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1. How a growth mindset can counter unhealthy perfectionism

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

Helping students develop a growth mindset can help counter tendencies toward unhealthy perfectionism, educator Tricia Ebner writes in this blog post. Ebner describes how she opened the school year for her seventh-grade class with an article and discussion on the importance of failure in learning. She also has reframed her grading practices to allow students second and third chances to earn points when struggling. Center for Teaching Quality (04/12)


2. How teachers can tackle unconscious beliefs

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

Teachers need to acknowledge their mental models -- assumptions about people that unconsciously affect behavior -- to make education equitable for all students, transformational leadership coach Elena Aguilar writes in this blog post. She outlines a six-step process to shift this mindset. Edutopia.org (04/15)


3. Ideas on creating classroom guides for substitute teachers

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | Apr 17, 2015

Educators should create plans for substitute teachers by looking at their classroom from the perspective of someone unfamiliar with the students, sixth-grade literacy teacher Rhonda Stewart writes in this blog post. She describes how she structures her substitute-teacher folder, and provides links and photographs to some of the documents she includes. Scholastic.com (04/17)


4. 5 ways to combat burnout

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | Apr 17, 2015

Some teachers face a point when they feel burned out and consider leaving the profession, educator Johanna Rauhala writes in this blog post. She offers five tips -- from venting to a veteran teacher to planning community-building lessons -- to gain perspective and remember the joy of teaching. Edutopia.org (04/16)


5. Wyo. teachers differentiate math instruction through blended-grade groups

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

Educators at a Wyoming school are team-teaching combined classes of fifth- and sixth-grade students to differentiate math instruction. Teachers divide students into blended-grade, ability groups and then work with students to reteach concepts, help them progress at grade level or advance to higher level work. Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne) (04/11)


6. Study: 50% of secondary students engage in social media abuse

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

About 50% of middle- and high-school students who participated in a recent study admitted to engaging in social media abuse. That includes bullying, pressuring others to send graphic images and online stalking. Researchers found the problems were greater in wealthier school districts -- likely because students have greater access to technology. Detroit Free Press (04/13)


7. Study: Genetics plays role in child's motivation to learn

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

Researchers analyzed more than 13,000 identical twins ages 9 to 15 and found that a child's learning motivation was influenced by genetics and the environment, with each factor accounting for up to 50% of a child's motivation behavior. The findings were published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. HealthDay News (04/13)


8. Schools reconsider recess polices

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | Apr 17, 2015

Research shows physical activity and unstructured play are essential to cognitive growth. These findings have sparked changes in school policies in some states regarding withholding recess as a means of discipline. For example, Minnesota lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban the practice. Education Week (tiered subscription model) (04/15)


9. 5 essential tech tools to keep teachers learning

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

There is a big difference between simply harvesting the ideas of others and growing your own teaching capacity, says professional developer Curtis Chandler. Web-browsing teachers must spend time curating what's valuable to their work and finding opportunities online to stretch and grow. Chandler, the 2011 Kansas Teacher of the Year, recommends five digital tools to help make that happen. Read more.


10. How teachers can stay balanced as the year intensifies

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

Teaching responsibilities are piled high this time of year, writes educator Elizabeth Stein, and it's more important than ever to keep professional and personal lives "in the moment." Stein, a co-teaching coach and yoga practitioner, shares some ideas and resources to help fellow educators accomplish both goals. Read more.




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