Tag Archives: Mindset

Mindset and Understanding How The Brain Does What it Does

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In A Mindset for Learning, authors Kristine Mraz and Christine Hertz show teachers how, through explicit instruction, they can their turn classroom thinking from that of a fixed mindset to one of a growth mindset, and how together students and teachers can create classrooms of risk and resilience. In the following excerpt, the authors talk about the power that our brain's established neural pathways have over our interpretation of information, and how we have the power to change. 

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PLC Series: The Mathematics of Hope

Welcome to the Heinemann PD Professional Learning Community Series! This month, we highlight and discuss the language of mathematics.

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"When students spend all their time in math class answering discrete questions to which the answers are either right or wrong, it is very difficult to develop a growth mindset or to believe that mathematics is about growth and learning."    -Jo Boaler

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Mathematics education expert Jo Boaler believes that if teachers can shift their mathematics classrooms from places of performance to places of struggle, students will be able to harness the mindset necessary to grow as learners. In addition to sharing research findings about how brain growth occurs when errors are made, Jo elaborates on a list of practices that need to disappear as well as describes clear changes that need to occur in math classrooms in the United States.

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What Do You Talk About With Different Kinds Of Play?

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In Purposeful Play, Kristi Mraz, Alison Porcelli, and Cheryl Tyler list the different types of play and the most productive conversation that can come from each. When students are playing outside—what Cheryl calls "rough and tumble play" in today's video—the conversation becomes one about empathy, negotiation, and problem-solving. In games with rules, kids learn and talk about self-control, self-regulation, and what it means to win or lose.

Purposeful Play: A Teacher's Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day is the newest book from authors Kristi Mraz, Alison Porcelli, and Cheryl Tyler. "We believe there is play in work and work in play," write the three coauthors. "It helps to have practical ways to carry that mindset into all aspects of curriculum."

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Different Types Of Play And When They Fit

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In Purposeful Play, Kristi Mraz, Alison Porcelli, and Cheryl Tyler list four different types of play that kids engage in throughout the day. Each type of play has its specific context, and utilizing those contexts in the classrooms help you ignite deep and joyful learning.

Purposeful Play: A Teacher's Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day is the newest book from authors Kristi Mraz, Alison Porcelli, and Cheryl Tyler. "We believe there is play in work and work in play," write the three coauthors. "It helps to have practical ways to carry that mindset into all aspects of curriculum."

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Purposeful Play: Thinking About The Processes In Play

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In the classroom, when play is happening, it's incredibly spontaneous. "Really powerful play," says Kristi Mraz in this video, "has little explosions of change happening throughout it." While that may be overwhelming, it allows for great opportunities to teach. Kristi Mraz, Alison Porcelli, and Cheryl Tyler want to show you how.

Purposeful Play: A Teacher's Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day is the newest book from authors Kristi Mraz, Alison Porcelli, and Cheryl Tyler. "We believe there is play in work and work in play," write the three coauthors. "It helps to have practical ways to carry that mindset into all aspects of curriculum."

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Play Is The Work Of Children

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Almost all teachers are worried about benchmarks and standards coming from all directions, and oftentimes you'll hear, "I don't have time to play because we have all this work to do."  But authors Kristi Mraz, Alison Porcelli, and Cheryl Tyler see play as the work of children. In this video, they'll convince you.

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