Pleasant Grove AIG Updates!
Do you have a growth mindset?
In the last newsletter, I gave some suggestions about ways to praise your children. Now I will challenge you as parents- Do you have a growth mindset? Do you believe that with effort, persistence, and motivation your children can achieve their goals?
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 have noticed that in myself as both a parent and teacher.) It takes time and practice, but it is well worth it when you see the difference that it makes in your children!
Next, we will move into learning more about informational texts and research. Students will use what they are learning about animal defenses to create a new animal that can survive in one of North Carolina's regions. They will research the animals and environment, and then justify why this "new animal" would be able to survive in its assigned location.
A goal I have for each student is for them to think "flexibly" about math. One way to do that is to look for multiple strategies for any solution and to share mathematical thinking. Another aspect of mathematical flexibility is understanding properties of numbers. We have studied primes and composites, factorization, multiples, and the order of operations. Next we will work with divisibility rules and how they help with calculations.
We took part in the media center project to create a pumpkin character to excite fellow readers about our novels. The students chose an important character, explained why the character was significant, and provided a short book review to go with the pumpkin. It was a creative way to combine thinking critically about our characters with a fun representation. Thank you so much to the parents and students who donated supplies to help with our project. Check out a few pictures of our characters below!
Our next learning adventure will take us to the rainforest as we turn into researchers searching for solutions to help preserve this special biome. Students will choose a profession that connects to the rainforest, research what is causing harm in that area, and think of a possible solution to correct the problem. We will be approaching this challenge from a global perspective and thinking about how our actions where we live affect the biodiversity of the rainforests. Students will present their research and ideas by creating a TED talk to raise awareness of these issues.
Students who read Escape from Aleppo created a "Nadia pumpkin" to showcase this amazing character!
Part of Josef's creative team
Refugee readers created a "Josef pumpkin" to tell his amazing story of courage!
We are finishing up our STEM challenge and analyzing the results. The students were challenged to build a "treat tosser" with a limited supply of items. The goal was to build a device to toss a candy-corn pumpkin the greatest distance. After testing, teams were able to modify their devices based on their observations in hopes to achieve a greater distance.
Before winter break, we will be expanding on the students' study of multiplying and dividing fractions with fun problem solving!
Below is my schedule for pull-out classes. I try my best to follow this schedule, but testing, field trips, and other school events can lead to rescheduling. I appreciate everyone's flexibility!
I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!!
Wednesdays 9:15-10:00 MATH
Thursdays 1:00-1:45 READING
Tuesdays 11:40-12:30 READING
Thursdays 10:45-11:30 MATH