We are fully into the school year, skills have been reviewed and honed, and it is time to launch into new concepts which amps up the level of challenge. How will each student embrace and manage these higher-level expectations?
Marked learning and development necessitates struggle. The fruits of confidence and self-esteem are earned through taking risks and overcoming failure. The willingness to put forth this kind of effort is termed as having a “growth mindset,” as opposed to a “fixed mindset” about learning and intelligence.
According to Dr. Carol Dweck of Stanford University, most people mistakenly believe that they are either smart or not. In reality, her many years of research have shown that people with a “growth mindset” – those who believe that embracing challenge and being tenacious throughout the learning process – make great gains. Unfortunately, those with a “fixed mindset” tend to choose to do only those tasks that require little effort to accomplish, and therefore intellectual gains for them are minimal.
We are never done learning. Each time I walk into a classroom, I learn something new, even in prekindergarten, which is one of the reasons I love this profession! The biggest lesson a child can learn is that there is no end to what they can learn and accomplish, as long as they remain curious, engaged, and determined – hopefully for a lifetime!
by Mrs. Volker