isn’t Enough Infographic In today’s societies there is a lot of focus on the logical and analytical brain functions. Many schools are cutting the ‘extras’ like art and music. However, students need to be well rounded and really need subjects like those to be con...
Basically I really like the graphic here. It's leaps out and grabs your attention. The design is appealing yet simple and easy to navigate. Are we teaching these aspects as we engage students in using technology? Design is so utterly important.
“How Might We design a school that encourages, nurtures and teaches a Growth Mindset? From Curriculum to Culture, here is a School By Design! *This post is based on Carol Dweck's Growth Mindset theo...”
Developing a Growth Mindset in education is crucial to shifting the culture of schools and reimagine the role of teachers, students and parents in a new school paradigm where learning is not directed by knowledge acquisition but by developing and creating.
The technologies of tomorrow promise to revolutionize how we collaborate, power our devices and navigate our world, but innovative designers are already changing these tasks with the technology of today.
Yes, design is making an impact on some areas of schools but, unfortunately, the schools aren't really built in a way that allows for much major "remodelling" but that doesn't mean that schools can't begin to make changes to what is happening inside the building. Design and designers have a great many options and it's time that education begin to shift from the desks, rows, learning at the front model.
Vidopop is a tool that allows teachers to take a video and post it for students or others to watch. If you're thinking of trying to flip your classes or use video for review, stations or having students use it as an option for responses, vidopop gives you some nice options.
Successful technology integration includes always having a non-tech Plan B, staying with what works instead of trend-hopping, and minimizing the elements beyond your control.
Kelly Christopherson's insight:
It is important to differentiate when you plan and having options that will allow students to continue their learning even if the technology glitches because sometimes, despite what some experts say, you can't just wait for it to reset or to be fixed because that could be tomorrow!
185 voices from 12 countries join a choir that spans the globe: "Lux Aurumque," composed and conducted by Eric Whitacre, merges hundreds of tracks individually recorded and posted to YouTube. It's an astonishing illustration of how technology can connect us.
I have been a longtime advocate for using Twitter in education, in fact, it was more than three years ago now when I started using Twitter to model and teach authentic global digital citizenship. It has been almost two years since this article was published in The Age, celebrating the positives use of such a tool in a variety of educational contexts.
Because some teachers are exploring the use of twitter in the classroom, this article helps to explain how it can be used in positive ways and gives some ideas for connecting it to the learning outcomes.