Posts by Jamie Back

Personalized Learning

Making the Most of Student Reflections

By: Jamie Back. Jamie shares how she uses several online tools to gather and respond to student reflections about such things as their mindset, study strategies, and understanding of topics.

Difference Making

Cultivating An Innovation Mindset in the Classroom

According to GenDIY, people who have innovation mindsets possess qualities such as “perseverance, initiative, collaboration, tenacity, and curiosity.” How can classroom teachers give students opportunities to develop an innovation mindset and build these important skills? Jamie Back offers a few ideas.


A Look at MakerBot Education

3D printing is being used to support STEM integration, design thinking and more all over the country. Jamie Back explores MakerBot Education's resources.

Project-Based Learning

Designing Projects so Students Have High Quality Project Based Learning Experiences

PBL and CBL are related at the very core, because they both involve active student-centered learning. Whatever the project format, the six criteria outlined in the recently-released Framework for High Quality Project Based Learning (HQPBL) -- Authenticity, Intellectual Challenge and Accomplishment, Public Product, Collaboration, Project Management, and Reflection -- can help teachers create and implement successful student-centered learning projects.

SEL & Mindset

Mindset, and the Power of “Yet”

For me, the “Power of Yet” poster has been a powerful strategy. Such a simple reminder to persevere can be the difference between a student who gives up and one who routinely concludes that understanding will come with more effort, questions, or use of additional strategies.