The Case Against Automated Student Data Dashboards

I love data. In my last role as Redesign Administrator at an urban middle school, I immersed myself in it. I downloaded spreadsheets of student performance on a daily basis, and I built beautiful dashboards for the admin team and staff. Our students had unlimited access as well. They could log into our grading system …

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This is How You Bring Student Ownership to Life

Two weeks ago, I took a BuzzFeed quiz titled How Embarrassing Are You? I didn’t think much of it, but figured that it would be a good way to unwind from my day-to-day routine. The rules of the quiz were simple: Check off everything you’ve suffered through before. As I began to check things off the list, I …

Why Growth Mindset Isn’t Working in Schools…Yet

The incredible research by Carol Dweck and her colleagues on the power of mindset in learning has become pervasive in education. The concept of growth mindset shows that contrary to popular belief, people aren’t born smart. Instead, we become smart as a result of hard work, productive effort, and feedback. The idea is quickly gaining traction. In a recent national …

Rule Yourself

Two years after retiring, Michael Phelps announced he was going back into training for the 2016 Olympics. Critics doubted that hard work would be enough. They were wrong - his growth mindset and ownership of his work ethic led to 6 medals  as he became the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time. Phelps Enacts …

Stunted Growth [Mindsets]

A reflection by Rachelle Soroten, Middle School Mathematics Teacher, on best practice of growth mindset in her classroom: The concept of a “growth mindset” is revolutionary in its focus on the learning process and growth. In education, this means reframing talent and knowledge from being innate qualities to things that can be acquired through diligent …

Notifications

Wow, it's been over a month since we wrote about new features we've been developing. Fortunately, it's not because we haven't been building anything... We just got a little bit behind telling you about all the good stuff that's happening. But have no fear, we're getting back on track!  Today, we're happy to tell you about Notifications. Many …