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For the past 26 years, I have collected, hoarded, stored, and displayed every item I deemed crucial for teaching kindergarten. In this newspaper clipping from April 2012, you can get an idea of my Kindergarten Kaleidoscope. You’ll notice action and color. My old belief was “Keep Them Busy and Keep Them Awake!” I nailed it. NAILED. IT.
Most of us pay close attention to how our body feels. We visit the doctor when we're sick and alter our diet when we react negatively to certain foods. But, how many of us pay attention to our mental well-being? The mind works in a similar way to the body, thriving off of healthy choices and struggling under stress.
Looking for gift ideas for the kids on your holiday shopping list? This year, I decided to give all my young nieces and nephews books instead of toys. I think their parents will appreciate fewer gadgets and gizmos, and I love the chance to help grow their libraries.
Learning to code is becoming increasingly prevalent in today's schools and afterschool programs. And why not? There are countless benefits of learning to code: practicing critical thinking, problem solving, processing, and systematic thinking skills, to name a few.
One can argue that applying a growth mindset to any skill or trade can help you improve in that domain. While this may be true, I’d argue that it’s hard to find a practice that pairs more seamlessly with programming than growth mindset. There is a hot debate in the education world about whether coding is the new literacy of the future. Because we’ve seen the adoption of coding curricula spread nationwide, we want to explore how growth mindset can tie into this practice.