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3 Small Discipline Habits You Can Train : zen habits

While I’m not a fan of trying to be disciplined every moment of the day, there’s no doubt most of us could use a little more discipline in our lives.
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The “rage to master”: What it takes for those scary-smart kids to succeed

The “rage to master”: What it takes for those scary-smart kids to succeed | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Gladwell's practice theory is only partly right. A host of things must line up for the would-be prodigy to thrive

 

“Unfortunately, many people have an overly simplistic understanding of talent,” says University of Pennsylvania psychologist Kaufman, who writes about intelligence and creativity in his Beautiful Minds blog for Scientific American. “In fact, there is no such thing as innate talent,” Kaufman contends. “Gareth Bale wasn’t born with the ability to score memorable goals. There are certainly genetic influences, but talents aren’t prepackaged at birth; they take time to develop.” In other words, high achievers are born, then made.

 
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Students Learn to Fail—and Recover—at Calif. School

Students Learn to Fail—and Recover—at Calif. School | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Educators at a Los Angeles-area high school believe teaching students to "fail productively" will equip them for success in the long run.
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How do you track the changes you have made in yourself to promote problem solving behaviors in your students?

"Learning to Fail" is almost a cliche now, but do we really support learners in ways that they actually learn from failure?

In the article, it is shared that "students who were allowed to struggle with new problems on their own first were better at evaluating different variations of the problem and using different methods to solve it, and they showed deeper understanding of the underlying mathematical concepts. In observations of the classes, Mr. Kapur said teachers "consistently underestimated" students' ability to muddle through to answers on their own." Saying platitudes after a student doesn't succeed is not support. There are practices and systems that need to be in place.  What are those practices and systems?

Can teachers really change themselves to become the kinds of supporters students need so that they can learn through failure? What can you do to make those changes? What changes have you made so far? 

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Grit and the Need for Achievement

Grit is best defined as a personality trait with two key components:

1) A passion for long-term goals

2) The powerful motivation to achieve these goals through the necessary work, practice, and time.

 

Recent studies show grit and a healthy need for achievement can have many psychological benefits.
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excerpt: "Lack of grit is the reason why incredibly talented people sometimes never reach success. Because no matter how smart or talented you are, you still need to put in the work and have the resilience to overcome obstacles and continue marching forward when things get tough."

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How To Build An Effective Culture | Digital Tonto

How To Build An Effective Culture | Digital Tonto | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
All too often, culture is mistaken for history.  It is not.  Strong cultures are able to accept and adapt to change.
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These concepts should be used for teacher training as well as school leadership training. Everyone involved in hiring should also consider the research in the power of diversity in networks. We should develop interviewing and appreciation for shared values over shared characteristics.

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10 Simple Truths Smart People Forget

10 Simple Truths Smart People Forget | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Some of the smartest people I know continuously struggle to get ahead because they forget to address a few simple truths that collectively govern our potential to make progress.  So here’s a quick reminder:

 

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How to Build Thick Skin and Stop Being So Sensitive

How to Build Thick Skin and Stop Being So Sensitive | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Check out these important tips for building thick skin in your life - and stop feeling so easily threatened and offended by what people say or do.
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Offers good suggestions for building a "thicker skin."

 

excerpt: "Clearly, there are many benefits to being a HSP. They can often connect with others easily and be more kind and understanding toward everyone, as well as more introspective and creative.

However, sometimes this high sensitivity can also become tiresome, unhealthy, and counterproductive."

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