About Teresa

Teresa Cooper is a 30-something wife, mom and teacher from Havelock, North Carolina. She has a Masters of Science in Education for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University and a BA in Psychology with a minor in Creative from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Having struggled with anxiety and depression most of her life and later having birthed a child with autism, she is passionate about spreading awareness and acceptance of mental illness and autism and has been writing for Embracing the Spectrum since 2011. She also writes for The Mighty, The Huffington Post, and The Educator’s Room.

Relationships Matter: How Building Trust Boosts Classroom Performance

No significant learning can occur without a significant relationship. -- James Comer Take a moment to think about this James Comer quote. No significant learning can occur without a significant relationship. In other words, learning is about relationships. But if that's the case, we'd better get to work on that, right? Or does that relationship begin to build from day [...]

10 Ways To Help Students Develop a Growth Mindset

Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck has done numerous studies on how mindset affects achievement in children. The results showed that those with a fixed mindset perform more poorly than those with a growth mindset. However, not all students know how to change their mindset or even that intelligence is not a fixed thing that they [...]

By | 2017-02-28T22:20:27+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|Instruction&Curriculum, Management|0 Comments

Using Literature to Teach Math: Five Great Books to Use in Middle School

I'm always trying to come up with different ways to teach math that will grab the interest of my students. If you've ever taught math or been taught math, you know there are some students that just don't like math, but love reading. So, what if you incorporate literature in math instruction? I've got five [...]

By | 2017-02-14T14:42:35+00:00 February 16th, 2017|Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Mathematics, Middle School|0 Comments

How to Teach Parents to Help their Children Develop a Growth Mindset

Research has shown that when students have a fixed mindset they are less likely to find success than those with a growth mindset. As teachers, we can do many things to encourage a growth mindset. However, parents play a huge role in the lives of students, so coaching them using growth mindset language is essential [...]

By | 2017-01-29T22:38:39+00:00 January 31st, 2017|Instruction&Curriculum, Parents|0 Comments