The first month of school we focus on defining Growth Mindset. This is an important time for students to understand the mindset that we want to foster, not only in 5th grade, but for the rest of their lives. Here are are some words that you will hear your students using and talking about.
Below are some ways that you as a family can help foster a Growth Mindset in your children. Creating a Growth Mindset Environment will help prepare your children to become twenty-first century learners. Along with helping them to become college and career ready.
Ideas for Creating a Growth Mindset Environment at Home:
- We can't expect our children to have a growth mindset if we don't have one ourselves. Recognize fixed mindset thinking in your self and talk yourself into a growth mindset. This can also be done out loud so that your child can hear how you are changing your mindset. For example, you might catch yourself saying, "I can't figure out how to fill out this document". Then quickly rephrase it to add "I think I need to check on the website or call the bank so I can ask some questions, then I am sure I will be able to fill it out accurately".
- Be aware of your own fixed mindset statements such as "I am a terrible cook", "I was never good at math either", or "I wish I could play the piano like you do" (You can, with practice and perseverance!)
- Be aware of blaming genetics for anything - both positive and negative.
- Be careful about comparing your kids to their siblings or other kids.
- We want our children to enjoy the process of learning - not just be successful. Model this concept at home. For example, after a less than desirable outcome trying to backe something challenging, you might say " I really learned a lot making those cookies" rather than "Uggh, what a waste of time. That was an epic fail. I will never try that recipe again."
- Praise what your child does, not who he or she is. Praise perseverance and resiliency when you see your child struggle or face challenge. Avoid praising grades. Focus on praising work ethic and effort - not achievement.
- Adopt the word "yet' into your vocabulary. If your child proclaims he doesn't understand something, remind him that he can't "yet' but with hard work he will have success.
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Classroom Wish List
* Dry Erase Markers
* Clorox Wipes
* Zip loc Baggies (All sizes)
* Glue sticks
* Paper towels