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October 18, 2014
This Week: What’s Your Teacher Mindset?
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Blogger Lily Jones shares reassuring words and tips for coming to terms with the neverending job of being a teacher.
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Renown psychologist Carol Dweck emphasizes struggle in student work, but her research is important for teachers to remember.
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What does it mean to see the world as an “amateur” instead of as an expert? One mindset stops us from seeking, risking, and trying, and the other helps make our job infinitely more exciting.
Sarah's Notes

We all make mistakes. When a friend slips up, we’re forgiving, we’re supportive, we have empathy. When it comes to making mistakes while teaching, many of us still think perfection is the goal. This week, as we focus on the teacher mindset, let’s take a moment to embrace our mistakes — they help us learn!

As fortune would have it, Teaching Channel’s cameras just happened to be in my classroom on one of those less than auspicious days when the lesson I had planned fell apart. Watch it unravel and then watch me rally to try to save it for the next class. Even though it’s not pretty, I’m proud of this one. It’s my catalyst for reflection and resolution and I hope it inspires you to shift how you’re thinking about your teaching practice. Watch When a Lesson Goes Wrong.

Sarah Sarah Sig
Teacher Laureate at Teaching Channel
Tchers’ Voice
Img LeftTch’s Gretchen Vierstra shares smart ideas to make text-based evidence, graphing exercises, and nocturnal animals spooky fun.
Img LeftOur Fall book is How We Learn by The New York Times science reporter Benedict Carey. Uncover the surprising research on how you can use classroom distractions, intuition, and even procrastination to your advantage.
Q&A: Answer These Questions
Q: What’s your favorite protocol for looking at student work?
Q: Learning stations: What is the best way to set them up and hold students accountable for each station?
Q: I’m looking for ways to integrate ELA standards into my science and social studies lessons. Ideas?
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