In this classroom, we have a “growth mindset.” Your achievement as a student is something that can be changed through your hard work, effort, and experience in this class. Success comes because of effort, and you control the amount of effort that you put forth. No past success in Science? It does not mean that you will not succeed in Science this year. In this classroom, we are determined to improve and learn!!
The emphasis in our classroom is placed on learning and meeting our learning goals and objectives. Here is where you will find the focus question that we are working on in class and the learning tasks that will guide you in investigating that question.
I look forward to working together throughout the school year!
A bit more about growth mindset for parents:
If you want to encourage a growth mindset in your children, please consider the following three strategies:
- Praise a child’s process and strategies, and tie those to the outcome. For example, Carol Dweck suggests these phrases: “Wow, you really practiced that, and look how you’ve improved.” “See, you studied more and your grade on this test is higher.” “You tried different strategies and you figured out how to solve the problem.” “You stuck to this and now you really understand it.”
- Focus on the strategies or skills necessary to solve a problem instead of just telling children to try harder. Carol Dweck suggests sitting down with a child and saying, “Let’s look at what you’ve done,” “Let’s look at what your understanding is,” or “Let’s look at what strategies you’ve used, and let’s figure out together what we should try next.”
Instead of focusing on growth mindset jargon, Carol Dweck says to change your teaching or parenting practices, offering more critical feedback and giving students opportunities to revise work.