Sunday, March 15, 2015

What is your MINDSET?

This week we continued learning about MINDSET---if you aren't familiar with this, then you will want to get familiar with it.  ASCA (American School Counselor Association) has standards for Growth Mindset which really justifies me teaching it!
Okay---so here it is ...
I went to a staff professional development session on Mindset presented by Trevor Ragan.  I had heard about him and what he teaches so I begged my principal to let me go and he said YES!!!  (He knew I would come back all pumped up!)  Before I went I listened to the podcasts and blog entries from Trevor's site, Train Ugly (doesn't the name just make you curious?).  He shares research he has done as well as uses other great mindset leaders such as Carol Dweck and Seth Godin (you will find him on Trevor's blog).  I came racing back to school and started searching for something to put on the bulletin board in my hall that would spark the kids interest and make them curious and it did.  I found this great set on TpT that I used as part of my lesson---(okay, we crowded the hallway walk area for a bit but it just seemed to draw others in--it was great!).  I would like to give Traci Brown a huge shout out for her great creation on this---you can find it here and see it below.

Last week we talked about the different parts of the brain.  We used the book The Fantastic Elastic Brain  by JoAnn Deak and the kids LOVED it!  AND I loved the discussion we had about it!  I think my favorite was , "How does the brain do all this stuff?"  Great question!

This week we discussed the bulletin board and what fixed mindset and growth mindset is.  We talked about examples of each and things we see and hear at school that would show both.  This week we read the book The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires....I told the kids her name should be Ashley INSpires because her book really inspired me!  The could see examples of not giving up in the book and growth mindset.  The character in the book also gets to a point where she is so frustrated that she says, "I quit!".  I actually heard gasps from my students when I read that part---it was great!

 I closed the book and said, "The End!"----eyes got big and someone said, "NO WAY!  She can't quit!"  So I told them she decided to practice growth mindset and that sometimes that takes some help from others.  We finished the book and talked about how we have others who encourage us---teachers, parents and friends!  Next week we will dive into mindset even more!  I can't wait!
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