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Elementary Principal Blog

Tina Souza

I've been reading the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck. Here is a blurb from MindsetWorks.com describing the premise of the book:

"Over 30 years ago, Carol Dweck and her colleagues became interested in students' attitudes about failure. They noticed that some students rebounded while other students seemed devastated by even the smallest setbacks. After studying the behavior of thousands of children, Dr. Dweck coined the terms fixed mindset and growth mindset to describe the underlying beliefs people have about learning and intelligence. When students believe they can get smarter, they understand that effort makes them stronger. Therefore  they put in extra time and effort, and that leads to higher achievement."

Carol Dweck

While "growth mindset" is not a new concept, it has recently regained popularity in the education field as Dr. Dweck revised and updated her book in 2016. I have been intrigued with how to teach and apply a growth mindset at school and in my personal experiences, so I was pleasantly surprised when I realized that the NED's Mindset Mission show was based on this same concept. While the students may have been most excited about the presenter, Olivia's yo-yo tricks and funny voices, I was thrilled that she was teaching growth mindset principles to our students in a relatable way!

I would encourage parents of elementary students to learn more about the concept of growth mindset and take advantage of this opportunity to emphasize and reiterate what students learned at the NED show. You can find useful parent resources at www.mindsetworks.com and at www.mindsetmission.com. I would highly recommend reading Mindset: The New Psychology of Success as well. If we all apply these principles as partners in educating our students, we can foster accomplishment and success in a way that is transformative!

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

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