Category Archive: growth mindset

The Intentional Educator Planner (Giveaway)

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I’ve always wanted to keep a reflective journal about my teaching but in the hustle and bustle of a busy school day, that seemed to be the first thing to go from list of “to-do’s.” I’m hopeful that having  a place to reflect right in my plan book will encourage me to take time to write down my thoughts and ideas each week. The 2017-2018 Intentional Educator Planner will be just the place!

Changing Tack: Learning from a Writing Conference

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It’s great to be prepared when we are conferring with our writers. However, being ‘prepared’ and being ‘present’ are not the same thing…

Growth Mindset in Writing Workshop + Giveaway

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How do we teach a growth mindset, along with all the other aspects of writing that require explicit instruction? Read on to find out more and for the chance to win an autographed copy of Growing a Growth Mindset: Unlocking Character Strengths through Children’s Literature by Dr. Kevin Sheehan and Jessica Ryan.

Carving Out Time: Authentic Purposes for Writing

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I believe in writing. I believe that the more you write, the more you discover your own thoughts and ideas. Your voice grows stronger. You become more fluent. Writing becomes a part of who you are, how you see the world, how you process your thoughts, how you communicate effectively with others. It is not enough for students to just write during writing workshop. Writing needs to be woven into the fabric of the day, across subject areas, in ways that are meaningful and authentic for students.

Mindset Matters

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Teaching students to have a growth mindset and truly understand what happens as they learn has been a big goal for me this year. Over the winter break, a book re-sparked my thinking and how I needed to more intentionally equate our mindset to our process as writers.

Writing: A Path to Become an Intentional Educator

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What if there was a way to build in opportunities to reflect, in writing, about my teaching right in the place where the lesson plans reside? And what if that place could also offer daily inspiration and opportunities to set positive intentions for the week ahead?

Kathleen’s One Little Word of 2016

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My fourth grade self’s advice, my grandmother’s influence, participating in the Literacy Leaders’ Forum, and even a Facebook quiz and a fortune cookie have all pointed me in the direction of my One Little Word for 2016…HAPPY.

An Eraser-Free Workshop and the Language We Use for Talking About It

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When I visit a classroom, one of the first things I often say to kids is, “Today, please don’t erase. I want to see ALL the great work you are doing as a writer. When you erase, your work disappears!” Often, this is what kids are accustomed to and they continue working away. But sometimes, kids stare at me as if I’ve got two heads.

Three Words for Fostering Adventurous Writers: “Just Try It.”

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At our house we have a rule at dinner time: You have to try everything on your plate. Personally, I think it’s a great rule, if I do say so myself. It’s a… Continue reading

Stacey’s One Little Word for 2015

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Sometimes I’m tempted to say, “I can’t…” or “I haven’t…” This year, I’m going to add one little word to those statements to keep myself on-track with a very important long-term goal I have.

A Picture Book That Pushes the Growth Mindset

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The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires will help you to initiate a conversation with about the importance of possessing a growth mindset. It’s also a fantastic mentor text for writing workshop!

Reflection and Growth: Writing in Preschool

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Have you ever found yourself in this place? A place where you begin to see something missing and immediately want to change? Be better? I hope so!

Anchor Charts in the World Language Classroom? Mais Oui!

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Learn how literacy coach Mindi Rench has helped middle school world language teachers to construct charts with their students, which has helped students’ writing in French and Spanish.