Friday, January 20, 2017

Don't stop! Just keep going!

At this in-between time of the semester (not the beginning anymore... but the end is a long way off!), I figured this would be good advice:

Don't stop! Just keep going!


The image is from cheezburger.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The higher you climb, the more you can see.

If you keep on learning, you will gain more perspective! Or so says today's cat:

The higher you climb, the more you can see.



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What can I learn next?

I was inspired to create today's cat by the emphasis on "next" in this very useful Edutopia article: Avoiding Learned Helplessness by Andrew Miller
Similarly, we want students to be reflective, to ask themselves, "How do I know if I'm on the right track?" or "What could I do next?" Instead of coming immediately to the teacher, we want students to experiment on their own. Many of us wonder why students constantly do the opposite instead. I've got news for you. It's our fault. We, as educators, are often responsible for learned helplessness, and we have a responsibility to change it! How can we empower our students to be self-directed learners?
What can I learn next?


(cat from cheezburger)


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Do things you've never done before.

Today's cat is inspired by the words of Neil Gaiman; read more of his inspiring advice at Maria Popova's BrainPickings: Make Good Art. Neil Gaiman’s Advice on the Creative Life.

Do things you've never done before.


(The picture is from cheezburger.)



Curiosity: the will to explore.


Here is the quote: “Curiosity’s most distinguishing characteristic is its open willingness to explore….” 

Curiosity: the will to explore.


The image is from cheezburger.




Saturday, January 14, 2017

It takes time for potential to flower.

The quote is from Carol Dweck's book, Mindset: "People with the growth mindset know that it takes time for potential to flower." More cats inspired by this book: Carol Dweck's Mindset.

It takes time for potential to flower.


(image is from cheezburger)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

To grow yourself, you must know yourself.

In a separate post I've provided a detailed response to Jackie Gerstein's post about growth mindset last week, and in that post she also shared a great infographic about self-reflection which you can see below. Today's cat is inspired by that need for honest, continuous self-reflection.

To grow yourself, you must know yourself.


The image is from cheezburger.



The infographic from Jackie Gerstein - Growth Mindset: Personal Accountability and Reflection.


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?