First Reactions to Growth Mindset

My knee-jerk reaction to growth-mindset was that it was promoting cramming. Why did I have this reaction? Because as a teacher I became sick of teachers who applaud students for doing nothing. This culminated in my reaction to a pipsqueak careerist who stumbled into being the headmaster at my last school – he was 33, … Continue reading First Reactions to Growth Mindset

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No homework?

I read this and just had to react. This is the key. “His teachers were wonderful, and thankfully, they made it very clear at the beginning of the year that homework was not supposed to give kids anxiety.” So why was the kid anxious? Did the “mommy” insist that the kid had to do the … Continue reading No homework?

Parents

The relationship with parents has been severely damaged by politics especially in the state system, I am writing this in response to this. Essentially in education there needs to be an alliance between teachers, parents and students. The teacher is the professional who guides the content. Parents and students provide the motivation (that includes nurture) … Continue reading Parents

Changing the teacher’s mindset

When I first started thinking about the four components of Matriellez education:- Corporate Paradigm Natural Development Quality Portfolio Wifi Classroom .... then initially I feel there is little to be altered when considering democratic empowerment; but then I began to think:- "Why did the realisation of the changing approach to democracy at Occupy affect me?" … Continue reading Changing the teacher’s mindset