Imagine Blue Backpacks for Utah Foster Kids

Every year across the nation, close to half a million foster children go back to school.

Unfortunately, too many of these children have just entered the foster care system with nothing but a few articles of clothing and personal items stuffed into a garbage bag. And school supplies aren’t likely to be among those belongings.

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Mistakes Are Okay! 10 Inspirational Quotes on Mistakes

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You may have heard the term “growth mindset” quite a bit lately. The true power of establishing a growth mindset revolves around the idea that an individual’s abilities and intelligence can be developed through hard work, dedication, and the right kind of mentoring.

This idea contrasts the traditional “fixed mindset” approach to learning, which says intelligence is static and we are pretty much born with what we have, for better or worse.

A fixed mindset can be toxic in the classroom, especially in a subject like mathematics. Students can quickly become frustrated or discouraged if they make mistakes, which can lead to a loss of confidence and motivation.

Teachers who embrace a growth mindset will often find students coming out of their comfort zones and achieving more than they ever thought possible. Read more »

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A Back-to-School Mindset: 4 Easy Tips for Educators

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It’s hard to believe, but the end of summer break approaches. The question is–do you view the prospect with delight or dread?

If you’re like most educators, the answer probably lies somewhere in between both extremes. But even the best back-to-school plan can use a few practical tips.

So, to help you get back in the game, here are 4 ways to boost your back-to-school mindset and keep your head in the game before the new school year even begins. Read more »

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6 Summer Math Activities for Kids of Any Age

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Summer is upon us and students across the country are getting a well-deserved break from the rigors of academia. The pleasant weather and time off make summer a favorite season for children and adults alike, but learning doesn’t have to stop just because school is on summer break.

The dreaded “summer slide” in learning impacts all students, with low-income students feeling the biggest hit – losing 2.5 to 3 months of grade level equivalency over the summer months. The impact of summer learning decay is felt largely in mathematics, setting some students up for failure once they go back to school in September.

But all hope is not lost.

Aside from alternatives to traditional summer learning programs (i.e., online math programs), students can continue to think mathematically over summer break by turning everyday activities into math-learning opportunities. Read more »

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What Makes Game-Based Learning So Effective–& How Does It Work?

When we think of games, we often think of them as somewhat trivial or just for fun, but can a game-based learning environment really change the way students learn and teachers teach?

Researchers agree that people learn best in a game environment, more than any other traditional form of instruction, but why?

Imagine Math gamesPeople love games. We like to have fun and we especially like to win. While it may go without saying, this tendency holds true in a learning environment as well.

Winning doesn’t necessarily imply there is a loser. Some of the best game-based instructional tools provide students with a judgement-free learning environment, helping them achieve many small wins over time that lead to higher motivation and less stress.

This concept also counters the pass/fail model of testing and evaluations by allowing students to focus more on learning the material and improving so that they can move on to the next level. Read more »

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