Welcome to our new part time AIG Teacher Meghan Sollars!
Research suggests that we as parents should think twice about praising our kids for being "smart" or "talented," because this could foster a fixed mindset. Instead if we encourage our children's efforts and acknowledge their persistence and hard work, then we will support the development of a growth mindset. Children with a growth mindset believe that with effort and persistence they can learn and achieve in school. A growth mindset will better equip them to persevere and pick themselves up when things do not go their way.
Dr. Carol Dweck, an educational researcher states,
"Parents should not shield their children from challenges, mistakes, and struggles. Instead, parents should teach children to love challenges. They can say things like 'This is hard. What fun!' or 'This is too easy. It's no fun.' They should teach their children to embrace mistakes, 'Oooh, here's an interesting mistake. What should we do next?' And they should teach them to love effort: 'That was a fantastic struggle. You really stuck to it and made great progress" or "This will take a lot of effort -- boy, will it be fun."
Some parents need to work at having a growth mindset. You may even notice that you have a growth mindset in some areas but not others. (I noticed that in myself as both a parent and a teacher.) It takes time and practice, but it is well worth it when you see the difference that it makes in your children!
After winter break students will be using the knowledge that they have gained from their animal research project in language arts and use their math knowledge about area, perimeter and angles, as well as the knowledge they gain from their science animal studies unit in order to create a floor plan of a zoo habitat for their animal that they have been researching.
This quarter all the small groups are reading historical fiction books on Children during World War II. The book we are reading as part of my group is Weedflower, which is a book that describes the life of a Japanese girl before/during Pearl Harbor. Unfortunately, I only have 6 copies of the book to share with all 3 cores so students are not able to take it home. Several students have had a hard time keeping up with their reading/work. It might help for them to have their own copy of the book. Please remind your student the importance of keeping up with their work and making sure to be complete by the due dates. Sometimes explaining how your job has due dates or deadlines helps them understand the importance of starting now.
When we return from break the next project will be about World Hunger. Students will explore World Hunger through the use of Math. They will begin by using their knowledge of multiplication/division with decimals/fractions in order to calculate how/if food is distributed evenly around the world.