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Our third email will have you looking specifically at how learning mindsets are talked about within learning cultures.
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Topic: Reflection & Dialogue


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Start to understand how Learning Mindsets are talked about within learning cultures.


Our next email will have you looking specifically at how learning mindsets are talked about within learning cultures. Learning mindsets and skills is as much of an ongoing conversation, as it is a set of skills. In the documentary below, we will hear from experts on how the work of learning mindsets can be continued.
As you read and watch the materials we’ve provided, take some notes on the things you hear. What do you agree and disagree with, and why?

“Reflection & Dialogue” Short Documentary

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Featured Materials


Below is a preview of some of the additional readings, videos, comics, and other resources to enhance your learning regarding this email’s topic. You can review these materials in full by going to the course landing page.
 
 

PODCAST: Elliot Washer and Carlos Moreno from Bigger Picture Learning
An interview with Elliot Washer and Carlos Moreno, the co-founder and co-executive producer (respectively) of Big Picture Learning.

 

PODCAST: Anna Kawar & Rachel Beattie from the Carnegie Foundation
This podcast features a conversation between Carnegie Foundation members Anna Kawar, Associate for Improvement Science, and Rachel Beattie, Director of Productive Persistence.

 

ARTICLE: How Not To Talk To Your Kids
A written piece by Po Bronson. It sheds light on how too much praise can actually hinder learners from progressing educationally.

 

ARTICLE: The Perils of Growth Mindset
An article by Alfie Kohn. It raises the question of whether or not mindset work is a new way of placing blame on learners as opposed to the structural environments that claim to educate them.

Activity: Presentation of Learning

 

Instructions


Presentations of learning are a cornerstone of the learning process at High Tech High, and many of the other schools represented in our course. We believe this to be one of the more powerful aspects of our assessment approach, and it is for that reason that we would like you to present on your learning from this course.

This presentation of learning should share the intervention you planned and implemented within your learning context. A successful presentation of learning should answer the following questions:
  • What were your key learnings from the Learning Mindsets and Skills Course? 
  • How would you describe the changes that you made in your learning community to promote Learning Mindsets and skills? What were your findings? 
  • What next steps do you foresee in order to share your learning with a wider audience and at scale within your learning community? 
Film yourself giving this presentation, or even give it live to some willing peers, that is no more than 5-10 minutes in length.
 

Feedback (Optional)

Have a peer look over your assignment and assess you based on these criteria:
  • Was the final presentation of learning submitted in the form of a video that was no more than 5-10 minutes in length?
  • Was there a visual element (Photographs, slideshow, etc.) submitted as part of the presentation of learning?
  • Did the presentation of learning include reflections on the required question prompts below?
    • What were your key learnings from the Learning Mindsets and Skills Course? 
    • How would you describe the changes that you made in your learning community to promote Learning Mindsets and skills? What were your findings? 
    • What next steps do you foresee in order to share your learning with a wider audience and at scale within your learning community?
  • Try and use the following sentence for feedback: “Your thinking/ideas could be pushed to the next level if you [insert feedback here]."

Activity Models




Student Activity Models
If you need inspiration, look at the student models provided within the document above to see how others completed this assignment.*

*This document is a zip file of multiple presentations. Keep in mind that this file is larger than most files in this course, and can only be viewed by downloading to your computer and opening it.

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