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What roles can curiosity and happiness play in learning?
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I Lived Through A School Shooting And It Made Me Appreciate My Students Even More

Code Red Drills. As educators, we’ve all been through them. They have always been an eerie part of our routine. After all, high schools aren’t supposed to be that dark. They aren’t supposed to be…
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This is a worthwhile and heart-breaking article.
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Studying or Seeking Wisdom - Defining Wisdom | A Project of the University of Chicago - News

Studying or Seeking Wisdom - Defining Wisdom | A Project of the University of Chicago - News | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

‘Experts’, in the sense people complain about, are those with fixed ideas about what should be done in specific situations, working from recipes with the aim of instant results. They avoid or prohibit dialogue, and tend to ignore not only that deliberation takes time but also that it entails the capacity to recognise others’ positions.


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An essential point is we are not born wise. There is a practical essence to wisdom. Aristotle wrote about becoming better as an uncertain process with no well-defined goal. More recently, Hans-Georg Gadamer and Paul Ricoeur used the concepts of phronesis and phronimos as an ethical way of being in the world.
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10 Reasons You Need To Show Appreciation Daily

10 Reasons You Need To Show Appreciation Daily | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Although recognition and appreciation often get talked about from only the recipient’s viewpoint, research shows there are numerous powerful benefits to being the giver as well. Give it a try today. You might just inspire someone to greatness.
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It is not just showing appreciated it is being appreciative. Meister Eckhart said if the only prayer you say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. I found greeting my students and thanking them was essential to my teaching.
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Why Growth Mindset Isn't What You Think It Is

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WHY GROWTH MINDSET ISN'T WHAT YOU THINK IT IS
Growth mindset is one of the most well-known psychological theories in education. But in the rush to embrace it, have most people misunderstood what it actually is?

Most articles and blogs about growth mindset will have a brief growth mindset definition that goes along the lines of ‘growth mindset is knowing that ability or intelligence is not fixed and can be improved with effort’.

Only the first half of that definition is accurate. Growth mindset is the belief that they can improve their intelligence. Effort may be one strategy that can be employed in order to do so. It is not the only one. Equating growth mindset just with effort is a mistake for several reasons and could potentially do more harm than good.  So before I outline some of the potential reasons why this is bad, it is important to explain how this misconception came about.

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Growth mindset is a theory about learning, which is messy and complex. That is a telling statement. The caution that emerges is praising effort when someone is working hard and failing is not a good plan. It is about asking good questions that help the student grow. John Dewey proposed the idea of growth was to foster more growth. Students need good feedback that moves them forward.
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