August 22nd, 2014. Mary Ryerse. As families head "back to school" we should also equip students with three major mindsets. Read more today!
Living out this approach personally on a daily basis is challenging – at least for me. Fostering these dispositions in our own children is even more challenging. During this back-to-school season, I’m working on reinforcing these mindsets - as a parent – within an education context (and while this particular piece focuses on the parent perspective, these ideas can also be used in the classroom). When it comes down to it, it’s really training kids how to think about learning and themselves. What follows are are some ideas that apply them within the context of school:
Effort. Full effort is at the heart of Carol Dweck’s work on growth mindset, encouraging people to “believe that abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work.” You can help:
Say things like, “Give it your best” or “this may take a few tries.”Ask “What was something you did today where you felt proud of how hard you tried?”Use digital tools to maximize productivity and build ownership in learning.
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