How Poverty Affects Classroom Engagement

Eric Jensen highlights seven issues that disproportionately affect students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds in the classroom. Jensen outlines each of these issues and provides ways for students to address them. He reminds educators that poor students are still students and that teachers can support students in overcoming the obstacles they face. The common differences between…

Even Geniuses Work Hard

Stanford professor Carol S. Dweck discusses how teachers can promote growth-mindsets in their classrooms, leading to higher confidence among students. She emphasizes that teachers must first create a culture of risk-taking, where it is the process, and not the outcome, that is the most important part of mastering a new concept. To do this, teachers…

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MindSets and Equitable Education

Stanford professor and leading researcher Carol S. Dweck discusses mindsets and how beliefs about intelligence affect learning outcomes. According to her, there are two fundamental mindsets that a student can have about intelligence: it is fixed, or it is fluid and can increase with practice and training. These two mindsets strongly affect students’ perception of their intelligence as well as achievement.

College Football Star’s Novel Story

A college football player worked hard to improve his reading skills and stepped out of his comfort zone to join a book club. Questions Malcolm stepped out of his comfort zone to learn how to read. How can you make your students more comfortable with pursuing new skills? Why is it important to know how…

Lucy Factory

Lucy and Ethel find creative ways to keep up with the rapid speed of working on an assembly line in a chocolate factory. Clip from I Love Lucy. Questions Do you ever feel like there are too many things coming at you right now to look ahead? How do you handle the situation? Can you…