Does Your Feedback Help or Hinder Learning? An Inquiry into Effective Feedback

 “We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.”  -Bill Gates talking to business leaders Initial thoughts There are two basic forms of feedback. Numerical or letter grades rank a student’s relative standing among classmates. The student feels good with a high grade or poorly with Read More …

An Intersection of Adult Education with Habits of Mind

  By Carol Hill Adults with low academic skills struggle in a number of ways. Statistics are only part of the narrative. Most adult basic education students have stories of failure and resilience. Oftentimes failure describes academic struggles (Belzer, 2004; Crowther, Maciachlan & Tett, 2010; Davis, 2014). Furthermore, failure also Read More …

Resources for Home Learning

  By Aixa Perez-Prado The need for all of us to shelter in place during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surplus of interesting, innovative and informative free online resources for home learning. The following are just a few of the many remote learning opportunities available for parents and Read More …

Leaning on Habits of Mind in Times of Fear and Uncertainty

  By Dr. Nick Bruski “The Easter Bunny came! He took a responsible risk!” (heard from a 3rd grade student) The Institute for the Habits of Mind has a vision, “To create a more thoughtful, cooperative, compassionate generation of people who skillfully work to resolve social, environmental, economic and political Read More …

After the Conference: Developing Personal and Practical Knowledge

  “Learning can’t exist in a vacuum or silo. It needs to be connected both to why you do what you do and how you go about getting things done in your everyday work.” —Tanveer Naseer Why is it that teachers go to conferences or have school seminars, yet no Read More …

The 9 Habits of Mind for Powerful Writing

For many individuals the ability to select a topic, conjure up ideas, and then write about it is a tough process. Even more arduous is the action of physically building focused behaviors to continue writing with reader appeal in mind. It takes persistence, focus, pacing, planning, questioning yourself, developing your Read More …