I am so excited the start of the school year! I can’t believe it is already October. My name is Amy Kinder and I represent 4th-6th grade teachers throughout the state of Utah. It fills with me great joy that as a teacher each and every year, we get a new chance to refine and enhance our instruction. At the end and beginning of each year, we get a chance to reflect on our experiences and then learn from our reflections. Take a moment and REFLECT on your instruction.
Self is a very powerful tool to improving and refining education.
INSPIRING MATH RESEARCH
GROWTH MINDSET: Don’t say “YOU’RE SMART!” to students EVER AGAIN.
Yes, I said it. Now, if you disagree, PREPARE YOURSELF to be amazed.
Take a moment to hear about it yourself by Carol Deck herself.
In summary: The stunning result is that praising children for being SMART or
intelligent HINDERS them! Instead, we should praise them for their effort and hard
work, but NOT for being good/smart/great/intelligent.
LET’S TAKE IT A STEP FURTHER… GROWTH MINDSET IN MATHEMATICS:
To Learn More: Check out Jo Boaler’s newest book Mathematical Mindsets. I found this book INSPIRING and EYE-OPENING! It is A MUST READ for EVERY math teacher. Help banish math anxiety and give students of all ages a clear roadmap to success! Mathematical Mindsets provides practical strategies and activities to help teachers and parents. Show all children, even those who are convinced that they are bad at math that they can enjoy and succeed in math. Jo Boaler-Standard researcher, professor of math education, and expert on math learning- has studied why students don’t like math and often fail in math classes. She has focused her research on finding the most effective way to unleash the math potential in all students.
Check out Jo Boaler’s website https://www.youcubed.org/ Join the YOUCUBED Revolution!
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