Tag: student success

Cultivating Awareness

A quick thought to share as I learn more about encouraging mindfulness in my students, especially those with anxiety issues.

Too much of the education system orients students toward becoming better thinkers, but there is almost no focus on our capacity to pay attention and cultivate awareness. We can learn to bring together the body’s various systems to fine tune the body and mind, so we can navigate life’s ups and downs in a way that minimizes stress and maximizes well-being.

– Jon Kabat-Zinn, in conversation with Stephan Rechtschaffen, cofounder of the Omega Institute via Mindful magazine


J.K. Rowling on the Fringe Benefits of Failure

Thanks all for your patience during my (continued) self-imposed hiatus during a supplying/track and field busy season! To tide you over, here’s a great talk by J.K. Rowling on failure, its hidden benefits, and the importance of human imagination and empathy.


TED Talk: Diana Laufenberg — How to learn? From mistakes.

A bit of a late-night post, but after an inspiring #edchat, I went looking for more inspiration from my favourite source, TED Talks. This is a fantastic one. Diana Laufenberg, an American educator, talks about providing authentic learning opportunities for students by posing a problem and letting them own it, mistakes and all.

We deal right now in the educational landscape with an infatuation with the culture of one right answer that can be properly bubbled on the average multiple choice test. I am here to share with you, it is not learning… to tell kids to never be wrong. To ask them to always have the right answer doesn’t allow them to learn.”

One of my favourite takeaways (besides the quote above) was a belief that I share with Laufenberg, and one we could all be reminded of in our hustle-and-bustle world of education:

The things that kids will say when you ask them and take the time to listen is extraordinary.

Book Review: Carol Dweck’s Mindset

I recently had the good fortune to attend an informative professional development session on encouraging growth mindsets in our students. Carol Dweck, a Stanford psychologist who studies and teaches on motivation, personality and development, was a focus of this session. Her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (2006), explores the issues of growth mindsets

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Book Review: Ken Robinson’s The Element

Sir Ken Robinson is like a rock-star of the educational world. I’ve always been very familiar with his TED Talks, which inspire creativity and education reform. I had not known that he also had published books on the very same issue until his first book, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative was re-released

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Report Cards for the Modern Age

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Good Education just ran a fantastic contest where it asked readers for a redesign of the traditional report card, making it “visually appealing, informative, and inspirational, and give context to student achievement.” Click on the thumbnails to check out some of the selection below (the first, which features a “student” named Stephanie Paige Jobs, is

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TED Talk: Adora Svitak on Empowering Youth

Watch this amazing young woman, Adora Svitak, speaking out on the creativity and hopefulness of youth, and how we can best nurture that: through high expectations and opportunities for success. I think this lesson applies inside and outside the classroom.

“When expectations are low—trust me—we will sink to them.”

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