Willie Brown Academy Insider
November 22, 2019
How can you support a growth mindset in your children?
No parent thinks, "I wonder what I can do today to undermine my children, subvert their efforts, turn them off learning, and limit their achievement." Of course not. We think, "I would do anything, give anything, to make my children successful." Yet many of the things we do boomerang. Our best intentioned judgments, our lessons, our motivating techniques often say the wrong message, unintentionally.
In fact, every word and action sends a message. It tells children - or students or athletes - how to think about themselves. It can be a fixed mindset message that says: "You have permanent traits and I'm judging them," or it can be a growth mindset message that says: "You are a developing person and I am interested in your development."
The most important thing you can do to help your child instill a growth mindset it to praise them for effort rather than for talent. Messages like "You learned that so quickly! You're so smart!" teach the child that effort is a sign of weakness and that they either are or aren't smart. If they encountered difficulty in the future, they wouldn't know how to deal with it. Instead, messages such as "I like the way you approached that problem", or "Good job to hang in there and find a strategy that did work," or "Sorry, that seemed to be too easy for you, let's do something more challenging," teaches kids that effort is something we can all benefit from to reach our full potential, and that they need to be working purposefully in order to grow.
2020-21 Calendar Survey
Members of the Mansfield ISD Districtwide Educational Improvement Committee (DEIC) recently selected two options as finalists for the 2020-21 school year calendar.
The district is now seeking the public’s feedback to determine which option will be best for MISD students, staff and the community. View the options here before completing the survey at the bottom of the page. The survey will close on Monday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m.
Classroom Spelling Bee Winners
4th Grade: Aaron Fung, Jakob Taylor, Diego Duran-Carrillo, Kason Krodle, Jaxon Martinez, Olivia Hoffman, Kaylie Smith, Sophia Flores, Jayden Santos, Ian Wicker, Brady Green, and Tobi Sobande
3rd Grade: Luna Nashawati, Charlotte Shelton, Noah Verdier, Jensen Shelton, Noah Acosta, Muhammad Hamzah, Jazira Anderson, Preslee Padovich, Bryn Kralick, and Tyler Duong
School Board Star Student
Molly Friedel received the School Board Star Student Award on Tuesday evening. She was recognized for consistently showing great character!
WB Honor Society
WB Honor Society Faculty Advisory, Mrs. Greig, brings the first meeting to order.
4th Grade Egg Drop
4th grade scholars are ready to observe their Egg Drop contraptions launched from the roof!
School Board Star Student
WBA Scholar Performances at Toys for Tots Event
Eagle Choir - 6:00 on inside stage
Jumpin' Eagles - 8:00 on inside stage
Also, our illustrious librarian Sharon Dressel will be providing holiday story time at 5:00 in meeting room 2!