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Tapping into G-R-I-T to enhance students’ ‘burn to learn’

Education Dive – Paul G. Stoltz

“These tough times are key opportunities to help students effectively harness their GRIT™ — Growth, Resilience, Instinct, and Tenacity. Rather than offering them sympathetic advice like, “It could be so much worse,” direct them with GRIT questions. Ask them to dig deeper so they can achieve their goals, even in the midst of struggles.” (more)

Is Assessment Ready to Move Beyond Standardized Tests? These MIT Researchers Think So.

Ed Surge – Emily Tate

“In recent years, educators have spent countless collective hours designing, experimenting with and implementing new kinds of learning experiences for students—learning experiences that are fun, engaging and formative. But assessments haven’t evolved at the same pace. As a result, there is a disconnect between what schools value and what they measure. But it’s a tough nut to crack, because many of the skills and characteristics treasured most are in fact the hardest to evaluate.” (more)

Learning to Be Flexible

Edutopia – Ashlee Tripp

“If you asked my coworkers to describe me, they probably wouldn’t arrive at the word flexible. Routines, to-do lists, and structures calm me. When my roster hit 36 a couple years ago, I shoved yet another desk into my room and carried on. But watching the athletes among my juniors and seniors squeeze into desks made for pre-growth-spurt underclassmen finally made me feel a need for change.” (more)

3 ways to help students access their knowledge

E-School News – Stacey Pusey

“Learning seems like a simple process. The information goes in (encoding), the learner attempts to commit information to memory (storage), and then the learner tries to recall the lesson (access). Even though the ability to recall and apply the knowledge is critical, teachers spend the majority of class time focused on getting the information in. During the edWebinar “Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning,” Pooja K. Agarwal, Ph.D., cognitive scientist and founder of, and Patrice M. Bain, Ed.S., educational specialist, veteran teacher, and author, discussed their research into the benefits of retrieval practice and emphasizing the third step of the learning equation.” (more)

Women and girls less likely to be considered for ‘brainy’ tasks – study

The Guardian – Nicola Davis

“Women and girls are less likely to be seen as suited to brainy tasks, researchers have found, in the latest study to shed light on gender biases. Female students do better at school and are more likely to go to university than their male peers. However, the latest study reveals that females are deemed intellectually inferior, and that such prejudices are present not only in adults of both sexes but in children too.” (more)

There’s a reason your child wants to read the same book over and over again

The Conversation – Jane Herbert and Elisabeth Duursma

“We often hear about the benefits of reading storybooks at bedtime for promoting vocabulary, early literacy skills, and a good relationship with your child. But the experts haven’t been in your home, and your child requests the same book every single night, sometimes multiple times a night. You both know all the words off by heart.” (more)