Wendy Turner

About Wendy Turner

Wendy Turner is the 2017 Delaware Teacher of the Year. She is a third grade teacher at Mount Pleasant Elementary School in Wilmington, DE. One of her standout teaching practices is to design projects that not only challenge her students academically but also develop MESH through team collaboration and community engagement.

Fostering Student Growth Mindset

By |2018-03-28T12:17:41+00:00March 28, 2018|

I first heard of growth mindset about three years ago when I had to do a mandatory professional development module at the end of the school year for my district. At a time when I am usually run-down and exhausted, this learning exhilarated me: I realized growth mindset could be a game-changer in the classroom. Carol Dweck says, “In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching, and persistence. They don't necessarily think everyone's the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.”

Hair Braids and Growth Mindset

By |2018-02-12T09:44:45+00:00February 12, 2018|

I think about growth mindset all the time, almost daily. The first time it reveals itself to me is in the morning when my twelve-year-old daughter asks me to braid her hair before school. You see, I’m not good at it. Usually I am rushing through the process because of the stress of weekday mornings and the fact that I know I’m not very good at it.

Rubber Bracelets, Birthdays, and Wonder

By |2017-10-16T01:02:37+00:00October 13, 2017|

What does social emotional learning look like in the elementary school classroom? How do students develop the mindsets, essential skills and habits necessary for success in school, and in life? Social emotional learning is everywhere. It is all the time. It is invisible, yet you can see it everywhere you turn. And it is essential. Social emotional learning unfolded during the first 20 days of the school year for me and my 3rd graders in Wilmington, Delaware in many ways.

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