Monday, October 27, 2014

Do classroom decorations disrupt kindergartners’ learning?

Maps, number lines, shapes, artwork and other materials tend to cover elementary classroom walls. However, new research from Carnegie Mellon University shows that too much of a good thing may be bad because heavily decorated classrooms end up disrupting attention and learning in young children.

Watch the short, 4-minute video below.

Or read the article here.

The official study can be found here.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

What teachers need | American RadioWorks |

How often do we hear that "people are born to be teachers"? While there are aspects of this statement that may be true, it devalues teaching as a profession and turns it merely into an art form. If teachers want to be treated like professionals, then we need to act as if great teachers are MADE rather than great teachers are born.

Take 15 minutes to listen to this wonderful podcast interview with Elizabeth Green, author of Building a Better Teacher.

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Praising intelligence versus praising effort

Take 5 minutes to watch this profoundly interesting video on the effects of praising student intelligence versus praising student effort. In a nutshell, when we praise a student for his intelligence we force him into a posture of a fixed mindset. In contrast, praising a student for his effort has the ultimate effect of teaching that student to have a growth mindset.

Praising effort = GOOD
Praising intelligence = NOT SO GOOD

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Why the Growth Mindset is the Only Way to Learn

Do you know what these statements have in common? They’re all examples of the fixed mindset- the belief that intelligence, ability, and success are static qualities that can’t be changed.

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