Saturday, February 1, 2014


The "3 R's" of Teacher Language

    Sometimes we are so focused on teaching literacy skills to students, we lose track of how our own language might be influencing student learning. The Responsive Classroom has some tips on using language to reinforce, remind, and redirect in the classroom: 

Growth Vs. Fixed Mindset

      Our particular mindset is something that touches each of us no matter what role we are in in our jobs and personal lives.  It is especially crucial when thinking about our work in education with students. Carol Dweck published her work on mindset back in 2006, but has been receiving a great deal of attention lately.
      The infographic below is an excellent summary of growth vs. fixed mindset and I've copied a brief definition from Brainpickings:   
 A “fixed mindset” assumes that our character, intelligence, and creative ability are static givens which we can’t change in any meaningful way. A “growth mindset,” on the other hand, thrives on challenge and sees failure not as evidence of unintelligence but as a heartening springboard for growth and for stretching our existing abilities. Out of these two mindsets, which we manifest from a very early age, springs a great deal of our behavior, our relationship with success and failure in both professional and personal contexts, and ultimately our capacity for happiness.

What is your mindset?

 How does it influence the work you do in education? 

Upcoming Literacy PD at WISD

Writing Collaborative (grades 4-12):
  • February 6, 7, and March 7, 2014 at WISD 8:30-3:30
  • April 29, 30, and May 16, 2014 at WISD 8:30-3:30 
  •  ***NEW:    June 18, 19, 20  2014 at WISD 8:30-3:30

*All details, costs, and registrations can be found on WISDGoSignMeUP!
Reading Apprenticeship (grades 4-12):
April 22, 23 and May 14, 2014 at WISD 8:30-3:30  

*All details, costs, and registrations can be found on WISDGoSignMeUP!

***CANCELED:   Dr. Timothy Shanahan on elementary literacy and the CCSS.  March 11th , 2014  12:30-3:30

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