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Multiple modes, mindsets and mistakes class

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 Multiple Modes of Learning, Mindsets and Mistakes


 1st assignment due Tuesday, February 14 by p.m.





  Workshop 1    Mindsets = I CAN or I CAN'T



 John Legend, Professional Composer & Vocalist 


 1. LIST ALL ACTIONS John Legend DID to accomplish his goal of getting a recording contract.


 2. WHAT ARE HIS BELIEFS about how talent, effort and failure affect achieving goals?





                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Image on WikimedCommons by Jd546


Growth Mindsets believe


Image by Katie Wright, University of San Diego

I can learn 

Image by Katie Wright, University of San Diego


anything with










the right strategies,


the right resources.











Fixed Mindsets believe,




I'm not good at . . .


learning languages
coding, computer science
playing an instrument
dancing, singing, acting

speaking in groups
taking tests


and can't change that.





3. Do you believe YOU are good at learning some things and not good at learning other things?

   Explain why you believe this. 



4. What resources or tools would help YOU learn something difficult or something YOU THINK YOU are not good at learning?





5. Describe an elementary, middle or high school teacher or coach who communicated a belief that everyone could learn the topic.

   What did the person DO and SAY to create GROWTH mindsets about learning for you or other students?



6. Describe an elementary, middle or high school teacher or coach who communicated a belief that NOT everyone could learn the topic. 

   What did the person DO and SAY to create FIXED mindsets about learning for you or other students?




Workshop 2      Multiple Modes of Learning and Juggling




Make sock balls!  Add weight w/golf balls inside, fold 1 or 2 socks together! Or use rice as weight!



 RECORD your practice TIMES as self-tutoring hours.


If juggling is not physically possible, we'll make other plans. 




  View 2 of 3 videos to CHOOSE ONE as YOUR TUTOR.  


How to Juggle w/Jack Kalvan --Sharon's favorite!


Taylor Tries

0:00- 3:35 1 ball  

 3:40- 5:40 2 balls  

5:49- 9:38 3 balls  

9:40- 12:30 further tutoring & problem solving


Niels Duinker

0:00- 2:15 1 ball   

2:15-4:46 2 balls 

4:50-7:26 3 balls


7. Learning to Juggle


  • How did you schedule juggling practice during this week? Did you practice every day?


  • What were your strategies for your practicing and how did they help you? 


  • What frustrations did you experience? 


  • What successes did you experience? 


  • Was one of the videos more helpful to you as a learner?  Who was the coach and how did they help you?


BRING TO CLASS next Tuesday balls or whatever you're juggling.





Multiple Modes of Learning


moving, dancing, playing sports, acting, building, constructing, fixing things,

seeks activities where movement and coordination influence learning


perceives and responds empathetically and sympathetically
is socially aware, utilizes leadership behaviors, is inclusive of others
participates in groups and facilitates communication

enjoys words and is interested in the origins of words
is curious about acquiring vocabulary and learning other languages
reads, writes, debates, argues, revises and critiques 


connects different ideas to each other to understand concepts, solve puzzles, revises, tries again


learns, plays or works in and enjoys being outdoors
recognizes both differences and similarities in plants, animals, science, weather, cycles in nature
is consciously aware of natural patterns-plant growth, seasons, day+night and changes in these 

self-directs own learning/ sets personal goals and works to achieve them
thinks or perceives intuitively or reflectively, reflects in order change behaviors or responses

Visual Spatial
recognizes natural and architectural shapes and patterns, sizes and scale, distances

utilizes space and concepts of math and physics while watching or playing sports or dancing
designs, draws, paints, crafts, makes comics/ videos/ animations

learns from pictures, photos, maps, drawings, graphs and play with blocks 

actively listens and recognizes different tones, rhythms, cadences and voices

sings, broadcasts, acts and creates music, mashes melodies and beats
creates a rhythmic motion such as weaving, dancing, 




Workshop 3     Don't Prevent Student Mistakes- Prepare for Them


HEAR OR READ external image Polybooks.png



U.S. first graders and Japanese first graders acquire their beliefs about struggle and mistakes from adults and teachers.


8. How is making mistakes while learning math viewed by EASTERN hemisphere teachers and students in Japanese classes and how are mistakes viewed by WESTERN hemisphere teachers and students in United States classes?



9. Contrast how Japanese and U. S. first graders respond to solving unknown math problems. What did each group do?


Hong Kong's Symphony of Lights fireworks/ Kroot.  Mistakes created fireworksClick the link to learn how if you are curious!




10. Choose 1 of these 4 products to investigate how it became what it is.

 First, describe how YOU THINK it was created. Second, click the link to learn how it became what it is.


Party in a can: the story of Silly String










Electronic Ink/the Kindle 


https://theworld.org/stories/2016-05-18/how-kindles-e-ink-system-works Open link if you want to know more. This is not required.

 photo by Brendan McDermid/Reuters



Super Soaker 




Open link if you want to know more. This is not required.


11. Was the product you chose created by mistake or because of the creators' growth mindset or BOTH?

Explain your thoughts.


Big Idea Closer   HOW Do Kids INVENT? 


In 1963, 6-year-old Robert Patch was granted a patent for a toy truck

external image Polybooks.png  Read.



12. What invention and young inventor surprised you the most from all of these?
















Black: Yoyo Master



The Amazing Nano Brothers Juggling Show

00:00 -1:21   1, 2, 3 balls  






 Resource: Expose Talented Kids from Low-Income Families to Inventors and They're More Likely to Invent


Students in school are often asked to solve puzzles, answer questions, figure out connections by themselves. But many students when working alone find they do not immediately see the answers to problems or the connections between academic materials.


They begin to think of themselves as being not good at different learning or they think of themselves as a failure at learning a topic.


They adopt fixed mindsets "I can't do this . . . ."  They become disengaged, discouraged, defeated and ashamed.  


Supportive Tutors/Coaches/Mentors Use Mistakes As Teaching Tools


  • Tutors have an essential role helping students solve the puzzles they encounter in all academic subjects to make growth mindsets.


  • By solving puzzles students see themselves successfully achieving academically; achieving strengthen their beliefs that they can and increases their motivation to continue to do so.


  • Tutors must use multiple strategies to help students/no one strategy fits every learner


  • Coaching is necessary to inspire and empower learners.


  • You can adopt multiple personalities to support student learners:


HUMOR is a significant learning/teaching tool. 


Tutors/Coaches/Mentors Use Mistakes as Teaching Tools.  Mistakes show learning and give direction for next steps.









Power of Wonder chart from Research for Better Teaching








Puzzle Sheets are low-stakes events; but puzzles like the following 4th grade math problems are much higher-stakes events for many students


  • Visit Sample Fraction Problems from Usable Math and ask students how they would help a student solve this puzzle


  • Show the coaches and their different approaches


  • The coaches are tutors!











Eric Idle of Monty Python's Comedy Group sings a musical walk back in time, Galaxy Song

Galaxy Song lyrics


Circle GRAPH History of the Earth in a 24-hour Clock from the website, Flowing Data.



  Evolution of Life on Earth


Who do you know, a friend or family member, who would find one or the other interesting.

Which of them intrigues you and helps you learn this concept and history?






Russell Elbert - https://www.flickr.com/photos/russellelbert/2897705069/sizes/l/

Post-It Note Mosaic


Post-It notes    for art as well as life


Image on Wikimedia Commons by Jd5466






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