Growth versus Fixed: Mindsets Matter

Think of yourself as a learner.  How did you get to where you are right now?  What belief system helped you get there?  Or what belief system adversely impacted your journey in getting where you want to be? In 2006, Carol Dweck, an American psychologist, author and professor at Stanford University, published a book called …

“There’s a tool for that!”

As a teacher, the words optimal, effective, most suitable, best, efficient, maximum and greatest often catch my attention.  I have discovered early in my career that time is of the essence. Time is something that I always need, and most often, not have enough of. It is something I want to redeem and not waste. …

Promoting Student Agency Using Technology

In the year 2014-15, the US Department of Education reports that there were 4.8 million English language learners (ELLs) in the K-12 population across the country (https://www2.ed.gov/datastory/el-characteristics/index.html#intro). Students identified as English language learners can participate in language assistance programs that public schools offer to help these students achieve English proficiency and meet educational standards and …

What is the role of service learning in developing global collaborator skills?

Service Learning Service-learning is an approach to teaching that connects students to their communities (Fitzgerald, 1997) with the purpose of making a positive contribution. Vanderbilt University defines service learning as “a form of experiential education where learning occurs through a cycle of action and reflection as students seek to achieve real objectives for the community …

How can innovative design skills and computational thinking impact the writing of elementary students?

Change is inevitable in education. Every aspect of education is dynamic, subject to change to reflect the ever-shifting trends in curriculum, political climate, funding, organizational structures, teaching and learning, culture, demographics, and in the last several decades, technology.  Technological innovations have reconfigured our patterns of living, working and learning (Neumann, Dion & Snap, 2021). Consequently, …

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