Growth Mindset Goal-Setting Workbook – free pdf!

I created this recently for a group of teachers, and wanted to pass it along to you.   It’s a mini goal-setting booklet to help strategize how you will spark growth mindsets into your classroom this school year.   There … Continue reading ...
By | September 12, 2016 | growth mindset, mindset, social emotional learning (SEL)

Forget the growth mindset (for a moment): where do fixed mindsets come from?

Enthusiasm is building about ‘growth mindset’ and how it helps students persevere and stay open to new challenges. But what about the ‘fixed mindset’?  Why do we have them?  Where do they come from? And what can we do help … Continue reading ...
By | October 31, 2016 | growth mindset

people are either obstacles or agents

we either see people as ‘obstacles’, as outside forces that can thwart us. or we see them as agents – as catalysts that can spark our growth. when i say agent, i am talking about the use of the word as … Continue reading ...
By | April 11, 2017 | Uncategorized

Mistakes grow your brain

#1) The more you love mistakes, the more your brain will grow. Brain scans actually show that our brain grows more when we make mistakes – because it means it’s entered new territory, so there’s more stuff ‘firing’. People are … Continue reading ...
By | November 6, 2016 | Uncategorized

Teacher empathy reduces school suspensions: 7 keys to growing today’s most important skill

A recent study from Stanford University showed that training teachers to have more empathy towards students reduced school suspensions by more than 50%.   And guess what? The training for teachers consisted of a mere two online sessions – a … Continue reading ...
By | August 16, 2016 | growth mindset, social emotional learning (SEL), the connection mindset

Why do I think thoughts that make me feel bad?

The brain doesn’t know which thoughts make you feel “bad” or “good”. To the brain, thoughts are just electro-chemical pulses used to react to your environment. There are no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ thoughts. Unfortunately, though, this means that we have thoughts that … Continue reading ...
By | November 6, 2016 | growth mindset, mindset, social emotional learning (SEL)

Better parenting skills may break the poverty-disease connection: what this article left out is as important as what it put in

I just read a Scientific American article called ‘Better parenting skills may break the poverty-disease connection’.   I think this is an amazing article about how important it is for children to be in the presence of adults who are … Continue reading ...
By | October 4, 2016 | mindset, parenting, social emotional learning (SEL)

‘Agents of Authenticity’ and the Connection Economy

  The world is becoming more transparent. Jonah Sachs, author of the Story Wars, calls them ‘agents of authenticity’ – people who will easily report any kind of activity that looks like an abuse of power.  Each person has the … Continue reading ...
By | June 6, 2016 | the connection mindset

Growth Mindset & SEL 101

Mindset 101Everything you need to know about mindsets(and how to teach them) 1 1. What is a mindset? A mindset is a person's attitude towards something.  It influences how a person will respond to events and people.  It gets formed … Continue reading ...
By | April 27, 2016 |

How ‘serve and return’ relationships helped build your brain architecture

We all want to know that our existence is noticed.   One way to know this is to see that things you do cause a reaction in others.   Once someone responds to your presence, you know you exist.   … Continue reading ...
By | June 28, 2016 | the connection mindset

2 thoughts on “How ‘serve and return’ relationships helped build your brain architecture

  1. One thing I do in an attempt to be present: I only use my cell phone as an emergency phone. I go days without checking social media or my personal email email. It has become more obvious to me how others are so attached to their phones….and my text neck is getting better!

    • I love that – and I totally agree. Being so attached to our phones keeps us from being the moment. I also go days without checking those things – it can be hard for some people to get used to not getting immediate responses, but it’s a value that is personal and important for me. Good to know I’m not the only one!

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