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 In an unpublished study, Shari Steadman and I found that pre-service teachers often identified acts of compliance as engagement.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…

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…

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Building Students’ Thinking Skills with a Morning Announcement Routine

We knew from test results and our own observations that we needed to focus school-wide on building critical thinking skills. As principal, I wanted to play an active role in that effort. I wanted to model excitement for critical thinking that would be contagious. But how could I engage all…

What keeps students motivated to learn

What Keeps Students Motivated to Learn?

A panel of seven students attending schools that are part of the “deeper learning” movement gave their perspective on what it means for them to learn and how educators can work to create a school culture that fosters creativity, collaboration, trust, the ability to fail, and perhaps most importantly, one…

You can enjoy hard things

You Can Enjoy Hard Things

I began my research by asking my son, “What inspires you to keep working, even when the work is difficult?” His quick reply was, “I keep working by choosing the most challenging thing I’ve had a lesson on.

Easy as Pi

Easy as Pi

I asked this group of well-educated professionals what they remembered from their own education about pi. Someone responded, “3.14159.” “You’re right,” I said, “that is the value of pi, but does anyone remember what pi means?”

Teaching students to embrace mistakes

Teaching Students to Embrace Mistakes

The Science Behind Mistakes: Telling students they need to take advantage of the feedback they get isn’t just good advice — it’s established science. In the last few decades, researchers have discovered a lot about how people become experts. The main idea, made popular by everyone from author Malcolm Gladwell…

What happens when 5th graders run the classroom

What Happens When 5th Graders Run the Classroom: A SOLE in Action

Eleven-year-old running a classroom? That could sound outlandish to some elementary school teachers, but not to Joe Jamison, or “Mr. J” as he is affectionately called by his fifth-grade students at Lawrence Intermediate School in central New Jersey. “I learn from my kids,” says Mr. J,

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