Sept. 21, 2015

Technology should not be a digital pacifier to keep kids from misbehaving.


Chip and Dan Heath: Create "inch pebbles" to create the momentum to work for "mile stones."
One-step-at-a-time - goal achieving cartoon doodle video

The Growth Mindset

In her Sept. 9, 2015, article in Education Week, Evie Blad reports that students' mindsets directly impact math achievement. Teachers need to reinforce that math isn't any more difficult than other subjects, and that mistakes are par for the course. A study from Stanford University showed that when the learning seems difficult, the student has hit the sweet spot for learning and that persevering through difficult work yields great gains. PBL (or PrBL) is ideal for teaching math because problems are presented in a way to develop conceptual understanding, anchoring that learning. For teacher and parent resources from the Stanford study, go to



Shift, Ch. 6, Shrink the Change

You need to collect 8 stamps at the local carwash in order to earn a free wash. What’s the difference in starting with a blank 8-stamp card or a 10-stamp card that already has two “freebie” stamps? You still need 8 washes to earn the free wash, so if you are the carwash owner, what possible difference could it make? Well, after a few months only 19% of the 8-stamp customers earned their free wash vs. 34% of the 10-stamp customers. The key is to make people feel they are closer to the finish line. By creating “inch pebbles” to reach milestones, people feel a sense of accomplishment and are more likely to continue on the path you’ve shaped.

Follow the Google Drive link below if you would like a more in-depth review of chapter 6.