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The Growth Mindset Newsletter - Issue #3, July 2011

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From Theory to Practice Issue #3, July 2011


The Growth Mindset Newsletter

Hi there!

Here at Mindset Works, we value learning and growing and we are committed to doing so.

In our last newsletter, Lorraine Davies mentioned that through getting to know her students’ backgrounds and challenges, she was better able to support them in cultivating and practicing a growth mindset.

With this spirit in mind, we’d love to learn more about your challenges and how we can make this newsletter a better tool to support you in instilling a growth mindset. After you’ve read the articles, please either comment at the bottom of the articles or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any suggestions and ideas for improvements.

We hope you are having a wonderful summer!

The Mindset Works Team
 

IN THIS ISSUE:

Mindset in Action: Jennifer Maichin on how the growth mindset helps classroom management

Carol Dweck receives award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution

GO High School!

Do you have a Northern Star? Eduardo Briceño on pursuing a life purpose

Contest: Results & Next Contest


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Mindset in Action

The end of classroom management issues

Jennifer Maichin

Jennifer Maichin, from Mineola Middle School, NY, shares her experience, tips and classroom activities to introduce students to the growth mindset

I always wanted to teach. I dreamed of inspiring and empowering every student who entered my classroom. I imagined all students walking into school highly motivated and eager to learn. Reality of course was different. Mindset not only helped me manage my class effectively, but also reminded me why I wanted to become a teacher in the first place.

For the past 16 years, I have had the privilege of spending my school days teaching 11 through 14 year olds with learning challenges. These students are interesting and unique and, yes, they are challenging to teach. People sometimes ask me: “How do you do it? Do you feel successful? Do you feel like you actually get through to them? What motivates them? What is the best way to engage them and get them to want to learn? Why bother? They don't listen anyway...”

How, then, do I get through to them?

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Growth Mindset News and Tips

Carol Dweck Receives Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award

Carol Dweck The American Psychological Association is honoring Carol Dweck with the 2011 APA Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award. "For her insightful research and incisive theorizing concerning perceptions and interpretations of success and failure across many domains of human endeavor, but especially in the realm of academic achievement." The citation goes on to praise her innovative and elegant experimental paradigms, her wide theoretical net, and her clever and effective strategies for promoting students' motivation.
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Go High School! New implementation guide is now live!
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Following your collective feedback, we've launched the new implementation guide for high school to support you in introducing Brainology and Mindset lessons to your students. Thanks to all the educators who have collaborated with us, shared their insights and helped create this valuable resource!

Get access to the Go High School Guide!





Eduardo Briceño
Do you have a Northern Star or are you a Drunken Sailor?

Eduardo Briceño, CEO and Co-Founder at Mindset Works, on pursuing a life purpose

As we navigate through life, we can either travel purposely in our desired direction or we can surrender to the winds like a drunken sailor.

If we simply go with the flow and let the currents take us where they may, we may not like the place where we end up. We may arrive decades from now at a place full of regrets. And if there are important challenges in the way that we, as a society, we lead our lives, prepare future generations, and take care of ourselves and loved ones, then going with the flow may not lead us to a place that we like.

Are you letting the wind and currents take you where they may, or do you have a Northern Star?


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The Growth Minded Educator Contest

The Growth Minded Educator Contest is our way of capturing and sharing collective learning and recognizing the efforts that educators have put into instilling and cultivating a Growth Mindset environment. This month’s question would also help you reflect on your targeted practices for next year.


June 2011 contest results:

The Growth Minded Educator of June 2011 is... Marilyn Gammon! Congratulations Marilyn! In her winning entry, Marilyn answered the contest question, "What techniques do you use so that your students or kids don’t lose ground over the summer?":

In preparing my Grade 4 students for summer, I took several steps:

1. I took my class to the public library in June. They met with the librarian who explained the summer programs and other opportunities to them. We sent home information about applying for library cards. As a result of this visit 3 kids obtained new library cards.

2. We developed summer plans (charts with pics) in the following areas:

Head - things that they planned to learn about
Hands - things that they planned to create
Feet - movement activities
Heart - ways to build empathy and understanding

Marilyn teaches at David Hoy Elementary School in Fort St. James, BC, Canada.

Mindset Works comment: We encourage parents and summer youth programs to incorporate Mrs. Gammon’s ideas during the summer! If you do so, please share how it goes.




Enter the next Growth Minded Educator Contest

All entrants have a chance to win an autographed copy of Carol Dweck's book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success!

Award

Contest Question: What techniques are you planning to use to increase student motivation during the next school year?. Please share at least one classroom activity that you are planning to use. (Suggested length: 150 words or less)

Email your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by August 31st, 2011. We’ll review each answer and announce the winning Growth Minded Educator in the following newsletter.

If you have any questions regarding the contest, please post a comment or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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The Growth Mindset Newsletter - Issue #2, June 2011

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From Theory to Practice - Issue #2, June 2011


The Growth Mindset Newsletter

The summer is finally here! It’s a wonderful time to relax, enjoy deserved time off and more importantly, celebrate our accomplishments of the past year.

Having a growth mindset means putting effort into changing and improving, but as Carol Dweck reminds us, it’s also important to recognize growth and celebrate progress. Don’t take growth for granted!

It's a good time to reflect on the areas in which you grew personally and professionally and to think about what you would like to learn and where you would like to grow next.

Till next time, we wish you a very happy summer.

The Mindset Works Team


IN THIS ISSUE:

News: Lisa Blackwell on New Tools to Cultivate a Growth Mindset School Community

Mindset in Action: Lorraine Davies' experience and tips

Contest Results: Announcing the Growth Minded Educator

Next Contest


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Growth Mindset News and Tips

Not Just for Kids! Mindset Works Creating New Tools to Cultivate a Growth Mindset School Community

What would it be like if your school were a true “Growth Mindset Community”?

Administrators would support teachers’ learning, rather than just trying to weed out the “bad apples.” They would be responsive to honest feedback, rather than defensive. They would seek to build their skills, and be willing to learn from their teachers.

Teachers would collaborate with their colleagues and instructional leaders, rather than shutting their classroom doors and flying solo. They would strive to strengthen their own practice, rather than blaming others. They would truly believe that all their students can learn and succeed—and show it.

Parents would support their children’s learning both inside and outside the classroom. They would be partners with teachers, and responsive to outreach. They would worry less about advocating for their children to get good grades, and focus more on making sure they were being challenged and putting in the effort needed to grow.

And your students would be enthusiastic, hard-working, persistent learners—and never lose their homework! (Okay, maybe not that last part!)

One of the many lessons that we have learned from the wonderful growth-minded teachers we’ve been lucky to work with over the past decade is that teaching students a growth mindset is essential—but support in the classroom and school community is also vital to ensuring that all students are able to realize the full benefit of a growth mindset. So we have embarked on a new project to develop a set of resources to support schools in transforming their culture—the Growth Mindset Learning Platform.


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Mindset in Action


Lorraine Davies, from Mindset Mastery, AU, on her experience applying Mindset theory:


“As Gandhi said, “My commitment is to truth, not consistency.” In the Mindset theory, I have found the most crucial component of learning.”

Tell us a bit about who you are, where you teach and what you do:
I have always seen children as innately democratic, empathetic and curious creatures, with these qualities being what drives them to seek answers and motivates them to learn. Therefore, it was pleasing to read literature confirming that the brain is actually hardwired for empathy and learning; in fact, our successful evolution has depended on it! With this in mind, I have questioned why it is that children who start out as eager and excited to begin school are, just a few years later, playing truant, acting out and ultimately are labeled as unmotivated, lazy or ‘not very clever’. What goes so badly wrong?

How did you become interested in the Growth Mindset?
Whether teaching in the UK or Australia, I had always found students to be predominantly disengaged, with low self-efficacy and accompanying attitudinal behaviors related to their own low self-esteem. I have come across teachers in the UK and Australia who spoke of their students as lazy, untrustworthy, lacking in ability and uninterested in school. In questioning why they should waste their time, it struck me that these teachers mirrored the same self-defeating attitudes of their students. In order to compensate, they would assign busy work or ‘dumb down’ the curriculum, which in turn exacerbated problem behaviors and caused these teachers to burn out even faster.

When I witnessed a disturbing incident that resulted in a young student undergoing emotional trauma at the hands of her teachers...

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The Growth Minded Educator Contest

The Growth Minded Educator contest is our way of saying thank you and recognizing the efforts that educators have put into instilling and cultivating a Growth Mindset environment.


May 2011 contest results:

The May 2011 Growth Minded Educator is... Chandra Boon! Congratulations! Thank you everybody who participated. We received fantastic submissions, and will reach out to some of you to figure out ways to expose the other entries as well.

Here is what Chandra Boon answered to the contest question "How has the Growth Mindset impacted your teaching and your students?":

“I teach Grade 11 Physics to Grade 10s at Branksome Hall, a girls’ school in Toronto. I read the book Mindset and immediately started applying the principles to make it clear to my students that I believe in their ability to develop. However, I realized that it is not enough for me to have a growth mindset. I felt compelled to teach my Physics students the mindset principles in order to help them thrive in this challenging subject, and deal with the anxiety it can induce."

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Enter the next Growth Minded Educator Contest


Get a chance to win an autographed copy of Carol Dweck''s book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success!

Contest Question:
What techniques do you use so that your students or kids don’t lose ground over the summer?(suggested length: 150 words or less)

Email your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
by July 6th, 2011 11:59 PM [PST]. We’ll review each answer and announce the Growth Minded Educator in the following newsletter.

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The Winner of the First Growth Minded Educator Contest

The Winner of the First Growth Minded Educator Contest

Chandra Boon

The Growth Minded Educator of May 2011 is... Chandra Boon! Congratulations! Thank you to all who participated! We received many fantastic submissions, and will reach out to some of you to discuss potential methods of incorporating your ideas and experiences into other areas of the Growth Mindset community.

With regard to our winning entry, here is what Chandra Boon answered to the contest question, "How has the Growth Mindset impacted your teaching and your students?":

“I teach Grade 11 Physics to Grade 10s at Branksome Hall, a girls’ school in Toronto. I read the book Mindset and immediately started applying the principles to make it clear to my students that I believe in their ability to develop. However, I realized that it is not enough for me to have a growth mindset. I felt compelled to teach my Physics students the mindset principles in order to help them thrive in this challenging subject, and deal with the anxiety it can induce.

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Emily Diehl, Sacramento, CA on her experience applying the Mindset theory

Emily Diehl, Sacramento, CA on her experience applying the Mindset theory

"Mindset opened my eyes to the possibilities in education to be systematic in creating real change for human beings." -Emily Diehl

Emily Diehl

Tell us a bit about who you are, where you teach and what you do:
My business is change. I am an instructional coach working with teachers from K-12 in a high poverty region. Daily I have myriad duties, but the bottom line is change – get adults to change their practices, habits, and thinking. Tall order.

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