Mind Shift

How to Find Balance When Too Much Self-Doubt Gets in the Way

By all appearances, Sophia D. is the model of a successful student. A senior at an Ivy League college, she has maintained a grade-point average of 3.75 while working 10 hours a week, joining a sorority and running regularly. She carries herself with a subtle swagger that suggests confidence without arrogance, competence without hubris. She seems poised to conquer the world.
“Self-doubt drives me,” she said with a weak smile when asked to explain the root of her ambition. “It’s the key to my success.”

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Transforming Physicists, Engineers into Teachers at New MIT Program

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Doyung Lee is a living rebuke to the old maxim that those who can, do, and those who can’t, teach.
Lee, who is 24, has a bachelor’s degree in engineering that led him to become a programmer, a profession with high pay and good prospects. But he said he was “pretty miserable in that job. You don’t interact with people. You develop web apps you never see people use, and that weren’t meaningful to me.”

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Setting School Culture With Social And Emotional Learning Routines

Over the past several decades public education has shifted to focus on literacy and math learning, largely due to high stakes tests measuring those two elements of school. But educators have long known that while reading, writing and math are important to academic success, they are far from the only qualities students need to go forth and lead productive lives.

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4 Tools to Help Empower Kids to Stand Up for What’s Right

Compared to some of the other social and emotional learning (SEL) strengths, there’s limited research on courage. For some psychologists, however, what defines courage is clear: To be courageous is to identify a meaningful goal and make the choice to reach it, despite personal risk. But what’s “meaningful”?

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Using Board Games to Help Fight and Understand Bias

Quick, think of a physicist.
If you’re anything like me, you probably didn’t have to think very hard before the names Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton popped up.
But what if I asked you to think of a female physicist? What about a black, female physicist?
You may have to think a bit harder about that. For years, mainstream accounts of history have largely ignored or forgotten the scientific contributions of women and people of color.

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What’s The Difference Between Children’s Books In China And The U.S.?

What are the hidden messages in the storybooks we read to our kids?
That’s a question that may occur to parents as their children dive into the new books that arrived over the holidays.
And it’s a question that inspired a team of researchers to set up a study. Specifically, they wondered how the lessons varied from storybooks of one country to another.
For a taste of their findings, take a typical book in China: The Cat That Eats Letters.

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5 Things To Know About Kids and Their Screen Time

After another round of holidays, it’s safe to assume, a lot of children have been diving into media more than usual. They may have received new electronic toys and gadgets or downloaded new apps and games. Managing all that bleeping and buzzing activity causes anxiety in many parents. Here’s a roundup of some of the latest research, combined with some of our previous reporting, to help guide your decision-making around family screen use.
1. Globally, tech brings young people opportunity as well as risk

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The Benefits of Helping Teens Identify Their Purpose in Life

It’s 12:15 p.m. on a Tuesday in December and 30 students gather for an unusual class at the Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics, a public high school located in one of the country’s poorest Congressional districts. Two seniors, who have been trained to lead the class, are presiding over today’s session on the theme of interpersonal connection. They project a slide on a topic of near-universal interest to teenagers – social media. It asks, “How connected are we?” and then presents three provocative quotes for students to contemplate:

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In Our Connected World, What If Empathy Is Learning?

By Thom Markham
Observing a group of students conversing deeply as a team, checking resources on a Chromebook, presenting solutions to a problem in a project, or responding to open ended questions, you might ask yourself: What the heck is going on? Is this learning?

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How Educators Can Model Democratic Decision Making In Schools

Excerpted from “These Schools Belong to You and Me: Why We Can’t Afford to Abandon Our Public Schools” by Deborah Meier and Emily Gasoi (Beacon Press, 2017). Reprinted with Permission from Beacon Press. The following excerpt was written by Meier. 
FOSTERING A CULTURE OF TRUST

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