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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Here is a great article on what creates students "in-school" happiness. Take a look it has some great information. Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief.

How students' happiness affects their achievement
If students feel valued, safe and happy at school they are more likely to attend -- and more likely to learn -- suggests David L. Hough, professor and interim dean at the College of Education at Missouri State University. In this commentary, he writes about research conducted by his team that demonstrates the power of the classroom teacher in determining students' happiness, and offers insight into what determines students' in-school happiness at various ages. Springfield News-Leader (Mo.) (tiered subscription model) (9/13) Bookmark and Share

Friday, September 13, 2013

Here is some great research on the power of a "growth mindset" that supports much of the research on metacognition. Enjoy...courtesy of ASCD SmarBrief.

Instructional model focuses on students' attitudes, beliefs about their abilities
Students who believe they can become more intelligent and learn skills through effort have a "growth mindset" while students with a "fixed mindset" tend to believe they are born with the traits and can become discouraged by failure and reluctant to try, according to psychologists and researchers. Helping students use a "growth mindset" is gaining ground in schools as a strategy to improve student achievement; it focuses on challenges, learning from mistakes and maintaining confidence after failure. This article includes a short exercise by Mindset Works, a California-based company with "Brainology" curriculum in schools across the country, to determine one's own mindset. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (9/11)
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Monday, September 9, 2013

Project-based learning is based on thinking strategies and meta-cognition. Many schools in the U.S. are beginning to pilot the format. Hurray!! This is the intent of the CCSS. A must read...courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Project-based learning tapped for middle-school students in Va. district
A team of educators in a Virginia school district will study project-based learning, slated for implementation in two middle schools in the fall of 2015. Supporters say project-based learning will better engage students, including high-ability learners, and shift the focus away from test preparation and toward use of academic lessons in real-life situations. Daily Press (Newport News/Hampton, Va.) (free content) (8/13)
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