Fixed vs. Growth mindset

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Do you know about the seminal work of Carl Dweck?

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The seminal work of Carol Dweck provides insight both for understanding ourselves and understanding how we perceive our students. In Mindset: The New Psychology of Success,72 she describes two possible mindsets people have: a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. People who have a fixed mindset believe their abilities, personality, and moral character are fixed, and their responses to circumstances either prove or disprove their worth. People who have a growth mindset, on the contrary, believe their initial talents, interests, aptitudes, and temperaments can be changed through effort. Every challenge becomes an opportunity.

Simply recognizing these two paths can have a profound impact on our teaching. If we stop to think how much we rely on test scores, judgments of previous teachers, class placements, and our own initial impressions to determine the abilities of our students, we…

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Holding his breath underwater for 17 minutes didn’t scare David Blaine—but stepping on the TEDMED stage did

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David Blaine is the master of the endurance stunt.  In 1999, he was buried alive in a clear box underneath three tons of water. Over the course of seven days, about 75,000 people stopped by to watch him in his self-made tomb. [ted_talkteaser id=741]In 2008, Blaine attempted to set the Guinness World Record for holding his breath underwater in front of a packed crowd — and had to be pulled out of the tank when he started convulsing. He attempted the trick again, this time successfully, as Oprah‘s cameras rolled — holding his breath for an incredible 17 minutes and 4.5 seconds. Just last year, Blaine performed a new 72-hour stunt in which one million volts of electricity were sent through his body, the whole thing livestreamed over YouTube.

Blaine found these challenges — and their very public nature — both manageable and exciting. But there was one challenge that…

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Day (438) – Like This and Like That

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Last night while I was laying in bed getting ready to go to sleep, I felt this almost physical pressure that I don’t think I will ever forget. I looked up a the ceiling and felt it in my arms and then in my face. Everything felt like it was a thousand pounds. For a few minutes, it felt like everything was pushing me down into my bed…like a big machine press. And then, the feeling that I will never forget. It was as if something was pulling me up out of it, like dragging a piece of paper out of the stack with your fingertips. Seconds later…it was gone.

I’m not exactly sure what is going on with me right now, but I guess that is half the surprise. I couldn’t explain it to you…it couldn’t really describe it…it just is. Maybe it will pass, maybe it will…

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Your weekend reading: The wrong kind of Caucasian, the graduate school question, and how the Internet ruined everything

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A weekly round-up of interesting, weird and useful reads from around the interwebs.

In “The wrong kind of Caucasian,” Sarah Kendzior critiques the media for its tendency to demonize an entire country based on the violent acts of a few individuals. [Al Jazeera]

“The Internet: A Warning from History,” or how the Internet ruined everything. Just watch it. [The Poke]

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Just what are the kids typing and texting these days? How the oblique stroke / became the written word “slash.” [Lingua Franca] To find out more about the new grammar of texting, watch John McWhorter’s talk, “Txtng is killing language. JK!!!” »

Ah, the glory of academia, the life of reading and luxury. Or, the horrors of a life of anxiety and uncertainty? A great read about the impossible question of graduate school. [New Yorker Blog]

Scripps Research Institute scientists…

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