Coach's Corner

DC-G Middle School- November 2015

Change Your Thinking- Growth Mindset

Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.

Nelson Mandela

Fixed vs. Growth

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For Teachers

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Test Your Mindset

Mindset Test

Try to be as honest as you can with your answers. I found it hard to do this after reading many articles and watching videos about growth mindset!

Love and Logic

Skill #7: Using Choices to Prevent Power Struggles


Guidelines for Giving Lots of Little Choices

  1. Offer choices that won’t make a problem for you or for anyone else, at times that you find appropriate.

  2. Choices should not be threats in disguise.

  3. For each choice, offer only two options, either of which will be okay with you.

  4. If your students don’t make a choice within a specified short period of time, choose for them.

  5. Offer choices before your students become resistant, not after.


It is important to avoid disguising demands and threats as choices.

Students will resent the pretense of choice:

“Would you rather be good, or get suspended for the rest of your life?”

“Will you all sit still or fail this class?”

“Hand in your papers on time, or get a failing grade.”

Children Listening - Limiting Power Struggles

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If we are creating assessments that ask students to think at higher levels, we need to make sure they are able to practice these skills during class as well. How a question is worded can be the difference in creating a lesson that has students engaged at level 5 or 6 vs. a level 3. As How to Assess Higher-Order Thinking Skills in Your Classroom states, planning your questions out allows teachers to ask more higher-level questions instead of recall questions. Recall questions are easier to think of in the moment.