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Growth Mindset Animation

This cute video was recently tweeted by @askteacherzcom.  I think it’s a great video to show anyone, but elementary children will definitely benefit from this brief explanation of the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset.   52 more words


B.O.S.S. HQ Update

Last school year, it occurred to me that the empty classroom next door would better serve our campus as a Maker Space.  I applied for a couple of grants to get some supplies, and my GT students helped me learn more about the new products – from… 634 more words


A promise partially fulfilled

The occasion of LearnLaunch’s just-completed 3rd annual conference, “Across Boundaries: Delivering on Edtech’s Promise” (Jan 23-24, 2015, at Harvard Business School in Boston) reminded me of a white paper I’d written while at… 856 more words


Stacked against him

My 13-year-old son, Christian, is typical of many middle school boys. He does his homework every afternoon at the kitchen table, calling out for assistance as needed from mom, dad or older brother. 625 more words


School or Workplace?

In designing schools, we often look to what’s happening in the field of workplace design.  The reason for this is two-fold. First, providing students learning spaces that reflect their future potential work environments can be an important part of real-world inquiry-based learning.   436 more words


The Dinosaur that Hatched an Easter Egg

During my perpetual quest for the perfect Phun Phriday post (something that is fun and has zero educational value – but is appropriate for most audiences), I happened to read a tweet from Joe Hanson (@jtotheizzoe) about his new addiction to playing a game with the Google Chrome Dinosaur that appears whenever you try to access a site and your internet connection isn’t working. 183 more words


Testing Coordinator Maria Yocom on Mid-Year Testing

In January, our teachers and scholars begin making that final push to the end of the year.  A common question in January is “How close are scholars to achieving their growth goals?”  In order to help our teachers monitor scholar growth, Uplift gives the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) and Explore/PLAN/ACT tests in January.  260 more words

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