Tag Archives: Growth Mindset

The Mastery Process: How Our Skills Grow

“Skills and abilities only develop when knowledge is applied directly and used creatively in meaningful situations, not on multiple choice tests. This is as true for basketball and piano playing as it is for cooking, reading, karate, mathematics, parenting, democratic … Continue reading

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Ken Robinson: Government “Standardization” Blocks Innovative Education Reform

“I never blame teachers or schools… But there is this deadly culture of standardizing, that’s being pushed on them, politically. My core message here is that we have to personalize education, not standardize it. That all children are different, and … Continue reading

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24 Human Character Strengths and Core Virtues

“The Character Strengths and Virtues (CSV) handbook of human strengths and virtues by Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman, represents the first attempt on the part of the psychological research community to identify and classify the positive psychological traits of human beings. The CSV identifies six classes … Continue reading

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Children Need to Be Free to Learn

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” ~Socrates Children are born to be curious, sociable, skillful, joyful and empathetic. Their minds are creative and flexible, their hearts trusting and open. They come into the … Continue reading

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Aligning with Your Unique Human Potential

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music… I get most joy in life out of music.” … Continue reading

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A Nation’s Schools Reveal Our Hearts, by John Kuhn

“We only have to learn to love all kids like we love our own, to love kids in cities we’ll never visit, kids whose names and cultures and traditions may differ from ours. We have to love them enough to … Continue reading

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Toward a More Creative & Holistic Model of Education

Successful education involves seeing each child as a unique and whole human being, concerned about how they think, feel and learn. Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences provides a useful way of looking at this. His model of human abilities … Continue reading

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Real Learning is a Creative Process

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough … Continue reading

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Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

“Control of consciousness determines the quality of life. If you are interested in something, you will focus on it, and if you focus attention on anything, it is likely that you will become interested in it. Many of the things we … Continue reading

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Much That Matters Cannot Be Measured

This painting was done last year by my son Andy, the day before his 13th birthday. He started it in the morning and I helped by advising him as he worked on it all through the day. It’s the best … Continue reading

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