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Time is Precious, Lesson Plan for Multiple Purposes

We all dread the four letter word of education: TIME! I want to talk a little today about how you can get more out of your time with your kids, how to plan to hit multiple skills and domains at once.

This post is the start of a series of posts that I have in mind, on how you can multiply the number of skills that you are working on with your kids as you plan for lessons. I am going to make a few assumptions:
You believe that you are teacher of the whole child, not just your content area. (If you don't believe this please take some time to evaluate your position!)You believe that all skills, like content, can and should be taught. It is our job to teach these skills in school, for example the 4 Cs (you know the 4 Cs, right? 😏, just in case they are listed below.)CommunicationCollaborationCritical ThinkingCreation Let's say you want your kids to do a research project. When lesson planning you could simply through a rubric together or find one online, hand it out to the kids, and…

Blogging and Growth Mindset, More Connected Than You Think.

This morning has been about Growth Mindset and blogging. The two go hand in hand... stick with me.

Growth Mindset is all about the idea that we do not contain a fixed set of abilities, talents, and intelligences. Growth Mindset is really the idea that we can develop abilities, talents, and intelligences by dedicating time to solid and mindful practice.

Blogging is all about developing the ability to create a voice as a writer, content to share, putting together a message that connects with others, and connecting to others through the blog. Many of the things that take place through a blog do not happen overnight. You can start a blog and write your first post within minutes of each other, sure. It takes time to develop a voice, find your niché, evolve your interest, and most importantly connect with others that can embolden and/or challenge your potential.

Blogging and Growth Mindset have a huge place in education and can have a reciprocal relationship! This mindset and activity get o…