Setting the Stage for a Great Year! - Mid-Pacific Institute

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Setting the Stage for a Great Year!

Posted on August 17, 2017

by Ms. Holzman on August 17, 2017

"A person who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." -Albert Einstein

This quote was on the white board Wednesday morning. I asked the children, "What do you think Albert Einstein meant and what could you learn from this?"

A great discussion began about "Growth Mindset" a term (coined by Dr. Carol Dweck) most of the children already knew! For those that didn't, a student explained, " It's when you think you can do something, it happens."

I believe, as an educator, it's my duty to create a pathway for students to embrace struggle and realize that their hard work and effort can actually make them smarter.

I wrote six words, "Courage, Mistakes, Risks, Effort, Dedication, and Persistence" on separate sheets of paper and put one on each table. I asked the children to write or draw what that word meant to them. I told the children it had to be a silent activity so that their friends could really think about each word. Each group rotated to a different table every few minutes. All the children had an opportunity to draw and write what each word meant to them.

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The most important part of the lesson came at the end when the children shared their ideas. I asked them to tell me why they thought this was an important topic.

Here are some of the answers I received:

"We need to know it's alright to make mistakes. That's how we learn from them."

"Because taking risks is good. You're trying something you're not sure about. You might end up learning something you didn't know before."

"Sometimes we have to have courage and be brave to try something new even if we might get it wrong."

"You want us to keep trying and put a lot of effort into getting good at something.

"That being persistent isn't bad, it means you just want us to keep trying."

"Dedication means doing it over and over again because you like it."

Amazing, isnt it? I was blown alway as I listend to the children explain their roles and responsiblity in their own learning!

As we begin this new school year, I challenge you as parents to create an atmosphere in your home where "you create a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishments."-Carol Dweck (Author of the book, Mindset)

Welcome back to school, everyone!