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The Growth Mindset and Trophies for All

The Growth Mindset and Trophies for All

“Genius is not enough; we need to get the job done.”
― Carol S. Dweck

Dr. Vince Bertram, BRV grad and state school board member,came to our school last month and told our students that it’s not enough to say that you should follow your dreams - or that dreams come true - but rather to “dream differently.”  At the heart of it he told our students to do their homework on what talent and skills that the future will value, find those things that have value and that they like to do...and then go and do those things. To presume that you can, not that you cannot.  He told our students his story, and then told them how to have their own.Don’t just follow dreams - Make things happen.

It was a message that nobody lives a life which hasa predetermined path. But you must control your journey, or you will have no more control over it than if it were predetermined, or even random. And as educators, we notice that many students who do not succeed often enter int…

Grit

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Grit
From the movie, True Grit (1969 version):
Mattie Ross -  the young protagonist -  asks the local Sheriff,  “Who's the best marshal they have?”


The Sheriff replies, “Bill Waters is the best tracker. The meanest one is Rooster Cogburn, a pitiless man, double tough, fear don't enter into his thinking. I'd have to say L.T. Quinn is the straightest, he brings his prisoners in alive.”
Mattie Ross: “Where would I find this Rooster?”

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University of Pennsylvania professor Angela Lee Duckworth is known from her 2016 bestseller,“Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance,” and her nonprofit, the Character Lab.
Unlike the description of Rooster Cogburn, her 21st Century descriptors of grit includes passion and perseverance for long-term goals, but she adds to her description what grit isn’t.
She says that, “Grit isn’t talent. Grit isn’t luck. Grit isn’t how intensely, for the moment, you want something. Instead, grit is about having what some researchers call an”ultimate concern”–a …

Multitasking and Instruction

Multitasking and Instruction
Multitasking, Task-switching and Sequential Tasking / Sequential Processing
For our purposes, let’s stipulate the following definitions:
Multitasking (derived from computer industry descriptions of processing)  is simply performing more than one task at the same time. It is not the same thing as performing a single complex task made up of smaller sub-tasks, such as cooking.
Sequential tasking is performing one task at a time, and arriving at a good stopping point before ceasing that work and starting another task. Repeat.
Sequential processing or serial processing is a type of sequential tasking where you specifically perform tasks by starting and finishing individual tasks in the order in which they are received.
In the Army, even whentraining to actually do multiple tasks concurrently or semi-sequentially, multi-tasking is referred to as, “Doing multiple things badly at the same time.”  
Because that is what it is.
There are Efficiency Penalties for Multi-t…