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With a bright and shiny new year ahead, many teachers and students are ready to try something different. But with so many ideas out there, it can be tough to pick one area of focus. If you’re reading this post, you understand and believe in the power of the growth mindset. However, did you know that the growth mindset belief, that we can develop our intellectual abilities over time, is not enough? Something equally as important as believing you can improve is knowing how to do so.
It was late fall of 2017 when my superintendent came to me and asked, “What are we going to do about the state of our kindergarten classrooms?” It was not news that the climate of our classrooms had becoming increasingly challenging and teachers were exhausting themselves trying to meet the diverse needs of our students, but how we responded to this challenge mattered. It mattered for the welfare of our students, but it also mattered for the welfare of our teachers. So, this is where the journey began.
We are excited to announce that Mindset Works® will be hosting a GEM® Community Chat 2-Part Series on Monday, October 21 and 28 at 4-5PM PST / 7-8PM EST. Dr. Kendra Coates, author of Growing Early MindsetsⓇ (GEM), will be leading these sessions live!
Have you ever been so passionate about an idea that you just couldn’t let it go? After collaborating with Mindset Works for over ten years and seeing the transformative results in her classroom, Jenn Maichin couldn’t and wouldn’t let growth mindset go. Understanding that her school district was always looking for new growth opportunities, Jenn shouted from the rooftops about the benefits of growth mindset. In 2017, the district agreed, and made the intentional decision to embed growth mindset practices throughout every classroom in Mineola.
Recently Education Week Research Center published a National Study of K-12 teachers examining teachers’ perspectives on Growth Mindset. One in five teachers strongly agreed they are “good at fostering a growth mindset.” Conversely, only 5% of those educators surveyed strongly agreed that they have “adequate solutions and strategies to use when students do not have this approach.”