Here are some additional resources you can access at home to support the growth mindset:
1. Big Hero 6 (PG)
2. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (G)
3. Eddie the Eagle (PG-13)
4. Inside Out (PG)
5. Miracle (PG)
6. Rudy (PG)
7. Spare Parts (PG-13)
8. Zootopia (PG)
1. "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus
2. "Fall Up" by Sus B
3. "Firework" by Katy Perry
1. Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss
2. If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano
3. Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It by JoAnn Deak
4. Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
5. The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
6. Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
7. The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
*These books are at a lower level but teach good growth mindset*
I am a firm believer in the power of positivity, the power of a growth mindset, and approach each year with the belief that all of my students are capable of learning and growth. I hold my students to high expectations and show them ways they can grow personally, mentally, and educationally towards meeting those expectations.
What is growth mindset? It is the belief that intelligence and ability are not fixed traits or that we are born with only so much of them. Instead, with effort, perseverance, a positive attitude, and intrinsic motivation all students are capable of academic achievement.
Each day when your child comes into my classroom, he/she will be immersed in the growth mindset. My students will be asked to take educational risks, push themselves out of their comfort zones, read text a little above their Lexile level, learn new strategies and techniques with an open mind, and leave all negativity at the door. My students will be praised for their willingness to approach learning with an open mind, not their mental quickness or natural intelligence. My hope is for them to grow in ways they never thought possible!
These messages cannot only come from me, so I am asking for your help. You can value growth and improvement in your home. My class is not based on scores, grades or a number at the top of a paper. Yes, data is valuable for tracking progress and helping me guide instruction, but the most important thing to me is that I see student growth. I am not asking you to be happy about a bad grade or throw a party over it, but what I am asking of you is that you keep in mind their progress over time and celebrate that achievement!
Here are some things you can do to help extend and encourage the growth mindset in your home:
1. Encourage your child to take risks and tackle new challenges, whether it is academically, socially, physically, or mentally.
2. Praise your child for the effort he/she puts into his/her school work.
3. Communicate with me so we can be sure to be on the same page.
4. Emphasize perseverance and effort.
I hope you'll commit to joining me on this growth-mindset journey.