Willie Brown Academy Insider
January 10, 2020
Again I sharing more strategies for helping your child develop a growth mindset:
1. Say This Not That (in December 6 WBA Insider)
2. Talk About the Brain (in December 13 WBA Insider)
3. Accept Mistakes as Learning Opportunities (in December 18 WBA Insider)
4. Understand the Role of Emotions in Learning
When we get angry, scared, or feel threatened, our fight or flight response is activated. This can happen anytime, whether we're scared of a spider or scared of math! Our brains are wired to protect us when we feel threatened, and stress symptoms such as sweating, stomach cramps, and your mind going blank are completely normal. There are strategies we can use to help us learn when the fight or flight response tries to take over. One of these strategies is called Square Breathing and it helps to break down the adrenaline that is flooding the bloodstream and preventing learning from occurring. To practice Square Breathing, you breathe in for the count of 4, then hold it for the count of 4. Breathe out for the count of 4, and hold it for the count of 4. Repeat 4 times. What other things can you do to manage stress? Share those strategies with your child and when you notice they are in a stress state, coach them to use those strategies!