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The New Scarlet Letter

Something’s Gotta Give

Educators abound spend 90% of their time prepping students for state exams, and the other half of their time is spent complaining about them (my apologies to Yogi Berra).

The main complaint from teachers (and parents, and some legislators, and…) is that state exams zap too much valuable instructional time. The time spent in testing sessions is draining to students and ultimately results in a loss of class time.

The bigger argument against the way we mass assess our students (and the one that goes largely unvoiced) is that it does relatively little to prepare students for life and their future ahead.

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The Powers That Be

Onward, Brave Voyager!

At #NeverSummer, we are about growth as much as success. Perhaps they are one in the same. But it is a disservice to lump them together. They are each powerful in their own right.

Growth requires setback. It requires failure. Setback and failure are of course not the goal, but they are necessary nonetheless. Without them growth moves at a snail’s pace.

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Growth Mindset

All year in MindWorks, we have been focused on growing our intelligence. Our two big themes have been grit and curiosity. We have learned about brain development and knowledge acquisition, determination and believing in yourself, fixed and growth mindset. All of these ideas are so valuable to young adolescent students as they grow into the future.

There exist some classic one-liners we all say at one time or another that show us we are in fixed-mindset-mode… at least temporarily. So we made a bulletin board for our classroom… growth mindset reminders radiating outward from the middle.