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How to Teach Growth Mindset on a Budget of 10 Minutes

This post may contain affiliate links.  Please see my disclosure here. My guess is that you fall into one of two categories.  Either your administration is pushing hard for growth mindset instruction OR you’ve done research and want to incorporate these concepts because you know they can be transformative.  In either case, you have 6 hours […]

The Ultimate Guide to Helping Students Shift Self-Talk from a Fixed Mindset to a Growth Mindset

This post may contain affiliate links.  Please see my disclosure here. “I can’t do this stuff!” Suddenly Jackson’s math paper sails across the table. Even though you immediately want to retort, “Jackson, we’re only 4.2 seconds into math time,” you know that won’t help.  His confidence is zero. Begging him to try won’t change that. […]

The Top 3 Ways to Provide Emotional Support for Your Most Challenging Students

Fists clenched.  Your jaw… well, you actually wonder how your teeth aren’t chipping or shattered yet.  Jamie’s done it again.  You know because you see Hiram’s face tucked in his arm. Based on the heaving movements of his body, you know his tears are flowing strong.  What did she say or do this time?  Deep […]

Tips for Keeping Your Kids Active and Engaged During the Summer

  This post may contain affiliate links.  Please see my disclosure. You barely make it to Saturday morning (GASP! Yes, ONE day after school gets out) at the end of the school year and you hear, “MOM, I’m BOOOORED!” HERE. WE. GO.  #sigh You patiently (#butnotsopatiently) ask, “Well, what do you want to do?” “I don’t […]

6 Teacher Tips for Surviving the End of the School Year

This post may contain affiliate links.  Please see my disclosure here. Are you counting days, hours, and minutes until summer vacation? Do you give your school papers a ride home each night and find that it was merely a field trip? Those ungraded papers remain just that…. ungraded. Have your students forgotten all the classroom rules […]

Ordinary People Change the World: A Review of Brad Meltzer’s Biography Series

This post may contain affiliate links.  Please see my disclosure here. I’m going to be honest.  When given a choice, I don’t reach for biographies…. ever.  I am a wee bit history phobic and have a very difficult time remembering dates and places.  Don’t even get me started on trying to remember people’s names.  It’s […]

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