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Do you tend to think that your health was predetermined by the genes you inherited from your parents? Think again. Discoveries in the field of epigenetics are showing that we have a huge amount of influence on our genetic expression when it comes to health, well-being, and disease prevention.
In November we wrote a post about the impact the mindset of a teacher can have about a student’s problem behavior. Related to this, Stanford researchers Jason Okonofua, David Paunesku and Gregory Walton recently published research demonstrating the power of teacher mindsets on student behavior.
While teaching in California, I had a unique teaching assignment: Honors English 9 and Reading 10. So my school day went from thinking about how to hold "high-achieving" students to a high level of challenge in an honors environment to actually doing the same thing for "underachieving" students in a remedial environment. I loved the challenge and experience of watching non-readers become successful readers, writers and speakers while also pushing the higher performing students to stretch themselves to reach greater heights.
Help Mindset Works test a new growth mindset science game!
We are looking for middle schools who are interested in testing our SciSkill Quest game in their science classrooms in late April/early May of this school year, 2015-16. The game is designed to help students learn inquiry skills and concepts based on the Next Generation Science Standards. The goal of this study is to assess the impact of the game on student motivation and learning in science. If you are interested in participating, please follow this link and complete the form.