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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.

The Art Walk

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The Art Walk is an annual event at our school. It has morphed into a “showcase of learning,” but it’s still mostly about the art. We had several different projects on display, but these watercolors were a big hit. Enjoy.

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In Defense of Memorization

Once upon a time children went to school and memorized poems. They memorized state capitals, multiplication tables, and presidents. They memorized chemical elements, French verb conjugations, and parts of speech. They memorized a lot. Those days aren’t completely gone, but they have certainly changed.il_340x270.672162861_qqz4

Trends in education have shifted away from rote memorization to concept development and understanding, and in most cases I believe that’s a good thing. If something is important enough to memorize, students should understand its importance. There is also a feeling that we live in an age where information is available at our fingertips through technology, so memorization isn’t so important anymore. Again, in most cases I would agree. Continue reading