Our Favorite Tweets: November 2022

Pairing Our Emotions to Music Our school district @FPSFarmingtonCT uses the @rulerapproach in our #music curriculum in multiple ways, here grade 3 is listening and describing the mood of music while developing #EmotionalIntelligence here’s an ex. @FarmingtonUns @marcbrackett @NAfME pic.twitter.com/U8cPGgad7j — Farmington Music (@FarmingtonMUSIC) November 22, 2022 Metacognition Questions IMPROVE metacognition with these 9 questions.https://t.co/5lvoQjJvZp

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SEL Read Aloud: The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken

Summary A girl draws a picture — first of a girl, then of her immediate surroundings, and eventually of her entire world. She reflects on every step along her artistic journey. These include the things that go according to her plan, her mistakes, and even her attempts to correct for those mistakes that always obscure

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STEM Challenge: What’s Your Superpower?

Hook, Challenge, and Constraints Hook The mayor just shared an amazing secret with me. It seems the traffic jam trolls never really go away. They will strike every day, if we let them. Whenever we find ourselves blaming, complaining, or giving up, it’s because a troll has struck! But we have a super power. We

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Our Favorite Tweets: October 2022

Articulating Our Emotions He described every feeling I was having at the exact same points pic.twitter.com/shSYolXR5r — OnlyZans (@OnlyZans) September 12, 2022 Persistence vs. Obstinance There’s a fine line between persistence and obstinance. Persistence is refusing to give up on a difficult goal. Obstinance is refusing to consider a different path. Grit is not about

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SEL Read Aloud: The Bad Seed by Jory John

Summary This is the story of a sunflower seed, who has come to see himself as a bad seed. He does all kinds of things — big and small — that annoy and inconvenience other the seeds. They talk about him behind his back, and he knows it. He used to be a pleasant seed,

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STEM Challenge: Arachnikid’s New Bunkmate

Challenge and Constraints Challenge and Constraint We have a huge Stop Sign today. Platinum Patroller wants to sleep on the top bunk. We’ve got to use the architectural techniques we’ve learned to build the bunkbed strong enough to hold his incredible weight without turning Arachnikid into a pancake. Materials You may also provide these optional

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Our Favorite Tweets: September 2022

Productive Struggle Learning to work through productive struggle together today with a challenging rich task! @pgliljedahl @HFLMS pic.twitter.com/H5RirgvCqv — Rob Sanford (@HFLEdTech) September 14, 2022 Visibly-Random Groupings These are good ideas for grouping on non-lab days. For high schoolers, I will have to make sure they are keeping the groups random by taking the time

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SEL Read Aloud: Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

Summary After a series of swimming lessons, Jabari goes to the swimming pool with his dad and sister and tells them he is finally ready to jump off the diving board. Walking towards the diving board and climbing the first rungs of the ladder, Jabari shows and voices hesitation. With support from his dad, he

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STEM Challenge: Our Playgrounds Have Been Struck!

Hook, Challenge, and Constraints Hook You’re probably wondering what happened to my office. All of the villains — Evil Egghead, Sir Ion, and Magnidude — have teamed up to create a truly evil machine: The Troll-Flinger 5000. They just used it to launch the trolls into my office, and they’ve been using it to destroy

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Our Favorite Tweets: August 2022

Harvard Project Zero’s Thinking Routine Toolbox I didn’t know about this resource, so dropping it here for others who didn’t either!!! TONS of discussion protocols!! https://t.co/fjt262jMwI — Alex Shevrin Venet (@AlexSVenet) July 29, 2022 The Museum of Failure There’s a “Museum of Failure” in Sweden which highlights 150+ failed products. It’s meant to show that

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SEL Read Aloud: My Strong Mind: A Story About Developing Mental Strength by Neils van Hove

Summary Some things come easily for Kate, but she can’t help but focus on the things that are hard, such as getting ready for school on time, doing cartwheels with her friends, and speaking in front of her class. They are even harder because Kate ends up making her parents upset or getting teased by

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STEM Challenge: Magnidude Is Shaking Our Statues

Hook, Challenge, and Constraints Hook I’m taking cover because we’re being attacked by a super villain. His name is Magnadude, and he’s been causing earthquakes deep under the ground all day. And it gets worse! The three traffic-jam trolls are with him — Blame Troll, Complain Troll, and Give-Up Troll! These trolls are nasty. They

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Imagineerz@School Teaching Tip: Helping Students Learn from Failure

Levitra sicuro comprare online Alcune farmacie ad alto volume sono aperte anche come distributori automatici. Cocaina? Columbia Pharmaceuticals serve chiunque abbia 18 anni e più? La FTC ha l’autorità di indagare sulle società che conducono affari su Internet. prezzo viagra cialis Questa è una grande terapia con tonnellate di benefici. Non esiste una legge federale

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Our Favorite Tweets: July 2022

Turn and Learn pic.twitter.com/wqLr7t8LYm — Kimberly Melchor (@KimberlyMelcho6) July 8, 2022 Bad Motivation Bingo It’s hard to change people’s values. It’s easier to appeal to the values they already hold. When you push your principles, people shut down. If you speak to their principles, they open up. Motivating others requires knowledge of what matters to

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SEL Read Aloud: A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant

Summary Horace Pippin was a boy with big hands who loved to make art. Because he was so big and strong, he had many responsibilities in his family, but he drew pictures whenever free time he had. His classmates loved his artwork, and he even won a magazine contest for his drawings. When Horace was

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STEM Challenge: Arachnikid Needs Skyscrapers

Hook, Challenge, and Constraints Hook Welcome to New York, home to some of the tallest buildings in the world — skyscrapers! It’s also the home of the newest resident of Superhero Metropolis, Arachnikid. She uses strong, stretchy strands of bubblegum to swing from skyscraper to skyscraper and catch bad guys on the run. But when

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Imagineerz@School Teaching Tip: Handling “I’m Done!” and “I’m Not Done Yet!”

“I’m done!” and “I’m not done yet!” are two of the most common things you’ll hear during building time. We’ve got you covered for those tricky moments that always seem to come just as building time is starting or right before it’s over. “I’m Done!” If one of your students completes a challenge and is

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Imagineerz@School Module Preview: Module 5: 10 Lessons in 10 GIFs

1. IMAGI-NATION!   2. Welcome Teams!   3. Teams that work well together will dominate this competition.   4. Dude! Are you trying to gt us disqualified?!   5. Karen’s Family Construction   6. The coolest Gube Goldberg machine yet!   7. Mind Blown   8. Remember, sometimes it works. Sometimes… YOU LEARN!   9.

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Our Favorite Tweets: June 2022

Are You Smart? What does it mean to be “smart”? Seth Godin (@ThisIsSethsBlog ) offers a characteristically astute answer. pic.twitter.com/bYjyXu2eNQ — Daniel Pink (@DanielPink) June 9, 2022 Avoiding Pessimism Is Key Optimism has little bearing on health. Avoiding pessimism matters more. 61 studies, 221k people: health is predicted more by the absence of pessimism than

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SEL Read Aloud: After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat

Summary In this expansion of the original nursery rhyme, Humpty Dumpty goes into greater detail about the emotional toll his accident had on him long after the king’s men were able to physically restore him. He wasn’t the same at his fall. He was too scared to return to the wall where he once watched

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STEM Challenge: Platinum Patroller Lands

Hook, Challenge, and Constraints Hook The Platinum Patroller just moved into town. He’s a guy cool — he wears a cool suit made of platinum and flies around fighting bad guys. As he was doing that yesterday, he landed on one of our bridges, and it collapsed into the water, leaving him soaked. He was

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Imagineerz@School Teaching Tip: Perfecting Parent Emails

In order for our growth mindset strategies to take hold with your students, they need to be reinforced at home, whenever possible. Facilitate Car Ride and Dinner Time Conversations Take pictures during building time. Even if parents only skim your emails, they’ll likely check out pictures, and pictures generate questions and connections. Look out for i-Can! moments to share. Give

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Imagineerz@School Module Preview: Module 4: 10 Lessons in 10 GIFs

1. Hello from the SkyStar Observation Wheel!   2. Wheels and Axles, Levers, and Inclined Planes   3. Let’s go!   4. Are we there yet?   5. Welcome!   6. Tidal Wave   7. Oh, ye of little faith…   8. I got an idea, brah!   9. The Greatest Invention Since Sliced Pita

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Our Favorite Tweets: May 2022

Feel Your Feelings. Happy #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth! This May, we’re focused on feelings: identifying them, sharing them, and most importantly, FEELING them. pic.twitter.com/2H4c1QrokF — The Mental Health Coalition (@mentalhealthcln) May 2, 2022 Don’t Forget You Can… Motivation going into the weekend, go easy on yourself! 😌 pic.twitter.com/BT44F1oy5O — Kristin Portsmouth (@design_by_kp) April 30, 2022 The Perfectionism Spiral

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SEL Read Aloud: The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein

Summary On the day of the school talent show, like every other day, Beatrice wakes up and completes her morning routine. She gets dressed, makes her bed, feeds her hamster, and packs lunch for her brother Carl. She remembers to do everything, and she does everything just right. When Beatrice and Carl leave to go

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STEM Challenge: Bridging Sir Ion’s Wrath

Hook, Challenge, and Constraints Hook A super villain named Sir Ion, who can control metal with his mind, has destroyed all but one of the bridges in Superhero Metropolis. He accidentally sat on a bowl of chocolate pudding, and when people started laughing at him, he got extremely upset, destroying all the metal bridges in

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Imagineerz@School Teaching Tip: Hot Tips for Hot Glue

There are three simple materials you can add to your stock that are sure to boost creativity in your classroom. Rubber bands Binder clips Hot glue guns Hot glue, in particular, allows for more complex and sturdy creations. It’s a great alternative to tape, but comes with some unique challenges. We hope you’ll keep these ideas in mind when sharing

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Imagineerz@School Module Preview: Module 3: 10 Lessons in 10 GIFs

1. Hi there. I’m Special Agent L, the head of Imagineerz.   2. NASA will undoubtedly encounter a lot of problems on the way to Mars. That’s where we come in.   3. Disaster in Orbit!   4. The Trolls Take Off   5. We’ve Hit a STOP Sign   6. Our mission today is

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Our Favorite Tweets: April 2022

First Three Dominos Don’t skip the first three dominos. pic.twitter.com/HEY4YKvtH8 — Janis Ozolins (@OzolinsJanis) March 28, 2022 Recognize-Understand-Label-Express-Regulate You’ll always have emotions. It’s time to learn how to deal with them! – @marcbrackett from his book “Permission to feel” pic.twitter.com/euz1sLvI1U — Saba Yazdani (@saba_yazdani) March 24, 2022 Make It Your Explicit Goal to Be Uncomfortable

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SEL Read Aloud: What Do You Do with a Chance? by Kobi Yamada

Summary One day, a little boy gets a chance. It appears in the form of a shiny golden origami butterfly, but it could represent anything. The chance flies all around the boy, but he isn’t sure what to do with it. When he starts to grab for it, he hesitates and it flies away. The

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STEM Challenge: Calm Down, Sulk!

Hook, Challenge, and Constraints Hook The Amazing Brainiac has a new roommate, the Incorrigible Sulk. She’s a superhero with super strength as well as a great friend, but she gets upset easily and whenever that happens, she tends to destroy everything! When she went to the ice cream shop to get some mint chocolate chip

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Imagineerz@School Teaching Tip: i-Can! Stories

What’s an i-Can! Story? Here are some tips on sharing our stories in your classroom. An i-Can! Story IS… An opportunity to review STOP Signs and common problem-solving strategies with your students. A chance for students to visualize and internalize growth mindset. Lots of fun — an opportunity for you to laugh along with students! An i-Can! Story ISN’T… Supposed to go any certain

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Imagineerz@School Module Preview: Module 1: 10 Lessons in 10 GIFs

1. Welcome New Agents     2. Introducing Special Agent L   3. Four Steps   4. Boys! Boys! I’ve got it!   5. Welcome to your first lesson in troll dodging.   6. STOP Sign!   7. I CAN!   8. I-CAN MAN   9. Oh man! Building time is over?!   10. Blast

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Our Favorite Tweets: March 2022

Wellbeing Bingo! A really easy way to check in with my tutees… The most interesting fact involved a bumhole and 2 raccoons 🤦‍♀️ #formtutorsarevital #studentwellbeing pic.twitter.com/TE74xEPNi8 — Naomi-Jane Roche (@NaomiJaneRoche) February 17, 2022 Kid Hotline Offers Advice An inspired art project that teaches empathy. Imagine if we liberated all teachers & kids from the tyranny

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SEL Read Aloud: When Sophie Thinks She Can’t… by Molly Bang

Summary Sophie is a little girl who loves gardening. One day, when she is struggling to solve a jigsaw puzzle, her older sister walks up and solves it for her, telling her she wasn’t smart enough to solve it herself. The next day at school, Sophie is still upset and convinced she isn’t smart. Her

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Imagineerz@School Teaching Tip: Materials Tips

Standard Materials Make sure you have enough tape for each lesson (students go through tape like a goats eating grass). We recommend 1 roll of tape per 2 students as well as a few backup rolls for the entire class. We discourage adding complex materials (e.g. googly eyes, pipe cleaners, etc.) that may make challenges easier or inhibit students’ creativity. Card

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STEM Challenge: Brainiac’s Secret Hideout

Hook, Challenge, and Constraints  Hook The Amazing Brainiac is the world’s smartest superhero who can predict crime before it happens. She has been getting picked on by an evil supergenius, Egghead, who just built himself a cool, secret lair that’s really tall and fancy. Now he’s making fun of Brainiac’s old, dusty hideout that

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Imagineerz@School Teaching Tip: Highlights From Our Training Video

45 minutes of building time is key. Keep your opening to the lesson concise (no more than 15 minutes), so your students can maximize their building time. Students need at least 45 minutes to build, fail, adapt, and repeat the process. Encourage students to think about WHAT to build, not HOW to build it. If

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STEM Challenge: You’re on a Mission!

Challenge and Constraints Our first mission comes from Madame Amazonia. She’s a superhero that speaks with animals and teams up with them to save the environment. She needs us to make some animal sidekicks for her. She has requested that we only make animals that have legs that can stand on their own, so no

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Our Favorite Tweets: January 2022

Reframing Your Thoughts From @EdgarCayceARE on Twitter: Your thoughts create your reality. In 2022, develop a growth mindset by becoming aware of what you are thinking. Challenge negative thoughts. Reframing them to something positive can make a huge impact. They can turn into actions that alter the course of your future. into actions that alter the

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SEL Tip: Remember WHY

Teach students this acronym for when they encounter obstacles: Whoops! Instead of “Dang it!” try “Whoops!” to normalize and celebrate failure How? Instead of “Can I?” try “How can I…?” to foster ideating Yet Instead of “I can’t do this!” try “I can’t do this yet!” to foster prototyping and testing Together, these ways of reframing our

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SEL Read Aloud: Your Fantastic Elastic Brain by JoAnn Deak

An informational text that promotes growth mindset by introducing young readers to the parts of the brain and their jobs Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: A Growth Mindset Book for Kids to Stretch and Shape Their Brains by JoAnn Deak Ph.D.

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Our Favorite Tweets: December 2021

Social-Emotional Learning Bingo Teaching during the COVID pandemic has been uniquely challenging, and with the new variant, January may be an especially difficult period due to staff absences or temporary return to remote learning. We wanted to share this resource from last year to support teachers in having a joyful and restorative holiday break and highlighting the

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SEL Tip: Amygdala and Pre-Frontal Cortex

Research has shown that by learning about the different parts of the brain and their functions, children are better able to make intentional decisions when responding to challenging situations. We’ve created a chant and visuals to introduce the amygdala and pre-frontal cortex and help children distinguish between their unconscious reactions and problem-solving behaviors. Amygdala, amygdala,

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SEL Read Aloud: Thanks for the Feedback… I Think? by Julia Cook

A social story about a boy who learns the value of compliments and constructive criticism as well as ways to respond and incorporate feedback Thanks for the Feedback… I Think?  by Julia Cook

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Our Favorite Tweets: November 2021

Reasons for Design Thinking Gr8 Qs #1 is strengthening one’s empathetic posture (my reason for teaching DT) Skills so many to list: unpacking, synthesizing, defining, reflection Ways to gain Empathy: Observe, Engage, Immerse#DEEPdt #dtk12chat #designthinking pic.twitter.com/ytpnu5Betz — Mary Cantwell (@scitechyEDU) December 2, 2019 Follow our Nurturing Resilience list on Twitter.

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SEL Tip: ICAN

Teach students this acronym and ask them to use it during the moments when they aren’t able to check-in with you immediately upon encountering an obstacle. When you hit an obstacle, don’t give up or sigh! Just remember i-Can! It will get you by! Inhale, Calm Down, Adapt, Now Try

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SEL Read Aloud: Whoosh! by Chris Barton

A biography of a boy whose creativity, persistence, and problem-solving skills led him to create the Super Soaker Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton

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Our Favorite Tweets: October 2021

Making Learning Fun On the importance of making learning fun: Students who enjoy school at age 6 earn higher standardized test scores at 16—even after controlling for intelligence. Teachers set the tone for intrinsic motivation. Students who like their teachers are 9x more likely to enjoy school. pic.twitter.com/lApyzNWuuV — Adam Grant (@AdamMGrant) July 15, 2021 Follow

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SEL Tip: The Three Questions: What? Why? How?

When a student comes across an obstacle, resist the temptation fix the issue for them. Instead, ask open-ended questions to help them find a solution. One questioning technique is to ask What-Why-How to guide the student towards a problem-solving strategy. What‘s the problem you are facing? Why do you think that’s happening? How might you fix that?

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SEL Read Aloud: Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats

Summary Peter is a little boy who wants to whistle. One day, he sees an older boy playing with his dog and whistling, so he tries to whistle but can’t. He spins around and makes himself dizzy. Later, Peter sees his dog, Willie, and hides in a box. He wants to whistle in order to

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SEL Tip: Responding to “I Can’t Do It!”

  Your child is in the driveway practicing free throws, but very few balls make it into the hoop. As the time ticks by, you start to see the look of defeat on your child’s face.  Eventually, they trudge back to the house and say, “I can’t do it.”   What can you do? Help

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SEL Tip: i-Can! Activity Ideas

  In the park? In your living room? A house full of friends? On your own?   No matter where you are, who you’re with, or what time it is, i-Can! activities are a great way to flex your i-Can! mindset AND have fun!   i-Can! activities use a modified version of the Stanford University

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SEL Tip: Responding to “I’m Bored”

  It’s 6:00 p.m. and your family is juggling homework, dinner, and evening extra curriculars, when you hear it, the voice of your children speaking the dreaded sentence, “I’m bored.” Your eyes widen slightly in disbelief and you wonder, “How could anyone be bored amidst this avalanche of activity?” But this time, instead of letting

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SEL Tip: Play, Connect, Believe

  In a world full of parenting advice, we try to keep things simple. We tell parents to keep just three things in mind as you try to foster an i-Can! environment at home: Play Connect Believe   Play: It’s fun AND It Builds Your Brain Dr. Stuart Brown calls play, “The brain’s best form

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