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Schools with a Growth Mindset: Got SWAG?

Schools with a Growth Mindset: Got SWAG?

At St George's Technical High School in Middletown, Delaware, you will notice an intriguing awards wall in the main hallway leading to the cafeteria. At first glance, it might look like any typical awards wall, but this one is unique. Honored here are students who exhibit habits that show they have a growth mindset!

In a growth mindset, a learner believes that he or she can grow abilities and intelligence when exhibiting effort. Often those who exhibit a growth mindset take on challenges, learn from feedback and their mistakes, and use a lot of effective strategies to improve and learn. At St. Georges, Principal Shanta Reynolds said, "We wanted to celebrate kids for having a growth mindset - not just for academics."

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Great idea! I love the plan to honor student who are exhibiting a growth mindset.
Monday, 28 September 2015 14:47
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Teacher Spotlight! Rebecca Davenport's Assessment Tip

Teacher Spotlight! Rebecca Davenport's Assessment Tip

Thank you educators for sending in your growth mindset strategies!

Grading and Assessment for a growth mindset was a common theme in your responses to our last newsletter. Many teachers wrote in about how they have innovated to create growth mindset assessment practices! We are pleased to share Rebecca Davenport's tip from Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, TN:

"My middle school girls and I coined the phrase "I'm a girl, not a grade!" to remind them of all the wonderful parts of their lives that cannot be measured by a letter grade. In school, it is easy for students to attach too much worth to the outcomes and final grades; this underestimates the importance of the learning process. When students reflect on the most important parts of their lives, they begin to understand that they are not C+ or A- people, but bright and capable young women.

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I am _________not a grade works well because begin to realize that outside evaluations do truly measure who they really are as a p... Read More
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Watch Growth Minded Middle School-ers in Action!

Watch Growth Minded 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.

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Great article. I so agree with the idea of starting with the end in mind. It is so important for students to learn how to set goal... Read More
Thursday, 19 March 2015 17:37
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Sandra - Where is the article you are referring to about smart goal setting for teens?
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Mindset Works Podcast: Interview with author, Yvonne vd Ven

Mindset Works Podcast: Interview with author, Yvonne vd Ven

Pasfoto YvonnevdVenInterview with Yvonne van de Ven, Netherlands, Author of Stone of Clear Thinking

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This is a Mindset Works podcast. I am Emily Diehl. Today we will be talking with Yvonne van de Ven, an author in the Netherlands who is applying Dr. Dweck's work on growth mindsets in her country. Her approach for cultivating growth mindsets in children is through storytelling. Her story, Stone of Clear Thinking takes us on a journey of a boy growing up in a fantasy world, where children are labeled and classified as Moon children or as Sun children. This boy, named Talalom, doesn't accept the situation but can't change it. So he decides to run away. The story has a growth minded theme all throughout.

Hello Yvonne, thank you for joining us today! So, we'd like to know, why did you decide to do this work with growth mindsets in the Netherlands?

Yvonne: Well I have 3 children and the eldest was clearly very afraid of making mistakes. We, my husband and I, saw that way before she started learning to talk. So when she was two years old, I already found out that I could help her to overcome this by giving feedback only on the process instead of on the result. Questions like 'Do you like this drawing?' I always answered like 'I can see that you really worked hard on it.' But it didn't really help and her lack of self-confidence struck me. For example, as soon as something seemed to be difficult, she literally pushed her younger brother forward to solve the problem, whatever that 'problem' was.

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Thank you for this interview. I found it very interesting and decided to share it with my adult English language learners on my we... Read More
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 02:12
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Hi Yvonne, What a remarkable story of your daughter! As a remedial teacher in the Netherlands I see it too often; children who are... Read More
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Thanks for this interview. I am an English learner. I was reading some tips at http://www.howilearnenglish.com/how-to-improve-engl... Read More
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 18:03
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Mindset Works Interview: Dr. Marilee Adams

Mindset Works Interview: Dr. Marilee Adams

MARILEEADAMSPHDAn Interview with Dr. Marilee Adams, professor at American University and best-selling author of a new book, Teaching That Changes Lives

In this Mindset Works® Interview, Emily Diehl interviews Dr. Adams about her work with the Inquiring, Learner, and Judger Mindsets.

EMILY DIEHL: Welcome to the Mindset Works Newsletter Podcast.  I am Emily Diehl.  Today we will be talking with Dr. Marilee Adams. Dr. Adams is the author of three books that focus on questions and mindsets. The first was a cognitive-behavioral psychology textbook entitled The Art of the Question. Next she wrote Change Your Questions, Change Your Life, which is an international bestseller. Her latest book, Teaching That Changes Lives, came out just last week. Dr. Adams is the president of the Inquiry Institute.  She is also an advisor to Learning Forward New Jersey and an adjunct professor of leadership, American University. Dr. Adams, thank you for joining us!

MARILEE ADAMS: I am so pleased to be here, Emily, and I'm honored too, because I consider Dr. Dweck's work on mindsets a major advance in psychology in general.  She has alerted the world to the importance of the growth mindset and I love that she has taken her academic work way beyond academia into making a practical difference. It's so important.

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I've used the "Choice Map" for many years in counseling, consulting and training. It's user-friendly and effective. I think this ... Read More
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This is my first foray into the growth mindset field and stumbled upon this podcast and can't wait to look up Dr. Adams books to l... Read More
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