Growth Mindset | The Power of Believing that You Can Improve

Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain’s capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.

Design Better with Canva

A few years ago, I made an independent reading project assignment for students to create a poster for their book. In response, I received a good handful of posters that consisted of plain white copy paper, some stick figures, and poorly-drawn speech bubbles. While the content was good, the execution was weak. I knew I needed to retool the assignment to elicit better work from my students. In search of this better assignment, I stumbled upon Canva.

Canva is an online graphic design tool that allows creators to build beautiful designs. I use Canva as a tool for students to present their work in a more engaging way. Students can sign in with their Google accounts and jump right in to creating a design. Canva has several templates to choose from, or students can work on a blank document and build their own. Canva designs can be collaborative, a feature that isn’t true of many design platforms. I use Canva to make better syllabi, more engaging slides, and easy-to-follow infographics.

Canva is free to use, but has quite a few premium features. I find that teaching students to avoid those premium features is an important learning tool, especially because it’s a lesson I’ve had to remind myself of many times. The drag-and-drop style of Canva makes it so easy to use, that every design I’ve made using Canva has looked good.

If you’re trying to find a way to make more engaging and interesting designs for your content, look no further than Canva!

Is Going Paperless Best For Students?

As the District moves closer to a 1:1 Chromebook scenario it is easy to think that we can do everything electronically, that we no longer should be printing. Before we go paperless, we need to ask the question, “Is going paperless best for students?”

Interactive notebooks is one example of why we should not go “paperless” at this point in time. I am sure that others can add additional items to this the list.

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Spring State Testing 2018 using the AIR Secure Test Browser

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Spring testing for Ohio’s State Tests in Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and other subjects begin this week, and almost all of them utilize the secure browser test administration tool by AIR (American Institute for Research, a contractor for Ohio Department of Education). A few things have changed from last year, so a review is worthwhile. Continue reading “Spring State Testing 2018 using the AIR Secure Test Browser”

About Internet & Online Safety at Streetsboro City Schools

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The social, emotional, and online welfare of our students is one of our top priorities at Streetsboro City Schools. Our mission – to partner with families and communities to provide a personalized education that inspires and empowers students to be lifelong learners and productive members of our global society – doesn’t just matter in the classroom, or on the playground. It matters online, too.

Keeping kids safe online is one of our expanded missions at Streetsboro, and we do everything we can to best prepare our students for what lies ahead. Continue reading “About Internet & Online Safety at Streetsboro City Schools”

National Walkout Day 2018 to End Gun Violence

Statement from Superintendent Mike Daulbaugh:

If there was ever any doubt regarding the class and integrity of our students, there shouldn’t be now. I just had the honor of standing by our students as they honored the seventeen victims of the Parkland Florida tragedy. Under the direction and planning of the student leadership team, students departed the school in a silent and orderly fashion and walked to the stadium. Continue reading “National Walkout Day 2018 to End Gun Violence”

How to talk to your children about scary news

How to talk with your kids about scary news

Recent school shootings, international conflicts or natural disasters in the news can have a profound effect on children many miles from the scene. The sheer volume of media exposure of disturbing tragedies makes it difficult to prevent kids from experiencing them vicariously through the news.

The most important thing to do first is to start the conversation. Continue reading “How to talk to your children about scary news”