Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Not sure what to do next? Ask your teacher.

At Pinterest, I found a link to a nifty poster: I Don't Know What to Do Next; you can see the poster below. That's what inspired this cat: use the Internet... to find an example!

Not sure what to do next?
Ask your teacher.

The image is from cheezburger.

Don't know what to do next?
Dig deep and stick with it.
Look in a book or use the Internet.
Can you find an example?
Keep calm and read it again.
Remind yourself not knowing is okay. 
Work together and ask a friend.
Pause a moment and just think.
Still not sure? Then ask your teacher.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Step forward into growth!

The words come from the psychologist Abraham Maslow: You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety. You can find more quotes by Abraham Maslow at Wikiquote.

Step forward into growth!

I made this for the MemeGallery using cheezburger.

Maslow is best known for his hierarchy of needs model:

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Success is a process, not an event.

I was inspired by a graphic from Edutopia (see below): Success is always a process, never an event. Failure is always an event. Never a person.

Success is a process, not an event.

Here's the graphic I started with:

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

The inspiration is President Franklin Roosevelt's first inaugural (more at Wikipedia): So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is...fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

A mind stretched by new experiences can never go back to its old dimensions.

The quote is not by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. who was a Supreme Court Justice (although that's the usual attribution as you can see in the graphic below), but instead his father, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., who was a writer and poet. Here is what he wrote: "Every now and then a man's mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions. After looking at the Alps, I felt that my mind had been stretched beyond the limits of its elasticity, and fitted so loosely on my old ideas of space that I had to spread these to fit it."

A mind stretched by new experiences
can never go back to its old dimensions.

I made this for the MemeGallery with cheezburger. Here's the graphic I saw at Twitter that inspired me:

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Confidence comes from not fearing to be wrong.

I really like this quote about confidence and risk-taking:

Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong. 

This quote is attributed to "Peter T. McIntyre" all over the Internet, but I am not sure who he is. If anybody has information to share, let me know. Here is the cat I made with cheezburger:

Confidence comes
from not fearing to be wrong. 

And here is the graphic where I first found the quote:

I'll put this one in the MemeGallery!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

With my skills I express myself.

Today's cat is inspired by Maria Popova's review in Brain Pickings of Janna Malamud Smith, An Absorbing Errand: How Artists and Craftsmen Make Their Way to Mastery.
Whether by design or by accident, many of us seem to find enduring gratification in struggling to master and then repeatedly applying some difficult skill that allows us at once to realize and express ourselves.
With my skills I express myself.

(image from cheezburger)

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Let them grow.

This one is inspired by an article in the Guardian newspaper by Jessica Lahey: Why we should let our children fail. It is an excerpt from her book, The Gift of Failure.
The work of raising a resourceful adult takes time, but it begins with a simple equation. We need to give our children autonomy, allow them to feel competent, and let them know we support them as they grow. This process begins the moment our babies fail to grasp a toy or fall as they toddle across the room and continues until they head out into their own lives.
Let them grow.

I made this for the MemeGallery with cheezburger.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Growth Mindset Memes: Guide to the Project

I'll be out of town this week, but there will be new cats when I get back next weekend. For now, there are lots of growth cats to keep you entertained:

English Cats: Alphabetical lists of over 150 memes (so far).
Latin Cats: Because I used to teach Latin. :-)
Use Your Brain: Cats inspired by Gardner's intelligences.
#YesICan Cats: Inspired by Laura Ritchie's self-efficacy book.

There is also a Flickr album:

Along with a Pinterest Board:

And there's a "calendar cat" with a new cat each day: