Growth Mindset 13
By Dr. Jane Bartley Everyone knows the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” A photo taken during an LSI Leadership Academy session captures the essence of that statement perfectly. Listed on a dry erase board are five statements that describe the work teacher teams in MSD Lawrence Township will tackle this coming year; […]
By Kristin DeJong The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist.” As a new school year begins, I’m reminded of this quotation from the famed physician and educator, Maria Montessori, and I often point to this goal of […]
“You have an enormous opportunity to change students’ lives.” —Michael D. Toth, CEO, Learning Sciences International By Theresa Staley Of all the things you do in this life, make it your mission to leave a lasting imprint on your students that’s so bold, it defines your legacy and resonates well into the future. […]
By Jennifer A. Cleary and Terry A. Morgan, Learning Sciences International The Fordham Institute’s newly released report on student engagement initially delivers quite a dose of bad news. A national survey of 2000 public, charter, and private school students finds that students who consider dropping out of high school cite lack of engagement as the primary […]
By Mary Shea From the moment they’re born, children try to make sense of their environment and actively participate in it. They observe behaviors of others and mimic actions and words that appear to have meaning and function. Every experience they have informs them about people, objects, events, and routines in the environment. Children self-direct […]
By Scott Sterling Reflection should be a regular component of a teacher’s practice, but some times of the year seem to be tailor-made for reflective study. One of those times is at the beginning of the calendar year, which may signal the midpoint of the school year or the start of a new term/semester. Just […]
By Scott Sterling Our students are stressed out. The causes are many (too many activities, too much pressure, not enough down time, etc.), but they have very little ability throughout the day to just “be”, to clear their minds and focus their attention inward rather than outward. The practice of mindfulness takes many different forms. […]
By Scott Sterling This is the second in a series about noticing when students aren’t engaged with a lesson and what to do about it. Each installment of the series corresponds to a grade level. This week: middle school. Middle school has a reputation as the toughest level to teach. When a middle school teacher […]
By Scott Sterling We’ve been talking a lot about students developing hypotheses and how that can add rigor to your classroom activities. Mostly, these lessons have resembled the scientific process, even if they could be converted to use in the other subject areas. Investigative tasks are a bit different. They harness the natural curiosity of […]
By Scott Sterling Providing students autonomy in learning tasks is a key component of rigor. Tasks are simply less rigorous when students receive more guidance and less productive struggle. There are many ways to generate that autonomy, but key among them is providing tasks in which students have to choose between equally appealing alternatives. This […]
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