August 15, 2015See All Newsletters
Sign up now
Copy
View this email in your browser
Logo Icon Share
August 15, 2015
This Week: Growth Mindset in Action
Main IMG
Icon Play
Two new videos highlight growth mindset practices in action.
Icon Play
Discover great lesson planning tools and resources in our virtual backpack and contribute your own ideas!
Icon Play
Natalie Franzi and Steve Figurelli share how they’ve used five digital writing tools that promote authentic writing experiences for students.
Sarah's Notes

We all have educator-heroes and my list is a long one. I’m always picking their brains to discover what they’re contemplating, struggling with, and getting inspired by. So, it’s no surprise that I turned to one of my favorites, Byron Darnall, a principal in Bowling Green, Kentucky, to find out what his first day with teachers was going to be like. “We’re going to do this Rube Goldberg experience,” he said. “Teachers are going to bring in materials from home and we’re going to see if we can build some simple machines.” Then he continued, “We can’t just come in and sit. If we want our kids to think and create in these ways, so do we.” Exactly.

Building culture is so much more than a poster of a vision statement or syllabus that extolls the merits of student-centered learning. Culture isn’t just what we say, it’s the accumulation of our habits, it’s the impact of our actions. And while I firmly believe that the language we choose, the mantras we repeat, are crucial in creating classroom culture, I also know it’s the experience of our collective actions that our learners carry with them. Like Rube Goldberg, who was famous for generating these overly complex renderings of very simple machines, we too must recognize the difference between our purpose and the complex apparatus we can so easily build around it.

Enjoy!

P.S. New teachers, let’s get better together! Learn more about our free interactive Teaching Channel Teams group here.

Sarah Sarah Sig
Teacher Laureate at Teaching Channel
ADVERTISEMENT
Ad
Tchers’ Voice
Img LeftMaricela Montoy-Wilson outlines three strategies that will help your students develop a growth mindset.


 
Img LeftLily Jones walks you through a backwards-design process for building strong classroom culture.

 
Q&A: Answer These Questions
Q: How can I build the classroom as a community?
Q: What are some critical thinking strategies to foster growth mindset?
Q: How would you conduct morning meeting for the first few days of 5th Grade?
Job Opportunities Powered by EdSurge
The EdSurge Jobs Board  United States and International
 
XSEED Education  Gurgaon, India
 
Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School  New York, NY
 
DC Public Schools  Washington, DC
 
Achievement First Remote

Are you hiring? Fill out this quick form to post with us!
 

Mark Your Calendar
Icon Cal  
Educators, administrators, and edtech organizations can apply for the second annual Digital Innovation in Learning Awards (or DILAs), a joint effort by EdSurge and Digital Promise to celebrate accomplishments in edtech. To apply, candidates must submit a video of up to three minutes. Learn more at the DILAs website. Applications are due August 24, 2015.
Connect With Teaching Channel
Btn Tw Btn Fb Btn Pin
Teaching Channel is better when you connect with other teachers:
Btn Invite
You are receiving this email because you subscribed to our newsletter through teachingchannel.org

Interested in advertising with us? Email ads@teachingchannel.org
Copyright © 2015 Teaching Channel. All rights reserved Teaching Channel
2201 Broadway, Suite 400
Oakland, CA 94612