RL Secondary Parent SEL Newsletter

April 2022

April SEL Theme Focus - Growth Mindset

Mindsets influence the way we think about ourselves and our abilities in and outside of the classroom. As individuals, we want to have a growth mindset over a fixed mindset. A fixed mindset is when people believe that their intelligence, talent and other qualities are innate and unchangeable. Those with a fixed mindset typically believe that if you are not good at something, you will never be good at it. In contrast, a growth mindset is when people believe that intelligence and talents can be improved through effort and learning. Not surprisingly, your mindset plays a major role in your motivation, resilience and achievement.

Those who adopt a growth mindset are more likely to:

  • Embrace lifelong learning

  • Believe intelligence can be improved

  • Put in more effort to learn

  • Believe effort leads to mastery

  • Believe failures are just temporary setbacks

  • View feedback as a source of information and opportunity to learn

  • Willingly embraces challenges

  • View others’ success as a source of inspiration

-From Mindset Health

Psychologist Dr. Carol Dweck of Stanford University was the first to describe the growth mindset. Her remarkable research and resources, some of which are suggested below, have led to major changes in teaching, learning and parenting. As parents, we want to help our children develop a growth mindset. Below are the major findings of researchers in the field to promote growth mindset in children.

To promote growth mindset:

  • Tell them over and over that “brains can get strong”

  • Point out their effort over results

  • Catch them being persistent

  • Be specific with praise

  • Encourage a healthy attitude to failure and challenge

  • Use the word “yet” and use it often

  • Show them that they don’t always have to be successful to be okay

  • Provide them with the support and permission to fail

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Important Information and Dates

May 13th - Last Day of school for Seniors

May 20th - 8th Grade Recognition Ceremony

May 21st - Graduation

June 2nd - Last Day of School