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Ever wonder how having a growth mindset impacts participation in STEM fields such as game design and coding? Zulama game designers met with growth mindset experts in a google hangout to find out.
Watch Video of Growth Mindset Middle School-ers in Action!
Music Director, Julie Ahlborn is putting growth mindset into action!
At Reagan Academy middle school in Springville, UT, her students enter her orchestra class with only a cursory knowledge of sight reading music. She wanted them to see how much they grow in one year so that they will be motivated to continue their music studies, becoming lifelong musicians.
Julie says, "To play a musical instrument takes a lot of practice for muscle and mind memory to grow and develop. Many people find practicing a challenging task." Julie blends growth mindset research with her teaching practices fluidly to cultivate a growth mindset in orchestra and motivate students to practice. And she creates videos (below) to document the students' growth! How does she do this?
Here are a few things she described to us...
"The key variables in getting better at something are effort and time." –Ben Marcowitz, CEO, Sci Academy of New Orleans
Sci Academy is a high school in New Orleans, LA, that exemplifies a growth mindset school culture. At Sci Academy, everyone is learning every day and student growth is valued and celebrated en masse. Teach For All made a series of videos highlighting their work, and this video specifically about promoting a growth mindset – applying effective effort will grow my intelligence - in students and educators alike. One student says, "That's the thing about Sci Academy, it's not easy. It's up to you to take that extra step..."
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