Seven Classroom Updates for Creating a Growth Mindset Environment

Seven Classroom Updates for Creating a Growth Mindset Environment

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SEVEN CLASSROOM UPDATES FOR CREATING A GROWTH MINDSET ENVIRONMENT What Does It Mean to Have a Growth Mindset?Abilities and intelligence can be developed. This is the foundation for a growth mindset. Although the idea seems simple and straightforward, a surprisingly large number of adults and young students do not think this way. Many students see their intelligence as a fixed part of who they are. No matter how hard they study or how hard they challenge themselves they will always be “x” amount smart. This mentality limits a person’s self-esteem, confidence, work ethic, and actual ability to perform tasks effectively and meaningfully.This mindset is even more tragic for young students who are just beginning to explore the world, come face-to-face with new challenges, and discover new ideas. A fixed mindset…
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Math Materials for Anxious Third, Fourth, or Fifth Graders

Math Materials for Anxious Third, Fourth, or Fifth Graders

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MATH MATERIALS FOR ANXIOUS THIRD, FOURTH, OR FIFTH GRADERS How to Get Rid of the Math Monster Under the Bed All too often, when third, fourth, and fifth grade students hear the word “math,” their smiling faces drop. Math can be a tricky subject. Many adults can't escape the math phobia that started in grade school, even though math is something that we all use every day! Most math lessons have individualized worksheets and standardized testing, resulting in great anxiety among students, especially among those who are already struggling to learn. One way to combat this is by using fun and effective math materials. Teachers can adopt multi-sensory teaching strategies to engage students and bring enjoyment into the process of learning math! Math & Movement provides various tools to easily…
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Fifth Grade Students Discover New Ways to Multiply

Fifth Grade Students Discover New Ways to Multiply

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Fifth Grade Students Discover New Ways to Multiply Insights into introducing Math & Movement to a new class by Katja Krieger In 2018, I began my career in education as a fifth-grade student teacher. As the months went by, I noticed my students grow increasingly frustrated when it came time for math class. My school had recently adopted ‘Singapore Math’ as the chosen curriculum for grades K-6th.  With any new teaching method, there can be challenges and benefits. However, switching to a new curriculum is not always the solution when it comes to student achievement and satisfaction. Singapore Math emphasizes fewer steps and more pictures and symbols to solve problems. Math class is transformed into three different stations. The students start with station 1, where they had a private lesson…
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Math & Movement Partners with Active Schools

Math & Movement Partners with Active Schools

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Math & Movement Partners with Active Schools Math & Movement has recently partnered with Active Schools, an organization dedicated to helping schools increase physical activity before, during, and after the school day. According to Active Schools, "Only 6 states require physical education in every grade. Only 20% of school districts require daily recess. 2 out of 3 kids today are inactive." The harsh reality of today's generation is that children are not getting as much physical activity as they need. Schools are struggling to provide opportunities to get kids active during school hours. Active Schools and Math & Movement believe adding exercise for students should be high on every school's to-do list, but understand the challenges they face in making it happen. Did you know that the Physical Activity Guidelines for…
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Cross-Body Movements

Cross-Body Movements

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Cross-Body Movements What are they and how can they help increase student focus and retention? Educators are always on the lookout for the perfect teaching tool that will help their students remember yesterday’s lesson, improve motor skills, stay focused, and help rein in their student’s energy. Cross-body movements are fun strategies to reach these goals. Cross-body movements engage both hemispheres of the brain. Many scientists like to think of the brain as a blender. In order to digest information, we blend it up. When both the left and right hemispheres are used, the easier it is to remember the digested information. One of the easiest ways to engage both hemispheres of the brain is to cross the midline in our bodies. Picture an imaginary line that runs from our nose to the floor.…
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Multi-Sensory Learning Creates Successful Students

Multi-Sensory Learning Creates Successful Students

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Students in classes with multi-sensory learning are 1.51 times more likely to succeed than students in traditional lecture-based classes. Studies show that students are more likely to have success in education when they are introduced to multi-sensory learning at a young age. Based on this research and our own findings, we know that kinesthetic, multi-sensory learning strengthens learning, improves memory, and enhances motivation! Strengthens Learning According to Eric Jensen in his book, Teaching with the Brain in Mind (2nd Edition), “Evidence from imaging sources, anatomical studies, and clinical data shows that moderate exercise enhances cognitive processing. It also increases the number of brain cells.”  In Syracuse, New York, interventionists helped pre-school students practice one-to-one correspondence and counting using multi-sensory cross-body exercises as well as the colorful floor mats. These students…
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Does Kinesthetic Learning Support English Language Learners?

Does Kinesthetic Learning Support English Language Learners?

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DOES KINESTHETIC LEARNING SUPPORT ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS?English Language Learners (ELL)/English as a Second Language (ESL) students are falling behind their classmates at an alarming rate. About 35% of ELL/ESL students are behind in math. Compared to their non-ELL/ESL counterparts, 47% are behind in reading (Fry 2003). This is a statistically significant percentage of students. Numbers like these cannot be ignored. The reasons for this gap are complex and varied. Many are very hard or even impossible to address by teachers alone. Fortunately, teachers do hold the key to one of the most effective ways to address the issue in the classroom: they can teach students the way they learn best. Studies show that when educators use tactile and kinesthetic methods, ELL/ESL students are successful and excited to learn.Research shows “ESL students…
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The Cost of a Sedentary Lifestyle: Consequences of the Obesity Epidemic

The Cost of a Sedentary Lifestyle: Consequences of the Obesity Epidemic

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Why Is the Obesity Epidemic in Our Schools Not Going Anywhere? How does the average American child spend their day? Are they outside playing tag and swinging on the monkey bars for hours? Or are they playing the latest computer and video games all night? A recent study by the journal Health Affairs finds that fewer than one in three American children get enough exercise every week. Unfortunately, if they don't become more active, more than eight million will be obese by their 18th birthdays. When children are not encouraged to eat healthy foods and be active, they may be more at risk for childhood obesity. Furthermore, the implications go beyond childhood, extending to high risk for major health issues and costly medical bills. Therefore, the obesity epidemic is an…
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Why Do Your Students Say They Are Bad At Math?

Why Do Your Students Say They Are Bad At Math?

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WHY DO YOUR STUDENTS SAY THEY ARE BAD AT MATH? The Short Answer: They’re scared. I am terrified of skydiving; can I expect to ever be good at it? Of course - if you push through the fear and practice, you can be good at most things. But “It is human nature for people to spend more time doing the things they enjoy. People embrace things they are good at. If students "do not understand" mathematics, they will lose confidence and avoid math whenever possible” (Piper). This usually starts when students take their first math class. If they did not understand the way math was taught, it causes them to do poorly and avoid it altogether. This avoidance can limit student confidence and competence in math and their phobia gets renamed…
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10 Valuable Tips that Help Every New Teacher Develop and Grow

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10 VALUABLE TIPS THAT HELP EVERY NEW TEACHER DEVELOP AND GROW Nationally, 12 percent of all public school teachers are in their first or second year of teaching, according to U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights. In some states, it is even more than 15 percent. This means many teachers are in their own learning process while also teaching our nation’s children. Teaching is a lot about practice and reflection on action. As true in all vocations, good teachers are constantly asking how they can improve their teaching to better help their students. Many new teachers are starting with a blank page which is exciting and full of potential, but also intimidating. There is no one way to be “a great teacher.” But there are a few things…
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