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We know you want to keep your kids busy during this tumultuous time. Many teachers and parents are scrambling to find academic materials, but are finding that students also need to learn how to be independent learners and persevere through challenges.
First, let me start by saying: Read this blog. Don’t read this blog. Save it for later. Or make it disappear forever. Your choice. We all have decisions and choices to make right now. Small, big, life changing. Decision fatigue is real. Rapid change is here.
Research has shown that people with 3 times more positive emotions than negative ones are more resilient and have a relatively higher rate of successful reintegration. Emotional resilience equips people with the much-needed psychological strength to cope with stress and hardships, preventing them from falling apart or getting overwhelmed.
With a bright and shiny new year ahead, many teachers and students are ready to try something different. But with so many ideas out there, it can be tough to pick one area of focus. If you’re reading this post, you understand and believe in the power of the growth mindset. However, did you know that the growth mindset belief, that we can develop our intellectual abilities over time, is not enough? Something equally as important as believing you can improve is knowing how to do so.
It was late fall of 2017 when my superintendent came to me and asked, “What are we going to do about the state of our kindergarten classrooms?” It was not news that the climate of our classrooms had becoming increasingly challenging and teachers were exhausting themselves trying to meet the diverse needs of our students, but how we responded to this challenge mattered. It mattered for the welfare of our students, but it also mattered for the welfare of our teachers. So, this is where the journey began.