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We are thrilled to announce that Mindset Works, in partnership with U.C. Davis, was recently awarded a $3.5 million dollar national grant through the Department of Education to test the impact of Brainology® on student motivation and achievement. We are currently recruiting Middle School partners who may be interested in participating in the 2017-18 or 2018-19 school years. Eligible schools will receive programs, resources & teacher training for free!
Most parents, teachers, and schools encourage students to perform as best as they can, but it turns out that a focus on performance can hinder learning, improvement, and, ironically, performance.
Take Cirque du Soleil, a team that knows how to perform well. On stage they exhibit beautiful acrobatic feats, often performed flawlessly. They are a model of excellence. However, what we see is the brief slice of their day in which they focus on the skills they have already mastered and try to minimize mistakes – their Performance Zone. We need to realize that they can perform at such high levels only because behind curtains they spend a lot of time in their Learning Zone, where they engage in activities designed for improvement, fully concentrated on what they haven't mastered yet, and expecting to make mistakes from which they can learn. When first hired, Cirque du Soleil artists do not immediately perform on stage, despite being elite athletes. Instead, they are stationed at the organization's headquarters in Montréal for weeks or months to work in their Learning Zone, guided by two coaches, one artistic and one acrobatic. Once they join a show, artists arrive on site every day at noon to work in their Learning Zone before the performance starts in the evening. Both the shows and the artists are perpetual works-in-progress, but they could not continue to evolve if they were constantly performing.
Zulama provides middle and high school computer science curriculum that develops programming skills through fun game design projects. Effective modern learning techniques, like metacognitive development, student-centered classrooms, and growth mindset, are at the core of the Pittsburgh-based company. Last month, Nikki Navta, Founder and CEO of Zulama, spoke with Mindset Works' own Janna Peskett and Anthony Colannino about strategies for encouraging growth mindset in the classroom. Janna serves as Director of Digital Content and Curriculum Design at Mindset Works and Anthony is Leadership and Professional Learning Specialist at Mindset Works.
It’s not what happens to you, it’s what you do with what happens to you. Chris Waddell, Nametags Resilience Program www.one-revolution.com
Every day, we face challenges in our lives--some big, some small, some good, and some bad. Our resilience is how we respond to those challenges, and that response is determined by the way we think about it--the mindset that we bring. Just like Carol Dweck has outlined the importance of building a growth mindset when thinking about our personal characteristics, we have the opportunity to build a resilient mindset when responding to challenge.
What does growth mindset mean for coaches in sport? Fundamentally it is about looking at coaching philosophy, coaching methods, and the systems and processes operating within sporting organisations, to ensure that all three are tuned in to the growth mindset message. In our book, The Growth Mindset Coaching Kit, we help coaches understand how to do this.