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Staff Mini Pack Update 12/11/2015

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An AMAZING week at Scott!

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Principal's Pen

Dear Scott Staff,

Thank you Celeste for forwarding the article we are using in this week's staff mini pack as the feature for our letter to you all. This article written by Eduardo Briceno from Mindset Works expresses so many of the fundamental ideas that we hold dearly here at Scott - big ideas about motivation, failure and a growth mindset.

The graphic above demonstrates the need to help students understand how important mistakes are to the learning process and deepens our understanding of the different kinds of mistakes. Not all mistakes are created equal. Our ability to learn from our mistakes and manage those as we improve on them is critical.

Here are the 4 kind of mistakes:

  1. The Stretch Mistake: Stretch mistakes happen when we are working to expand and grow our current level or abilities. It's when we are trying to learn something new that we have limited experience with. If we never made stretch mistakes it would mean that we never truly challenged ourselves to learn new skills and concepts. Stretch mistakes are positive mistakes in which we strive for and expect.

  2. The Aha-Moment Mistake: This type of mistake is when we achieve a goal, but learn something unexpected in the process. It is not a mistake that can be planned or strived for. It just happens. An example of this is trying to put a small fire out, but instead of using water you grab the closest liquid - alcohol, which is flammable.
  3. The Sloppy Mistake: Sloppy Mistakes happen when we're doing something we are know how to do but make careless mistakes because of lack of focus or concentration. Sometimes, Sloppy Mistakes can be turned into Aha-Moment Mistakes if we learn something unexpected from that experience that helps us avoid a similar Sloppy Mistake.
  4. The High-Stakes Mistake: These kinds of mistakes occur when the results of an error have high stakes effects. For example, a bus driver going to fast around a curve would be a high stakes mistake. A football championship that is lost because of a player's error would be a high stakes mistake. These kind of mistakes are ones that potentially have detrimental, life changing effects but through which learning can still take place.

In order to learn the most from our mistakes, we need to understand the type of mistakes we are learning. Because mistakes are not all created equal, we need to focus our efforts and deepen our understanding and efficiency as learners.

How could you use this knowledge with your students to strengthen their attention and focus on their learning? How could this knowledge impact your decisions and instruction during WIN time or teacher table time? What if your students could use this knowledge to determine the type of mistakes they are making as they learn? Let us know your thoughts.

(If you would like to read the entire article you can find it here.)

We appreciate you all!

Paige and Leanne

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Sara Anderson's Nephew-Fisher heading to Kindergarten!


Staff Vacation Photos Needed

Please email Paige or Leanne with photos from your upcoming holiday break. We would like to include these in future mini packs. We can't wait to see where you go and what you do! (Otherwise we will find our own....Bwahhahahahah!)

Haylee Mendez Performing at Rock 101 Grill

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Special Shout Outs

  • Shout OUT to Kim Kiser and the Sunshine club! We appreciate you organizing the staff party!
  • Mini Pack Shout Julie Coalson for hosting the staff Christmas party! What a fun time.
  • A Big Howl to the 4th grade team for hosting a fantastic shower for Mandy Herrera.
  • Way to go to Angie Lamastra for always helping with carpool or whatever people need.
  • A BIG HOWL to Sabrina for acting as the mc for the spelling bee.

Mason Stallons' Football Team Won the Big Tex National Football Championship!

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