Primary School News

November, 2015

Growth Mindset

During PLC time, our kindergarten teachers have explored the work of Dr. Carol Dweck, focusing on her book, "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success". As teachers, it is important that we encourage children, and talk to our students in a way that helps them to believe that they can achieve. According to Dweck, individuals can be placed on a continuum according to their implicit views of where ability comes from. She has found that some believe their success is based on innate ability; and this is considered the "fixed mindset". Others, who believe their success is based on hard work, effort, learning and training are said to have a "growth mindset". Students are not necessarily aware of their own mindset, but their mindset can be observed based on their behavior.
After discussing this book, all of the teachers became very aware of how they praise their students. Dweck discourages telling kids that they are "smart", but instead telling them, in specific terms, that their hard work and effort is paying off.
When we challenge our students, we want them to see that hard work has benefits, and great accomplishments can be achieved. Those who embrace lifelong learning have a growth mindset!
Lisa Tillman led this discussion with our kindergarten team, and then prepared a lengthy synopsis of the book for us to review. Several others on the K team are reading the book and are planning to present the information to our staff later this year.

Celebrating Veteran's Day

Explaining Veteran's Day to a 5 year old is not easy! This year we had a unique opportunity to make this experience more personal for our students. Our p.e. teacher, John England, is an active officer with the Missouri National Guard. Coach England, along with our Watch DOG, First Sergeant, T.J. Panique (who is a veteran and served in Iraq) were able to perform a military flag ceremony for our students. We were very proud of our students, they were very respectful during this ceremony. Our music teacher, Shana Ballard, taught the students how to sing "God Bless America", so after we raised the flag and said "The Pledge of Allegiance", the students all sang to us.

Upcoming Events:

November 10 - Title I Parent Meeting
November 11 - Veterans Day Flag ceremony
November 13 - ESAIL Literacy Team Walk-throughs
November 17 - First Grade visits KSPR newsroom
November 19 - students attend rehearsal of HS Musical
November 25-29 - No School, Thanksgiving Break
December 1 - MAESP state meeting
December 1 - Literacy Committee meeting
December 3 - Assessment Round-table
December 5 - Staff Christmas Cookie Exchange
December 9 & 10 - Christmas Country Store