Tuesday, May 23, 2017

When I face a new problem, I think creatively.

When I face a new problem, I think creatively.

Today's cat was inspired by this very useful article in the Harvard Business Review: How to Spark Creativity When You’re in a Rut by Priscilla Claman.

The same things the article says about "newness" at work can apply to school too!
Remember your first day at work? You were excited. There were new people to meet, new skills to be learned, new processes or products to understand. If you are like most people, something else was different then — you. When you weren’t sure or didn’t understand, you asked questions, persistently. You compared what you were supposed to do on this job with what you had done in the past, and you made suggestions. You observed what your new colleagues were doing and evaluated what you saw. As a new person, you felt entitled to look at things differently and ask questions — that was a sign of your creativity.
After a while, though, you can get stuck in a rut and lose that sense of newness and freshness, and thus lose the creative energy that goes with it. Read the article for some specific suggestions about how to bring that sense of "newness" back into your school experience.

Infographic: Personal Accountability and Reflection

This infographic comes from a very useful blog post by Jackie Gerstein: Growth Mindset: Personal Accountability and Reflection. Instead of looking for a grade or some other kind of external assessment, you can use the questions in the infographic to reflect and assess on your own.

Did I work as hard as I could have?
Did I set and maintain high standards for myself?
Did I spend enough time to do quality work?
Did I regulate my procrastination, distractions, and temptations in order to complete my work?
Did I make good use of available resources?
Did I ask questions if I needed help?
Did I review and re-review my work for possible errors?
Did I consider best practices for similar work?
Is my work something for which I am proud – that I would proudly show to a large, global audience?

Monday, May 15, 2017

With effort, I can develop new skills.

A fundamental part of growth mindset is believing that through your own efforts, you can grow your intelligence and develop new skills. So, I made a cat for that:

With effort, I can develop new skills.

For more about the basics of growth mindset, see this infographic from the GoBrain website, with transcription here.