Foster creative thinking

8 Ways to Stimulate Creativity in Children

All that a child needs is fresh air and love and sunshine, they used to say. But these days, everybody knows that creativity is just about as essential. Some parents and teachers often make the mistake of assuming that some children are born creative. That’s not true because creativity is…

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Grit to Great

It was New Year around the corner and the air rang of ‘let-your-hair-down’ in the holiday season. It was at such a time that I got talking to a long-lost friend who had moved a couple of years ago. I remembered that she was particularly worried about her son who…

Carol Dweck: Mindset

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, in decades of research on achievement and success, has discovered a truly groundbreaking idea–the power of our mindset. Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success–but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes…

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Growing Minds: Salman Khan

Growing Your Mind

Your mental abilities are not fixed. Sal explains how your brain grows when you struggle with problems.

Growth Mindset: Carol Dweck

The Growth Mindset

You can Learn anything. Sal talks with Stanford Professor Carol Dweck about her research on the Growth Mindset.

Engage Kids with 7x Effect

Engage Kids with 7x the Effect

Excerpt: So, what is engagement? It depends on whom you ask. In an unpublished study, Shari Steadman and I found that pre-service teachers often identified acts of compliance as engagement. Wrote one education major, “Engagement is an agreement between student[s] and teachers to be there and present during class.” This…

Positive, Not Punitive Classroom Management

Positive, Not Punitive, Classroom Management Tips

Excerpt: Let’s start with a question I’ve been asked on more than one occasion. “I know my content and like my students, but sometimes it’s hard to get them under control so I can teach my lesson. What tips for classroom management can you give me?” My general answer is…

Appeal to Value

To Help Students Learn, Appeal to What They Value

Excerpt: Greg was among my toughest students in a tough year of teaching high school. Physically he attended class, but academically he was missing. He was a freshman invested in his image with older students he deemed cool, and academic achievement was not a group value. He was disruptive and…