Developing a Growth Mindset through Three-Minute Journals

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One of the hottest topics in education is Growth Mindset. Inspired by Stanford University psychology professor Carol Dweck, it is the belief that the brain is like a muscle that can grow stronger through hard work. An article published in U.S. News and World Report provides more information on this topic including information on how … read more »


Have You Heard? If they can do the worksheet, they don’t need it…

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It is the start of a new school year. May this be your most wonder-filled, rewarding and empowering yet. At the beginning of each new year, we plan — we plan for the use of instructional strategies that have improved student learning in the past, and we plan for the implementation of newly acquired strategies as … read more »


TO BE READ: From Our Shelf to Yours, August 2016. Prepare to be inspired. Prepare to be challenged. Prepare to grow.

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Another fabulous summer has come to a close. Educators are once again engulfed in the start of a new school year and all the wonderful and time-consuming things that go along with it. While most of you found time to read over the summer amid vacations, lesson plan prep, professional development and personal rejuvenation, it … read more »


Start Your Year Strong with 3 Personalized Learning Tools

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The start of a new school year brings excitement to both students and teachers. This is the perfect time to share and implement personalized learning tools for your students. Many different sites offer differentiated learning activities and tips. The hard part is finding out what works for both of you. Take a look at these three new tools that personalize … read more »


TechBytes: Increase the Visual Impact of Your Google Slide Presentations With These Three Design Tips

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Are you looking to make your Google slide presentations more powerful? Watch this episode of TechBytes for three great design tips: 1) how to mask an image; 2) how to flip an object horizontally; and 3) how to duplicate objects in one step. TechBytes are video tutorials created for the TeachersFirst blog. Come learn with … read more »