May 24, 2015
by msnathan
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Homework Week 6: Due Wednesday 27th May

7ce545be0d778c2e6715188bccc255dae8072bde_1600x1200Meet Maya Penn. She started her first business when she was 8 years old! But rather than me telling you about her, why don’t you listen to Maya tell her story in her own words.

Follow this link to her TED Talk.  You don’t need to sign up, but you do need to record your name. Please use your real name so that I can keep track of who has watched it! I have used Zaption to add some questions for you to think about while you’re watching. When it stops, answer the questions before continuing the video. Zaption will record your answers for us to look at later!

Please complete this by Wednesday morning so that we can reflect on it in the afternoon.

March 24, 2015
by msnathan
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We’re growing our mind(set)s!

IMG_5006Today we looked at the idea of a growth mindset. H/t to the awesome Kerri Tamatea for giving me some ideas on how to introduce this to my class!

Have you ever heard of a growth mindset? I put the phrase up on the board and the students brainstormed what the words could mean separately before considering what they might mean put together (those ideas are in blue). We then got into groups and researched the phrase ‘growth mindset’ to see if we could find anything else out (those ideas are in red). This was pretty tricky because most of the stuff written about it was for adults like teachers, psychologists and people at university. We read things out loud to each other that we found and tried to put it into kid language. For example, we turned ‘educators’ into ‘teachers’ & ‘developing intelligence’ into ‘getting smarter/better’.

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IMG_5008Then we looked at some fixed mindset statements like “I give up.” and “I’ll never be as good as her/him.” and decided they were totally boring so changed them into new and exciting statements like those you see above!

Something else we talked about though was that sometimes, even if we work really, really, really hard things might still not work, go according to plan or get better. That there are some people that even though they work hard they also have natural talent and it is ok to sometimes feel bummed out when someone is naturally good at something you want to be good at, or when things don’t work.

It’s what you do next that matters. Will this feeling stop you from trying new things? Will it stop you from celebrating not just the things you are awesome at but also the risks you take and how hard you work? Not with a growth mindset it won’t!

Here’s a video some students found to help them understand what a growth mindset is. Do you think this is a good way to think about learning? Is there anything that could go wrong with this way of thinking? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

March 20, 2015
by msnathan
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Homework Week 7-8: Due Friday 27th March

282178732872826458_vIFrQ1HP_cLots of people have amazing natural talent, I’m sure we all know someone who does. Most people, even the most talented, have to work really hard at what they’re good at. They don’t give up until they get the results they want.

Your homework for this week is to choose one thing you’d like to get better at, practice it for the week and record your results. You could do something like the daily drawing challenge above, you could teach yourself a new trick, try to run faster, learn to play a new song, be able to name all the elements of the periodic table, learn to do a fancy hairstyle…ANYTHING.

You will need to do it everyday and record your findings on your blog. Choose carefully. Is it something you can commit to doing every day? Is it manageable enough (consider time, resources)?

How will you blog about it? You could take photos and monitor changes, record times, you may be as creative as you like.

Leave a comment on this post with what you are planning to practice for the week.

Don’t forget your reading log and Maths Mates homework also. 

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