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Do You Need to Get Off the Escalator Poster

During the first week of school, I took a page from Sara VanDerWerf’s playbook and showed my students the escalator and beagle videos mentioned in this blog post. I highly recommend you read about how Sara uses these in class. I basically copied everything she said! The escalator video is especially moving. Whenever I watch …

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Mistakes are Expected, Respected, Inspected, and Corrected Poster

A continual focus in my classroom is helping my students build a growth mindset.  One quote I’ve seen time and time again when it comes to growth mindset is “Mistakes are expected, respected, inspected, and corrected.”  I’ve seen this quote attributed to Jo Boaler and her “How to Learn Math” course. This summer, I decided …

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Change Your Words Change Your Mindset Bulletin Board

Today I want to share my newest Change Your Words Change Your Mindset Bulletin Board. I don’t think I’ve ever been this happy with my bulletin boards before.  They make me smile.  They represent what I think is important.  They are useful to students.  They spark conversations. This year, I’m working to help my kids …

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YET Poster for Encouraging Growth Mindset

I created a YET poster to hang in my classroom. This poster was inspired by Ilana Horn’s Strength in Numbers: Collaborative Learning in Secondary Mathematics.   In the book, Ilana Horn talks about how the word “yet” is missing from our students’ vocabularies.  If a student says, “I can’t do this,” we need to correct them. …

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