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New Year, New (Growth) Mindset

New Year, New (Growth) Mindset

I have a question for our readers - How many of you have a bad habit?
Anyone?

Exactly! We all have them, but here's something important to remember: We can both curb old habits and create new, better habits using our brain.

I want you to think about your "bad" habits as these strong neural pathways that your brain has built up. They're those old familiar paths that you know how to do so well (and then you can be really hard on yourself when you do them). But they are habits because they are strong responses you have developed in your brain - it's so easy to keep doing them! And so are your established "good" habits. I know you have those too.

This new year, how about we all promise to be kinder to ourselves about our bad habits and see them for what they are: proof that we have grown strong neural pathways in the past to develop habits, and inspiration that we CAN DO SO AGAIN.

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I Am Not Impressed: Under-Achieving Learners in Our Schools

I Am Not Impressed: Under-Achieving Learners in Our Schools

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.

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Veronica Berry
Hello, When I received an email from Just For Teachers Update, the quote from Ms. Deihl's latest post caught my attention. It sto... Read More
Thursday, 03 November 2016 16:00
Darlene Ab
My colleagues and I at my school talk about this all the time. And I actually was an under-achiever myself when I was a kid-just b... Read More
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 19:12
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Is Mindset Culture Shift Possible for Adults?

Is Mindset Culture Shift Possible for Adults?

This post was originally published on Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Blog, The Spark (4.29.2016)

If you have had the pleasure of hearing Carol Dweck speak in the past few months, you will have heard what we have learned in recent years about cultivating a growth mindset in ourselves and in others. One of her slides that really resonated with the audience at the Learning and the Brain conference in San Francisco suggested that adults talk the talk, but don't walk the walk. On a stick figure graphic, a disembodied head is traveling in the opposite direction from its body. And this is a major issue: adults forget that we can't effectively cultivate or influence a growth mindset in others unless we are cultivating one in ourselves. We have to take the journey, walking in the same direction that we are talking.

This couldn't be truer for leaders. Leaders (whether that be by title or merely by influence) can influence the mindsets of other adults. No, you can't change another person. However, you can have great influence over others.

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nitika gupta
excellent article, thanks for sharing it
Tuesday, 05 July 2016 17:45
Imen Berrouaine
Very Interesting indeed! Another question may arise, along with the online intervention of brainology is it possible to implement... Read More
Sunday, 31 July 2016 10:59
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Why Is It That Some People Don’t Tend to Change?

Why Is It That Some People Don’t Tend to Change?

Helping People Tip Toward a Growth Mindset

It is really exciting to learn about the concept of a growth mindset at first; it makes so much sense! "Yes! When we believe we can improve, we take action to do so, and we get smarter - we change. It's so simple!"

Except it isn't. At some point, we find ourselves thinking, but wait a minute. If it's this simple, why is it that I know so many people who do not change at all? And how come, even when we share growth mindset concepts with some people, it does not seem to make any difference? What is going on here?

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Chad Lower
Ironically, I was talking with my wife about something very similar today at lunch. I asked her if she wanted me to pour her some ... Read More
Thursday, 28 April 2016 01:45
Cathie Cottle
A great read. Lately I have found myself wondering how many teachers are dropping the ball when it comes to growth mindset, relyin... Read More
Thursday, 19 May 2016 08:03
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If This Is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Right

If This Is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Right

Just Tell Me What To Do

One of the most frustrating classroom experiences occurs when students disengage from learning because they're scared to be wrong. As a teacher, I met many students who wanted someone to just give them the answer and now with my own children, I see it again. In many schools, students will sit and wait for the answer, whether that answer comes from another student or from the teacher. And if that answer doesn't come, many are unwilling to look for one themselves. Students often feel that the quest is only for the "right" answer, and they are more willing to wait and copy it down than to risk the possibility of putting in the work only to find out that it was wrong. Unfortunately, this perspective oftentimes generates surface learning, not deep learning. It can interfere with a student's entire notion of what learning is, causing them to think that school is a place to complete work, rather than grow one's mind.

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Brian Hanselman
Very interesting article. There is definitely a difference between the compliant learner and the engaged learner. Although they ca... Read More
Saturday, 03 January 2015 16:18
Lauren Mezzino
I think students are afraid to take risk because they are afraid to fail. I have several quotes on my office door that pertain to ... Read More
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gillian smith
* oh my gosh yes the class size makes a huge difference. I have begun to employ "student teachers". giving their peers an opport... Read More
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