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Ben Talsma

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September 22, 2021 The Very Hungry Lizard: The Hunt for a Growth Mindset

Psychologist Marty Seligman had a lizard, and it wouldn’t eat. He tried everything. He researched its…

September 15, 2021 Kids Learn Better with PBL

On the shores of Lake Michigan, a group of middle-school campers was having so much fun that they almost forget they were learning.…

September 1, 2021 The Moth Hypothesis: Creating Amazing Educators

I have a hypothesis and I’m curious to know what you think. Ready? Here it is: Teachers right now are better than ever. I’ve been…

August 11, 2021 The Top Reasons: Creating Direction in Your Classroom

Why did you become a teacher? If you join the profession after college and stay until you retire, you’ll spend forty…

July 21, 2021 ... and Justice for All

“...with liberty and justice for all.” Many of us have said the words every day for years — but how often…

July 7, 2021 Exercise Your Learning Freedom

This Fourth of July, we celebrated our nation’s independence and our freedoms were on full display. Which fireworks event should we go to?…

June 16, 2021 Pass the Right Test: Measuring Student Development

There’s an old cliché in business that “what gets measured gets managed.” That reality is largely to blame for our overemphasis on standardized…

June 9, 2021 The Empty Classroom and Promoting a Healthy Mindset

I went back to my old classroom yesterday, after all the students had gone home for the summer. Empty classrooms are always thick…