Last Friday, I participated in a Leadership Learning Team meeting with other educators in our school board. It was a great opportunity to think about the way we teach, and we were challenged to share this learning with others. This might have meant other teachers at my school, but I wanted to take it a step further. Besides talking about these ideas with my children at home over the weekend, my students had the opportunity to look through the videos and respond to some questions today in class.
We discussed the growth mindset as well as the idea that #YouCanLearnAnything. For some reason, it wasn’t easy for me to talk about this with my students, because I felt that it was getting a bit too real. A lump was forming in my throat because these ideas are at the heart and soul of any great classroom. Teachers always hope that students will do their best, will push their limits, and move on to lead successful lives. I mean, who hasn’t been inspired by movies like Freedom Writers or To Sir, With Love…?
In art class, I often hear students say that they have no talent, or that they’re not artistic. Even before attending their first class, they have convinced themselves that they won’t do well.
What better way to respond to fear than to offer reassurance and encouragement? By simply understanding the notion that we can train ourselves and improve our skills, we can begin to make the decision to move forward. When we share this knowledge with students, we empower them.
You can learn and accomplish anything with hard work and determination!! Try your hardest and you can get there!! ❤️ #niprockart
— jory zechner (@joryzechner) November 25, 2014
Students may wonder if these ideas only apply to specific people; those who struggle, those who succeed, or maybe even those who have talent…
A growth mindset is the ability to keep learning thinks despite failure. Success depends on the effort of a student, not the intelligence.As I student I see myself struggling with this concept because when I am praised for my natural intellectual ability I have a hard time pushing myself when times get tough. However, I believe I do have a growth mindset because my work effort and ambition is reflected through my school work. This video scientifically proved that my effort does pay off, and I should continue my hard work in order to achieve my goals, and continue to grow. (Olivia)
Hopefully more students will begin to see the benefits of hard work. If we talk about growth mindset in classes, our students will be given the opportunity to work on their skills. Bit by bit, as they push themselves further, they may discover that limits were only simple fears that fade away when we face them. Pretty soon, those limits will continue to dissolve as students walk through the ghosts of former concerns.
— Kaitlin (@Kaitlin_Munro) November 25, 2014