Noteworthy This Week

Katrina Schwartz of KQED's blog Mind/Shift wrote this week about fostering positive mindsets in students:

Early in his career Dr. Robert Brooks became the principal of a school in a locked-door unit at McLean Psychiatric Hospital. He and his staff of teachers worked with children and adolescents who were severely disturbed and whose behavior showed their turmoil. Within the first few months, Brooks felt demoralized and dreaded work each day.

“I had a very negative mindset,” Brooks said at a Learning and the Brain conference on mindsets in San Francisco. Brooks is now a psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is the author of over a dozen books, including Raising Resilient Children. He has spent his career researching how to help develop resilience in children and adults, working extensively with educators in many contexts.
— Mind/Shift Blog at KQED

Read more at Mind/Shift.


Nicole Garman at Education World discusses why schools in Singapore better prepare students in math and science than do schools in America:

The latest results from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)—an international assessment of 60 participating countries—have been released to prove that once again Singapore’s students dominate both math and science in every tested grade level.

This raises a familiar question: What makes Singapore students so STEM-savvy and what can U.S. students learn from them to improve?
— Nicole Garman, Education World

Read more at EducationWorld.com.


Stanford's Dean of Freshmen, Julie Lythcott-Haims, challenged parents and educators to examine how they approach the education and development of their children and students in a TED talk titled, How to raise successful kids - without over-parenting.