“Zoom Fatigue” - Why It Happens, and a Couple Things You Can Do About It

“Zoom Fatigue” - Why It Happens, and a Couple Things You Can Do About It

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes When schools, classes, private lessons, and meetings for work all went online just about a year ago, whether it was Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, or some other platform, I think "Zoom anxiety" was perhaps our first reaction to the changes we had to adjust to. Because laggy connections, getting our camera and audio to work, trying to figure out how to use a second camera for lessons, fiddling around with advanced settings to make music sound a little…


How NOT to Support a Student Who Is Struggling

How Not to Support a Student Who Is Struggling (and What To Do Instead)

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes Last week, we looked at a study which found that having a fixed mindset1 as a teacher, can have a pretty negative impact on students’ learning. Where not only do they enjoy class less, but their grades suffer as well (you can read that here). And why is that? Well, it seems that we tend to communicate our mindset beliefs to students in many subtle ways. Which in turn leads students to worry more about being evaluated negatively by the teacher…


Want Your Students to Be More Engaged, Take More Risks, and Get Better Grades? Here’s Why Your Mindset Matters.

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes If you’ve read any articles online in the last few years about learning or resilience, you’ve probably come across some reference to the work of Carol Dweck, and idea of a growth vs. fixed mindset. This is where believing that intelligence is changeable and can be developed (i.e. a growth mindset) is associated with better learning, performance, and perseverance. Whereas believing that intelligence or talent is something innate that we either…


Specific Times When SMART Goals Can Be Counterproductive (and What Strategy to Use Instead)

Specific Times When SMART Goals Can Be Counterproductive (and What Strategy to Use Instead)

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes Fire up your browser, do a search for “goals,” and you’ll probably see something about SMART goals within the first few hits. Because whether it’s school, sports, business, diet/exercise/fitness, or personal finance, SMART goals are everywhere. Heck, my middle schooler was learning about this in gym class the other day. SMART goals, of course, refers to the idea that we’re more likely to achieve a goal, if the goal is specific, measurable,…


Stressed and Having Difficulty Getting Out of a Negative Thought Spiral? Here's How (and Why) Mother Nature May Be Able to Help

Stressed and Having Difficulty Getting Out of a Negative Thought Spiral? Here's How Mother Nature May Be Able to Help

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes Have you ever found yourself stuck in a negative loop of repetitive thoughts? Like when you mess something up in rehearsal, and start reliving the moment in your head on the drive home. Where it’s like your brain tries to figure out how bad it was (or wasn’t). Which leads to an attempt to interpret the ambiguous look the conductor gave you. And the body language and facial expressions of colleagues around you. As well as the brief interaction…