Open to: All teachers.
Opportunity at a Glance: We concluded our previous learning cycle, “The Cycle of Planning,” with “Reflecting Upon Lesson Planning.” But in addition to planning, teachers also develop a strong culture for learning. In this learning cycle, “Building a Culture for Learning,” teachers will unpack the mindsets and lesson characteristics which create a culture of learning. Research shows that a growth mindset can have a positive impact on student learning. Take a look at this professional learning on “Teacher Mindset” in which participants distinguish between a fixed and a growth mindset and identify one to three next steps for fostering a growth mindset in their students.
The Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Learning (CIPL) and the Office of Library Services (OLS) are providing free access to 70 Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) eBook titles. Some titles that connect to building a culture for learning include:
- Unlocking Student Potential: How Do I Identify and Activate Student Strengths? (Book 68, p. 29) Learn about how focusing on strengths is a no-cost, highly effective, nontraditional way of addressing persistent underachievement.
- Better Than Carrots or Sticks: Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management (Book 7, p. 9). Explore a practical blueprint for creating a cooperative and respectful classroom climate in which students and teachers work through behavioral issues collaboratively.
Check back for our next post about defining engagement as it pertains to the classroom environment.