Author Archives: Jack McDermott

Are We Thinking About Growth Mindset Too Narrowly?

An analysis of a nationwide measure of 23,000 students’ perceptions of growth mindset shows meaningful differences in what students believe they can change and a gender gap.

Last school year, David Andrews, a social studies teacher at Piedmont Hills High School (Calif.), noticed something in his students that puzzled him.

As a teacher of six years, Andrews had read the research by Stanford Professor Carol Dweck and others that showed the impact of having a growth mindset on students’ learning and academic achievement. Andrews promoted this belief that people can work deliberately to change their most basic abilities — namely their intelligence.

“Students are so varied when it comes to their mindsets,” Andrews said. “I’m still working to crack the enigma of how to support all my students’ beliefs about themselves.” He would overhear students saying they were good at social studies, but would never be good at math. Other students would say they could always work harder to do better in class, while some felt they just weren’t that talented.

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Introducing Benchmarks for Panorama Surveys

Over the last two years, more than 450,000 students, family members, and teachers have used Panorama surveys to provide feedback on their experiences in classrooms and schools. Today, we’re excited to announce Benchmarks, a new analytics tool available in our reports.

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4 Ways to Use Panorama

Over the past three years, more than 6,500 schools have used Panorama for surveys and data analysis. We’ve gathered a number of best practices from our partner districts, networks, and schools about how they are collecting and analyzing feedback data from their stakeholders.

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An In-Depth Look at Student Perception Surveys

A student perception survey represents a powerful source of feedback for educators and administrators. As student surveys play a greater role in classrooms, schools, and districts, it’s integral to understand the ways that survey instruments can (but don’t always) reflect nuanced differences in student perceptions.

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A Data-Driven Approach to Survey Response Rates

When running a survey, one number that receives frequent attention is the “response rate.” A relatively simple metric, a response rate represents the number of responses a survey has received divided by the total number of those who received the survey. For instance, if 1,500 respondents have taken the survey out of 10,000, then your response rate is 15%.

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How Virtual Reality May Facilitate Empathy Between Students

Educators hope to instill many positive characteristics in students: diligence, courteousness, perseverance, and grit, to name a few. But one of the most powerful, yet least understood, of these characteristics is the disposition to see the world from another’s point of view. To teach this habit of mind, educators often ask students to consider “walking a mile in another student’s shoes.”

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