The Most Magnificent Thing

Have you discovered Ashley Spires book, The Most Magnificent Thing?  What a wonderful story of how the character and her best friend try and create something magnificent.  She shares her planning process, the problems she faces, her frustrations and then her success.

Watch the video of The Most Magnificent Thing.

This book would be a perfect tie-in for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).


Another option to using this book:
This leads me to the new buzz words in education- Growth Mindset.
 In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work-brains and talent are just the starting point.  This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.  

Carol Dweck, psychologist, branded the name growth mindset.  Developing a growth mindset, allows the students to understand their intelligence is not static.  It can be developed.  Challenges are embraced.  Students faces setbacks in a persistent manner.  Effort is the path to mastery.  Criticism is taken as a learning curve.  Students find lessons and inspiration in the success of others.  They don't feel threatened by the success of others.

Let's have a mindset shift.

Embrace struggle.

As educators (administrators and teachers) we need to change the culture in our school.  When students have a growth mindset, they are able to face challenges with a positive attitude, believe in themselves, feel that they can improve with effort and enjoy the act of learning.


Let's share our favorite STEM and Growth Mindset resources with each other.   Share a link to your blog, products or pinterest board with STEM and Growth Mindset items. 






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