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)


Monday, June 20, 2016

Follow your natural curiosity and see what you learn.

This cat is inspired by an excerpt from Jessica Lahey's book, The Gift of Failure, which appeared here in the Atlantic: When Success Leads to Failure
The pressure to achieve academically is a crime against learning. Below is the opening of the article; check out the article online to read more:
“Marianna’s grades are fine; I’m not worried about that, but she just doesn’t seem to love learning anymore.” Above all else, we taught her to fear failure. That fear is what has destroyed her love of learning. [...] The truth—for this parent and so many others—is this: Her child has sacrificed her natural curiosity and love of learning at the altar of achievement, and it’s our fault. Marianna’s parents, her teachers, society at large—we are all implicated in this crime against learning. From her first day of school, we pointed her toward that altar and trained her to measure her progress by means of points, scores, and awards. [...] We taught her to protect her academic and extracurricular perfection at all costs and that it’s better to quit when things get challenging rather than risk marring that perfect record. Above all else, we taught her to fear failure. That fear is what has destroyed her love of learning.
Follow your natural curiosity, 
and see what you learn.




I made this for the MemeGallery with 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.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Learn to love the diversity.

This article focuses on the link between growth mindset and creativity, which is one of my favorite aspects of working with a growth mindset: A Growth Mindset Fuels Creativity in Youth by Marilyn Price-Mitchell. The author spells out five aspects of a growth mindset that she sees as most important, and diversity is one of them. I definitely see creativity and diversity being mutually supported; in my own work, I am constantly getting new ideas by exploring stories and traditions from other people and places. Read the article to see more possibilities for connecting growth mindset and creative exploration!
Growth Mindset #4: “I embrace diversity.”The world is made up of different cultures that collaborate and collide at lightning speeds. Key to the development of better products, services, and policies is a young person’s ability to understand people who are different from themselves.

Learn to love the diversity.



An item for the MemeGallery made with cheezburger.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Do something creative every day.

Make creativity a habit!

Do something creative every day.



I made this item for the MemeGallery with cheezburger, based on this graphic which I saw at Twitter.


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Keep on learning: I wonder...

Today's questioning cat was inspired by this great graphic from Bryan Mathers; more about that graphic here: Wanting to Learn More.



And the cat image is from cheezburger.

Keep on learning: I wonder...


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:




Thursday, June 2, 2016

This is hard. This is fun!

A quote from Carol Dweck's book Mindset: "I'll never forget the first time I heard myself saying, 'This is hard. This is fun.' That's the moment I knew I was changing mindsets." More cats inspired by Carol Dweck quotes.


This is hard. This is fun!


(image from cheezburger)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The process of discovery is often messy and non-linear.

Today's cat is inspired by a great article by Linda Flanagan at MindShift: How to Spark Curiosity in Children Through Embracing Uncertainty. Here is a quote from the article:
Show how the process of discovery is often messy and non-linear. Rather than present breakthroughs as the logical result of a long trek toward understanding, teachers can share with students how discoveries are often made: through trial and error, missteps, happy accidents and chance.

The process of discovery is often messy and non-linear.