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The Secrets Behind Success

This past quarter at Method, we created a tile called “Brainology” which focused on how we can train our brains to:
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A Healthy Breakfast and Student Academics

Most of us know that as someone who has been in education for many years, I have observed that many students skip breakfast and the result is they perform under where they should be. Pediatricians will often explain the importance of nutrition and breakfast during the annual physical. There are FDA posters in most schools with the food pyramid or MyPlate to promote healthier eating. Teachers will remind their students to eat a good breakfast before a test, and the coaches will do the same to make sure their athletes perform at their peak. For these reasons, many schools have added breakfast programs to boost student test scores and academic performance. So, why are so many students still not eating breakfast? In the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, we may notice our children are not motivated or lack energy. They have more on their plate with activities than previous generations. If your family is in that place, perhaps take a look at your breakfast routine. Many studies over several years found the importance of eating right and having a balanced breakfast to start the day; this is a simple problem that has a simple solution. So much clutter will get in the way of breakfast, such as waking up late and rushing off to school. We must reorganize our morning, so our children eat better; so they are more productive throughout the day and especially in school. Significant research tells us that skipping breakfast will impair our child to learn and grow. The Food Research & Action Center compiled a list of over seventy studies that showed a significant link between breakfast and school performance. When students skip breakfast, they will experience hunger. They will not get the vital nutrition their body and mind need to function effectively. Also, they found that when students are not eating in the morning their ability to do good work in school is significantly impaired.
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Failing Doesn't Make You a Failure

Does Failing Make You a Failure? The idea of a growth mindset is something we discuss frequently at Method.  We discuss it with our students when we review their test scores and course progress and we discuss it among ourselves as employees when we meet and plan how to best serve our families.  But if overused “growth mindset” just turns into a buzzword. So I have been challenging myself to better understand the growth mindset with the hopes of fully developing it within myself, my students, my colleagues, and my family.  To begin, I am trying to really understand the growth mindset by finding examples of it all around me and alternatively, non-examples.
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