Friday 5!

Equity and Growth Mindset

Friday 5! Week of 2/5/16

This week in Friday 5! features a look at fostering equity in schools as well as tackling the idea that some people are just born smart. Check it out!

Grit, Resilience, and Growth Mindset

It sounds like a new buzz word, but it isn't a new thought. Students give up too easily, they have no perseverance, some kids are just smart. The Growth Mindset focuses on the idea that anyone can learn anything; that intelligence isn't part of your DNA and only meant for a precious few. Intelligence can grow. A large majority of our students have been told and have been made to feel that they are not smart. They don't know basic skills, they can't read, they can't make straight A's, etc. WE as teachers have to change our mindset before we can expect students to change theirs. If we expect them to be bad, they will be. If we enforce the belief that they are not smart, they won't be. Check out this article for resources on how to change the mindset in your classroom, and check out the video below to help you understand a Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset.
Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset: An Introduction