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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.”
When my sister and I decided our next album of classroom songs should cover Growth Mindset, we knew we'd found a timely, important subject and we hoped our music would help kids learn new skills. Little did we know that the process of creating the album would teach us as well!