Make Your Classroom A Greenhouse

I have a buddy in the greenhouse business. They design and build structures of all shapes and sizes to accommodate the needs of customers all around the country. Flowers, vegetables, grasses, and trees can safely grow year-round because the company creates spaces that maintain ideal conditions for growth in spite of the environment outside of … Continue reading Make Your Classroom A Greenhouse

Helping Students Fail Forward

Author and speaker John Maxwell has written a number of books about success. One of my favorites is Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes Into Stepping Stones for Success. In the book, Maxwell shares stories of a number of prominent people who experienced significant failures and then moved on from those failures in dramatic, positive ways.  In … Continue reading Helping Students Fail Forward

Applying Weiner’s Attribution Theory to Educational Outcomes

If you think back to your college psychology class, you might recall attribution theory. If not, let me refresh your memory. When we attempt to attribute a cause to the behavior of another, we are exercising attribution theory. In classrooms, this plays out in the heads of our students in a variety of ways. A … Continue reading Applying Weiner’s Attribution Theory to Educational Outcomes

Setting Growth Goals

If you’ve spent any time in the personal development arena, you will see a multiplicity of references to setting goals and growth. Many of those references put goals and growth at differing ends of the spectrum making each appear as a mutually exclusive aim. The truth of the matter is that both can peacefully coexist … Continue reading Setting Growth Goals

Bringing Optimism Into The Classroom

You may know the names Norman Vincent Peale, James Allen, Earl Nightingale, Robert Schuller, and Dale Carnegie largely because of their work in the area of positive thinking. One of my favorite proponents is Zig Ziglar. In his book, Born to Win: Find Your Success Code, he wrote the following: Positive thinking won’t allow you … Continue reading Bringing Optimism Into The Classroom