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Recognizing what is in our control helps young (and older!) people cultivate a strong internal locus of control and sense of self-efficacy, which are important building blocks for self-esteem, compassion towards self and others, having a growth mindset, and creating plans to work towards goals, hopes, and dreams. Plus, when we can identify what really is in our control, we can focus our energy on that to create change, as compared to wasting our energy on things that is out of our power.
Do your students ever get board with independent reading or with the questions you ask them? I love trying to find fun and engaging ways to get them talking about books. These dream catcher summary question stems are fun for students to make and they love using them when talking about books with their classmates. They work great for guided reading, book clubs, literature circles.... really any classroom structure that involves reading!