A few things I have come across in recent days have really resonated with me. I was struck by this New York Times Article entitled Nudges that Help Struggling Students Succeed. As someone who just this year started teaching Growth Mindset, it really reaffirmed to me that the small things that we say to individual students really matter. Perhaps even better, it gave me even more ideas for putting these positive "nudges" into my practice.
That's all from me. Gretchen is going to take it from here. She's found three things that have caught her attention this week. Read on for more ideas and inspiration.
An article on MindShift titled How to Help Students Develop a Love of Reading emphasizes the role of parents and family on reading culture. The article asserts that it is key that "learning about the world through books become a family value instead of a school responsibility." I love this idea and wish that we would take away minutes and pages from regular homework assignments, however, I wonder if this shift is possible in all families. The piece had some great ideas that I think parents and educators alike can use, such as don't be the literature police (any and all reading counts) and use technology to get students involved in online reading communities.
I have thought a lot about mindfulness in relation to parenting my own two boys, however, Pause, Refocus, Assess: Meditation in the Classroom discusses the value of a regular classroom meditation practice. I think that his practical approach and impact assessment make this kind of practice accessible and approachable.
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