When students have a growth mindset they are motivated to learn. Watch as psychologist Carol Dweck describes the growth mindset and ways to nurture it. Ms. Dweck references the Envision Education videos on Deeper Learning.
“Hold lightly to goals and firmly to intentions.” - Pixar co-founder, Ed Catmull
In an interview with BuzzFeed, Pixar co-founder, Ed Catmull, discusses his new book, Creativity Inc. , and says reframing the concept of failure is the only sure way to find success.
Key concepts from the interview:
Pixar’s success is the product of a deliberate attitude toward creativity and failure.
How do you make it safe for people to say what they think or that it’s safe for them to make mistakes/fail?
The answer: Reframe the concept of failure. When you start something new, you will make mistakes, and if you don’t make mistakes you’re either copying yourself or copying someone else.”
Each failed concept brings the ultimate creation closer!
Each idea led them a bit closer to finding the better option.
This is key: when experimentation is seen as necessary and productive, not as a frustrating waste of time, people will enjoy their work, even when it is confounding them.”
“We are willing to adjust our goals as we learn, striving to get it right, not necessarily to get it right the first time. Because that, to my mind, is the only way to establish something else that is essential to creativity: a culture that protects the new.”
A recent Gallup Poll revealed that "among the 600,000 students who took the poll in 2013, those who strongly agreed with two simple statements were 30 times as likely as those who strongly disagreed with both to be emotionally engaged at school. Those two statements were:
1. My school is committed to building the strengths of each student.
2. I have at least one teacher who makes me excited about the future."
Do we ignore mistakes, brushing them aside for the sake of our self-confidence? Or do we investigate the errors, seeking to learn from the snafus? The latter approach, suggests a series of studies, could make you learn faster.
The 27 Ways Teachers Can Enhance Retention and Knowledge Transfer Infographic refers to Gagne’s 9th and presents ways that teachers can ensure that their students can retain information and transfer their new knowledge or skill to different situations.
For many years educators were under the false notion that there were learning styles, and recent research from Howard Gardner, John Hattie and Gregory Yates shows there isn't such thing as a learning style.
"Through teacher-driven observation, teachers engage peers in gathering and analyzing classroom data—data that speak to the unique context of their own classrooms. This approach has demonstrated potential to meaningfully improve instruction and student achievement.
Existing approaches to observation generally serve the observer. Teacher-driven observation flips this approach, placing the observed teacher as leader and primary learner in the observation process."
Students who embrace struggle while learning and solving problems develop skills that others may not. Learn how Expeditionary Learning has incorporated struggle and the growth mindset into their school.
"Differentiation is far more than a set of strategies to meet the differing needs of students. It is an approach based on certain beliefs about students (e.g., All students are capable and uniquely talented.) and certain values (e.g., leveraging students' strengths and interests instead of being stuck on students' deficits)."
Using your fellow teachers to analyze and improve your students' work. Discover a professional learning strategy that uses teacher groups to go over student projects and provide valuable input for improving lessons.
It's conventional knowledge that writing notes by hand is better for learning than typing, but now there's science to back it up. Psychological researchers have found that students who hand-write notes remembering conceptual information over a longer period.
"The brain is constantly on the lookout for ways to improve by obtaining new knowledge and skills, even before birth. Unfortunately, retaining information can be challenging, simply because instructors and course designers do not always use methods that facilitate remembering."
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