By Scott Sterling Grit has become a buzzword in the education community. It falls in with the conative skills that we discuss occasionally—skills that are not academic by nature, but important in the cognitive and academic growth of a student. To be sure, perseverance is important. An effective teacher’s classroom
By Scott Sterling As carefully as we try to prepare our students for upcoming assessments aligned with Common Core State Standards and other rigorous new standards, their success could hinge on something that has nothing to do with their knowledge or even academics in general. Instead, it could be psychology.
By Scott Sterling I’m not one who memorizes a bunch of quotes, but one of my favorites comes from Henry Ford: If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right. I applied that philosophy to my approach with students. If you have
By Scott Sterling Last month, we discussed conative skills. You won’t find conative skills on many pacing guides or curricula, but students need to master them. Our list from that post included: Interpreting situations Cultivating a growth mindset Developing resiliency Avoiding negative thinking Taking various perspectives on an issue Interacting
By Scott Sterling Adapted from Diane Hampel’s excellent concurrent session at Building Expertise 2014, Embedding Conative Skills in Lessons. Some teachers have a really tough time developing conative skillsin students. They include interpersonal skills that inform how people work with each other. Few standards govern this aspect of education, and