Monday Morning Motivation

Carlisle Elementary School

August 31, 2015

Video Announcements Set to Begin Tomorrow!

What is a Growth Mindset?

I had the opportunity to share the book Going Places, by Paul and Peter Reynolds, with several classes last week. I can't begin to tell you about the amazing conversations I had with students about having a growth mindset. I realized very quickly that my expectations of what they knew was much too low. After the experience, I reflected deeply on this concept and I wanted to share my thoughts.

When students and teachers have a growth mindset, they understand that intelligence can be developed. Students focus on improvement instead of worrying about how smart they are. They work hard to learn more and get smarter. Based on years of research by Stanford University’s Dr. Dweck, Lisa Blackwell Ph.D., and their colleagues, we know that students who learn this mindset show greater motivation in school, better grades, and higher test scores.

What does a Growth Mindset School look like?

Administrators support teachers’ learning. They are responsive to honest feedback, rather than defensive. They seek to build their skills, and are willing to learn from their teachers.

Teachers collaborate with their colleagues and instructional leaders, rather than shut their classroom doors and fly solo. They strive to strengthen their own practice, rather than blame others. They truly believe that all students can learn and succeed—and show it.

Parents support their children’s learning both inside and outside the classroom. They partner with teachers, and respond to outreach. They worry less about advocating for their children to get good grades and focus on making sure kids are being challenged and put in the effort needed to grow.

Students are enthusiastic, hard-working, persistent learners. They take charge over their own success.

Finally, this quote really struck me recently.

"Don’t tell me that you think all students can learn until you show me what you do with the ones who haven’t”… as we start our team meetings this week, I encourage you to think about this concept of Growth Mindset.

Please Join the #connectedteachers chat Thursday 8:30 pm-9:30 pm. Even if you are nervous about chatting, I encourage you to introduce yourself and just lurk. There is a lot of learning caused by lurking! I will be the guest moderator and we will use the Going Places book to springboard the conversation! We had six people join us last week. Would love to double that number this week!

Have a great week!


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Team Meetings Start This Week!!

Team Meetings (formerly known as grade level meetings) will be held weekly during planning times beginning this week. There will be a document shared later in the week.

Kg - Wednesday 12:40-1:20

1st - Wednesday (and Pam Maddox) 12:00-12:40

2nd - Wednesday (and Missy Hunt) 8:50- 9:30

3rd - Thursday 8:10-8:50

4th - Thursday 9:30-10:10

5th - Thursday 10:10-10:50

6th - Thursday 11:00-11:40

We will also have monthly scheduled vertical content team meetings. That schedule will be shared soon.

Classroom Rules Minion Style!

Classroom Rules

While one person hesitates because s/he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior. ~ Henry Link

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Monday 8/31
  • #celebratemonday

Tuesday 9/1

  • Leadership Team meeting 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm in the library

Wednesday 9/2

  • K, 1, 2 Teams meet during planning times

Thursday 9/3

  • 3, 4, ,5 ,6 Teams meet during planning times
  • Cub Scout Rally in cafeteria 2:45 for boys in grades 1-5
  • #connectedteachers chat 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Monday 9/7

  • Labor Day - No School

Be watching for a PGP conference signup sheet coming soon.