By Jim Grant, SDE Founder and Consultant
My most popular workshop for parents and educators today is “Grit and Growth Mindset: The Key to Perseverance.” As a presenter, I have discovered that one workshop will often give birth to another. This was the case with my new workshop on anxious/stressed children. I have observed that anxiety and stress is often one of the reasons why some students haven’t yet become gritty or developed a growth mindset. Not too long ago ADD/ADHD was the most common issue for referring children who struggled. Today, school officials report that anxiety and stress are the top psychological problems for children Continue reading
By Anni Stipek, SDE Educational Consultant
What does it mean to be a critical thinker and how can we help develop critical thinkers in the classroom? I might just have an idea or two for you. Join me for the first part of this series.
Let’s first start with the definition of Critical Thinking:
“the process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information to reach an answer or conclusion.”
One thing is clear, students who have Continue reading
Every day you seem to hear or read about a school or district that’s buying iPads for the classroom. This alone is an astonishing development. The iPad hasn’t really been around all that long. And educators aren’t known for being early adopters of any technology.
Yet, it’s easy to explain the device’s popularity. It’s small, affordable, easy to use, and portable. It’s engaging and exciting for students. It adds a new dimension of fun to learning. For those reasons alone, it’s here to stay, you can bet on that. Yet the speed at which it is being brought into classrooms can be overwhelming. Especially for teachers who have to figure out how to turn it into a legitimate, integrated, and successful learning tool.
Here are 6 common mistakes teachers make Continue reading
By Laureen Reynolds, SDE Educational Consultant
As I was thinking about what to entice you with in this post within the realm of writing, I was reviewing my posts over the last two years. I noticed that while we have had conversations about writing to accommodate the standards and, most recently, about including some technology into our writing plans, I neglected to start you at the beginning of writing.
What makes writing instruction fun? How do we engage students more readily? What kinds of things can we do to Continue reading