Author Archives: lmcneely

Having a Growth Mindset

My staff started off the year with a discussion about growth mindset versus a fixed mindset.  We watched the following Ted Talk and discussed what it means to actually believe that “some people are born smart.” This shift in thinking and … Continue reading

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An Evolutionary, Democratic Learning Community

Isn’t that a lovely title?  Inspiring?  I can’t take credit for it, it’s the title of chapter seven in Peter H. Johnston’s book Choice Words.  I LOVED this chapter!  It’s a little hard to think about school since in the … Continue reading

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Worth Listening To

It’s very exciting to be in a profession where I can constantly learn new things and grow as a professional.  At least I have to look at it that way because the alternative is way too overwhelming. 🙂 I recently … Continue reading

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Identity

It’s so interesting to ask seven-year olds what they think of themselves.  Sometimes they are spot on with the image they portray and other times they say something totally unexpected.  Some kids are over-confident while others are really hard on … Continue reading

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Putting It Just So

After reading the first two chapters from the book Choice Words, How Our Language Affects Children’s Learning, by Peter H. Johnston I had to stop and think for a long time about my word choice in the classroom.  I was … Continue reading

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Linking Texts Part One

In second grade, my team has been integrating social studies into our reading curriculum.  We originally discovered a text called Our Children Can Soar by Michelle Cook and thought it would make a great text for a paideia seminar during … Continue reading

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Top 5 Things To Look Forward To

Top 5 Things That I’m Implementing This Quarter During Second Grade Literacy 1.  . Using Biography Texts of African American Figures that Lead to a Paidea Seminar on Our Children Can Soar! We will be reading about all kinds of … Continue reading

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