10 Ways to Avoid Benefit Mindset Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue can occur when our expressions of empathy and our acts of altruism begin to have a negative effect on our lives. A crucial component of living the benefit mindset is that in order to support the wellbeing of others, we must be sure to attend to our own health and happiness as well. This … Continue reading 10 Ways to Avoid Benefit Mindset Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

A Benefit Mindset Helps Students Overcome Trauma (Education Week featured article)

Every student benefits from curriculum and assignments that take them outside of themselves and their own personal (and perhaps painful) worlds. How can anyone say they’re only interested in a narrow range of subjects or activities if they haven’t been consistently exposed to people, places, topics, and situations that may be initially foreign, yet on … Continue reading A Benefit Mindset Helps Students Overcome Trauma (Education Week featured article)

Inspiring Teachers Show Interview: Teaching the Benefit Mindset

I recently had the honor of being interviewed by Tavis Beem and Danny Hauger for their excellent show, Inspiring Teachers. The subject was my latest book, Teaching the Benefit Mindset: Moving Empathy, Inclusion, and Altruism to the Forefront of Education. "Robert Ward is an ELA pro with blogging and growth to the ceiling of the … Continue reading Inspiring Teachers Show Interview: Teaching the Benefit Mindset

The Benefit Mindset and the Power of “Get”

Most people know about the growth mindset and using the word "yet" as a way of maintaining self-confidence and hope, especially when one's growth process and path to success are long and riddled with setbacks. There's a world of difference and a wealth of optimism by changing your mindset with the word "yet": "I can't … Continue reading The Benefit Mindset and the Power of “Get”

Teaching Consideration, Not Just Kindness: A Benefit Mindset Lesson

Kindness is often encouraged as a random act, but this is only a start. I’ve already written about how kindness can be intentional and everyday, not merely arbitrary. Now I want to take this element of purposefulness a step further and suggest we model and teach the value of being a consistently considerate person. I … Continue reading Teaching Consideration, Not Just Kindness: A Benefit Mindset Lesson

Teen Jobs, Being of Service, and the Benefit Mindset (Guest article by Ron Stefanski)

It is part of our natural development to seek out work, even at a young age. Toddlers mimic their parents' household chores before they're old enough to be helpful. In primary grades, students want jobs in the classroom. By high school, adolescents seek value through traditional jobs or other service opportunities. But can a teenager … Continue reading Teen Jobs, Being of Service, and the Benefit Mindset (Guest article by Ron Stefanski)

Benefit Mindset 101: A Simple Explanation for a Simply Beautiful Concept

The benefit mindset is thinking caring thoughts about all people and the whole planet. But living the benefit mindset doesn’t remain only in our minds. We can actually do things that help others and protect nature. These acts of kindness create a better world for everyone. The benefit mindset asks each person to share what … Continue reading Benefit Mindset 101: A Simple Explanation for a Simply Beautiful Concept

Ten Intentional, Everyday Acts of the Benefit Mindset (No More “Random” Acts of Anything!)

I'm often asked about specific suggestions for students to practice the benefit mindset. While my new book, Teaching the Benefit Mindset, is full of practical strategies to infuse empathy, inclusion, and altruism into any content curriculum and at every grade level, I have also complied a handy list of ten ways to teach, model, and praise … Continue reading Ten Intentional, Everyday Acts of the Benefit Mindset (No More “Random” Acts of Anything!)

Teaching the Benefit Mindset: Class Dismissed Podcast interview

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Nick Ortego for the Class Dismissed Podcast. The subject was my my latest book, Teaching the Benefit Mindset: Moving Empathy, Inclusion, and Altruism to the Forefront of Education. Listen to the interview here. (You can fast forward to 18:00 for my twenty-minute interview.) Redefining Success What does success look … Continue reading Teaching the Benefit Mindset: Class Dismissed Podcast interview

Learning Mindsets and the Whole Child: The Fixed, Growth, and Benefit Mindset

Do we really need another learning mindset? Carol Dweck's fixed and growth mindset theories have revolutionized the way we teach students to approach their learning. Yet we must not forget that education used to be solely focused on measurable outcomes and the "what" of learning. Unfortunately, in some schools and classrooms, this rigid definition of … Continue reading Learning Mindsets and the Whole Child: The Fixed, Growth, and Benefit Mindset