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Getting Busy With Prezi

What do you do when you’re busy? Get busier, of course.

Why is it that when I’m already pulled in a million directions I feel like it’s the perfect time to take on something new? Maybe because my brain is in overdrive and it feels competent and energized? Or maybe because my common sense has abandoned me?

Either way, IUnknown.jpeg decided that I should learn how to use Prezi presentation software. I’ve seen it in action a few times, and to me it’s far more engaging than good old PowerPoint (no worries, PP, I’ll still be using you for many years to come, I’m sure).
I visited their website and was delighted to learn that educators can use a version of Prezi for free upon verification of their status (it was easy, just submit school email and website). The tutorial is straightforward, and blessedly short. In under five minutes I had created my first Prezi.

Of course that first one had about as much complexity and polish as a first grader’s attempt at poetry, but it’s a start. I keep pushing my students to try new things and stretch their brains, so it stands to reason that I should do the same. I plan on playing around with Prezi more in the future. In fact there’s a report on the Mayan culture that we just wrote that would look great as a Prezi. Oh yes, this is going to be good!


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The Power of Yet

As an educator, I have a drive to constantly improve my teaching skills. It is imperative that I never stop learning about HOW people learn, and how I can best help them along that road.

Dr. Carol Dweck’s research into the topic is fascinating and so important for educators, and really everyone to consider. We all have the capacity to learn, but what propels some while others hold back? Her answer is our mindset, whether we have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset.

This video is about ten minutes long, and very informative. I would love to hear your thoughts on it, and on fixed v. growth mindset in general.