Remove the Guardrails: Facilitate a Productive Struggle

Matthew BowermanBlog, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lead Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: Mistakes are essential to experience growth. Support students and facilitate a productive struggle for maximum growth. Challenges: Facilitate a Productive Struggle Mistakes are critical to deepening one’s reflection and becoming available for growth. Challenges are what we need to embrace the core of who we are, and what we could potentially become. Failure does not define us. It refines … Read More

The Secret of Building Resilient Kids: Growth Mindset

Pamela HallBlog, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lead Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: Learn to teach kids that failure is a process and never a final state. Mistakes are opportunities to learn, to fail forward, and keep growing. Use picture books to teach resilience and grit. Growth Mindset: No More Giving Up! So often, kids say, “I can’t” or “It’s too hard.” So how do we instill the notion that failure is … Read More

Slow Down! Children Are Learning!

Brad HughesBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better

TL;DR: Be someone who makes a difference in the lives of those we touch. Allow kids to develop a positive mindset and executive function skills first. Instill a growth mindset for students. Create good habits and let go of bad ones. Pull your specialists aside and ask them your questions. Be Their Difference! Hello again, reader, and welcome back to … Read More

When You Feel Lost: Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

Lindsay TitusBlog, Self Care Better

TL;DR: Even when we feel lost, we actually are just stepping outside of our comfort zone. Recognize that moving forward may not always be in a linear form. Review your values. Do something unexpected and allow your body and mind to experience the adventure you’re ready for!  Where to Begin? Oh my goodness.  Where to even begin.   Lately, I’ve felt … Read More

Kintsugi: Embrace Imperfections

Raymond PortenBlog, Reflect Better, Self Care Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: Instead of a New Year’s resolution, think of selecting a word for the year. Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics with gold, silver, or platinum to create beauty in imperfections. How can we apply kintsugi as we learn and grow in 2022? Embrace imperfections, flaws,  and mistakes this year. You are spectacular as you are! One … Read More