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Building a Metacognitive Classroom

Edutopia – Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers

“Teaching students basic knowledge about the brain’s potential can have a positive impact on their motivation, grit, and achievement. In particular, explicitly teaching them that learning changes the structure and function of their brains can be transformational in building a stronger belief in the value of working hard to master new material. Teachers who explain these findings report that the knowledge has a positive effect on students’ perceptions of their abilities as well as on their expectations for success.” (more)

Learning From Olympians: How Classroom Champions Is Pairing Athletes With Schools to Offer Unique Lessons on Grit, Goals, and Perseverance

The 74 Million – Kate Stringer

“She’s one of the best bobsledders in the world. She was one of the first women to compete against men in the four-man bobsled. She’s won two world championships, Olympic silver and bronze, and is a favorite for the gold this year in PyeongChang, South Korea. Olympian Elana Meyers Taylor is also a mentor for six classrooms in the United States, sharing her own lessons in perseverance, determination, and grit with hundreds of students every month.” (more)

School marks are important. But resilience is the real indicator of success

The Guardian – Johanna Leggatt

“Sometimes the high achievers go on to fruitful and varied careers, but sometimes their light burns out early. Stories filter back of how they “lost it” at university. Not used to studying in an unstructured environment, they gulped down their freedom too quickly and greedily, and the last anyone saw of them was a chance encounter at a pool hall somewhere up the coast. Often it’s the rebel who takes everyone by surprise. They’ve got four side hustles, three books to their name, and a reliable stream of passive income. While you have spent a fortune to come to the reunion, they’re making money off their online deals website while chatting over canapés.”(more)

Research every teacher should know: growth mindset

The Guardian – Bradley Busch

“Growth mindset – the idea that intelligence can be developed rather than it being set in stone – is arguably the most popular psychological theory in education at the moment. It was launched into mainstream consciousness after a seminal growth mindset study almost 20 years ago and has since spawned many assemblies and form tutor-time activities. But what were the findings of this influential study?.”(more)

How to Measure Success Without Academic Achievement

Ed Surge – Elizabeth Anthony

“The question of how to measure success in life is one typically left to philosophy classes or late nights at the bar. It is a complex, perhaps unanswerable question. In the words of the cast of Rent, how do you measure a life? So it’s really a wonder that we consider the definition of success for personalized learning programs to be so simple. Can the success of any educational initiative be measured by academic achievement alone? This June, a subset of the education world was upended when RAND released a report detailing the components of personalized-learning implementations and the effects this model has on students.”(more)

Chinese children crush Americans in math thanks to a mindset Americans only display in one place: sports

Business Insider – Libby Kane

“For the most part, American children aren’t great at math. But Chinese children tend to be excellent. Testing half a million students worldwide, the Program for International Student Assessment is one of the most widely cited measurements of global education, and it’s consistently found Chinese students at the top of the academic pile … and Americans much nearer the bottom. Some experts argue that the PISA assessment, like any standardized tests, primarily measures a student’s ability to take the test, not their knowledge, but hardly anyone disputes that the American education has some work to do when it comes to math.”(more)