“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” By Thomas A. Edison

Growth Mindset = the belief that intelligence can be developed. Helping students build growth mindset helps motivate students and improves student achievement. So how can we build growth mindsets in the classroom? Below are five ways and a toolkit of resources to also help.

  1. Teach students about the malleability of the brain and how it works. For example: The brain is a muscle. Also see Brainology® infomation below.
  2. Give authentic feedback (also known as process praise) verse praise. For example: You completed that project well vs you are smart.
  3. Value mistakes! Did you know…our brain is more active when we make mistakes.
  4. Change our language. For example:  Adding ‘yet’ to our words. – I am not good at fractions. vs I am not good at fractions yet. 
  5. Purposeful and meaningful learning that is relevant. 
    1. Pointless = de-motivating & frustrating
    2. Meaningful = motivating & energizing


Perts Mindset Toolkit and Perts Mindset Meter

Mindset Works – Especially the Brainology®


The Power of Believing That You Can Improve 

How Mistakes Make You Smarter

You Can Learn Anything

Kid President Videos


Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change By Stephen R. Covey

Daniel Pink’s Books


Six ways to teach growth mindset from day one of school

Growth Mindset: How to Normalize Mistake Making and Struggle in Class

Mindsets and Student Agency

If you have any resources to share to help educators build growth mindset, please share them in the comments.

“I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures…I divide the world into learners and nonlearners.” –Benjamin Barbez

One of the things I love most about Google is there are always improving and changing to make things better. Here are three of my favorite new tips and tricks:

  1. Classroom Extension: Save class time navigating to websites with the new Share to Classroom extension. “Push” a web link to your class and voila, the Chrome extension opens the page immediately on every student’s device.
  2. Voice Type: Google Docs gets an upgrade with voice typing, a new feature that lets you or your students dictate everything from a new assignment to the rough draft for their essay. I like using it to get all my ideas out faster then me typing- Maybe I should start doing my blog posts this way. :-)
  3. New Templates: Google released new templates for docs, sheets, and slides. Click the ‘more’ button to see extra options, organized by type, such as school.

“The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.” By Nathaniel Branden


The Global Goals site is a great resource to help add global awareness into your classroom. One way to start is on September 25th, 2015 for the World Largest Lesson, where 193 world leaders will commit to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. There ate 17 goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years such as end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice or fix climate change. If every school in the world teaches children about these goals, we will help them become the generation that changed the world. Allowing students to choice which goal they are most passionate about is a great way to add personalization.

The World’s Largest Lesson has a teacher guide, lesson ideas (for all different age levels) and info on the goals. Here are three quick ideas from their site that you can do with your class to be apart of the movement.

  1. Take a Global Selfie with a message or do a class selfie with a goal
  2. Take the Dizzy Goals
  3. Record We the People Video

Other great sites to add to your resource kit for brining global awareness into your classroom.

Global Citizen

Global Dimension and Worlds Largest Lesson Global Dimension Toolkit with more lesson

Popular Global Awareness Books

ICYMI: Think It Up

“I like the challenge of trying different things and wondering whether it’s going to work or whether I’m going to fall flat on my face.” By Johnny Depp

On Friday all three major networks, CBS, NBC and ABC, aired a live show called Think It Up. (If you missed it, watch it. It gave me chills and hope that we are moving in the right direction) Think It Up inspires public school students in grades 7-12 to pursue their passions through student-powered, teacher-led learning projects. They have partnered with donors choose and others such as Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in order to help support educators and change classrooms. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter. To get started with Think It Up Educators go to thinkitup.org/getstarted

Other great opportunities to bring to the classroom that Think It Up referred to are below:

Just Keep Livin

Global Citizenship

Project XQ

Change Makers

*ICYMI = In Case You Missed It – They also featured this video that has been popular on YouTube called Teaching Center

More than 60% of the jobs of the future don’t even exist yet…are you preparing your students for your world or theirs?

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” by Marcus Aurelius

Periscope is a FREE and easy to use app that lets you explore the world by watching and creating live broadcasts anytime and anywhere. Viewers can also interact with you through messaging or ‘liking’ with hearts. The videos as of now, only last for 24 hours to review after the live broadcast. Below are ways you can use it in your classroom:

  1. Bring in real world and global relevance through virtually visiting with an expert. How great would it be to watch a live broadcast that you set up with an expert while they are in ‘action’. Example periscope with a scientist as they are working in the lab.
  2. Have students create ‘how to’ or show their thinking videos on any topic or subject in real-time. Example: Have a student explain how to multiple and divide fractions. This video can then be used to help others in the classroom if they get stuck on an activity or on homework.
  3. Have an open classroom (or PD session) by broadcasting what is going on in your classroom. This allows others to ‘see’ into your classroom. Example: Have other teachers watch best practices in action or a student that is absent can now be apart of the class while they are away.

When using any technology in the classroom make sure to think about CIPA, COPPA and FERPA laws. Be aware that you will want to have a classroom account (especially if your students are under 13) as you will want to make sure you set up the account so students have a safe environment. For example you might want to shut off comments as you don’t know what people will write or you might want the videos private verse public.

I would love to hear other ways you can use Periscope in the classroom, please share in the comments below.

“Inside every great teacher, there is an even greater one waiting to come out.” By Author Unknown

An excellent post from my friend and ASCD Emerging Leader colleague Brianna Crowley.  Source: Building Empathy From the Start: A New First Day Tradition?

“Social media is the ultimate equalizer. It gives a voice and a platform to anyone willing to engage.” By Amy Jo Martin

I was lucky to meet Dr. Will at #ISTE15 this year at a Personalized Learning PLN breakfast. A few weeks ago I was excited to be on the famous Dr Will show. Dr. Will start blogging in 2009 when he was a Family Life Educator. Since becoming an instructional technologist, the blog has evolved to focus on the educational applications of going digital. Via timely and engaging articles, vlogs, and podcasts, his mission is to empower, educate, and lead discussions about how educators are using a multitude of technologies for professional development and for reimagining their classrooms. You should check out his website and follow his vblogs to learn more from educators all over the world and what they are doing in their classrooms and/or district. Check out the vblog where he featured Personalized Learning below:


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