Classroom News

Growth Mindset

We have been talking about fixed mindset and a growth mindset in class. I started this discussion in class because I have heard a few of the students saying, "I can't do this." We learned that a fixed mindset avoids challenges, gives up easily; while a growth mindset embraces challenges, gives their best effort, is inspired by other people's successes and they believe that intelligence can change if they work hard. In our class, failure and/or mistakes is celebrated because we also learned that it is through mistakes and failures that we learn and our brain grows stronger. We've also discussed that our brain acts like a muscle - the more we use it, the stronger (and smarter) our brain becomes stronger. 

Ways to help your child

Talk about it
Talk with your child about his her day, but guide the discussion by asking questions like:
- Did you make a mistake today? What did you learn?
- What did you do that was difficult today?

Encourage Failure (say what?!)
Your child needs to know that failure can (and often does) happen and it is okay! Remind him or her that each time he or she fails and tries again, his or her brain is growing stronger! Don't step in to prevent your child's failure, I know this is hard as parent, but this is how he or she learns to persevere in the face of challenges.

The brain can grow!
Please remind your child that his or her brain intelligence is not fixed. Remind him or her that when things are difficult, his or her brain grows if he or she persists through the challenge. Each time he or she learns something new, his or her brain is making new connections. Your child needs to know this is possible.

Help them change their dialogue
The way your child talks to himself makes a huge impact on his or her mindset. If he says, "This is too hard!" help him or her change that to "I can't do this yet, but I will keep trying." Give hime the words to say when he or she is feeling defeated by modeling it yourself!