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Winter 2016

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Article Brenda Mendoza With the holidays in full swing educators have plenty going on in their personal lives as well as in their middle of year school preparations. As educators we have so much already on our plates, that we think how much more can we take? With guided reading groups, guided math, math meetings, writing workshops, RTI, PLC, PBIS, assessments, lesson plans, grouping, interventions, (yikes, take a breath) and, committee meetings just to name a few. When do we have time to be change agents in our school, our community, our state, or even at the national level? Well I'm here to tell you, it's possible! Like the great Mahatma Gandhi once said, "Be the change you wish to see in the world!" It's not going to happen immediately, it's going to take some thoughtfully planned choices. It's going to start through profound reflection and only through this reflection will you develop a growth mindset. Through changing your mind you will start changing your world and then you will truly be a change agent. Here you will find a few full proof strategies already tried by numerous educators. Develop a Growth Mindset The first strategy is very simple and takes very little time, it's developing a growth mindset. What is a growth mindset? According to professor of psychology and Stanford Alumni Carol Deck a growth mindset is a positive way of thinking that equals success and growth. When an Be the Change; While Still in the Classroom WINTER 2016 | VOLUME 62 | NUMBER 4 | PAGE 62

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