A Refreshing Thought: No One Knows

We spoke with designers who tweet every five minutes, and designers who work in the shadows until they have something to share. We heard from designers who made us laugh, and designers who made us think deeply. Many had shared goals, but none pursued those goals in the same way. They are all just people….

It’s OK to Fail; In Fact, It’s a Good Thing

It’s OK to Fail; In Fact, It’s a Good Thing. When I was a kid, I played the violin. I can’t say how good I was, but I always compared my playing to my teachers’ playing and to that of professionals like Itzhak Perlman and Isaac Stern. They made it look so effortless, and I…

Eight Books Worth Reading

Eight Books Worth Reading. Check out this article on Eight books that everyone should read. How many have you read? What books would you add to this list?

Faith and Family: A Kwanzaa Story

The seven-day celebration of Kwanzaa takes place between Christmas and New Year’s Day. A friend of mine, James, throws a big party on one of the days inviting family and friends to learn about the holiday and to share stories and ideas about the principle for that day. For the uninitiated, each day of Kwanzaa…

New Term, New Goals

Well, it’s the start of another semester. So far, it seems pretty good. The students seem to be really engaged, which is good. I have lately been less tolerant of students who do not want to be in school. This is college, after all. You do not have to be here, so why take it…

Late to my own funeral–with any luck!

Some time ago, I found this link on a friend’s website “Sorry I’m Late”. The article describes a situation to which most teachers are accustomed: students straggling in late to class. After being vexed by this problem repeatedly, the irate prof confronts his students whereupon he learns that the customs related to time at that…

Thinking about *Mindset*

    Having posted summaries of the first two chapters of Mindset, I’d like to post some questions that came to mind about the book. Please respond with what you think about these issues. I would love to hear your ideas. Topics for discussion: The main idea of these chapters is an illustration of the…

Mindset — Chapter Two

The other day, I posted part of my summary of chapter one of  Carol Dweck’s book Mindset. Here is a portion of my summary of chapter two. The chapter begins with a review of the concepts in the previous chapter and with the added assertion that mindset is a choice. One can change one’s beliefs…

Mindset

    Some time ago, my mother asked me to read a book with her called Mindset by Carol Dweck.  She and the other teachers at the school were asked by the principal to read the book and to discuss certain chapters. As I read, I also summarized, simply as a mechanism to push me…