Chattahoochee Counseling Connection

September 2021

The purpose of Chattahoochee Counseling Connection newsletter is to highlight social emotional learning practices for students, teachers, and parents. In September's issue, we are shining our spotlight on GROWTH MINDSET. As students get accustomed to being back in school and as they learn more advanced material, they may need extra encouragement that they CAN do it, they just may not be able to do it yet. We love the power of YET. (We also might need extra encouragement as we parent through these unprecedented times.)

What is growth mindset?

Growth mindset definitely seems to be a term that is referred to a lot these days.

What exactly do the buzz words mean though?!

“In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.” ( Dweck, 2015)

Growth mindset is:

The belief that you can learn and get better at things!

The belief that mistakes are okay and are part of the learning process!

The belief that it is important to keep trying and not give up!

Your Fantastic Elastic Brain

Learning happens best when it is done both at school and at home!

PRACTICE Growth Mindset

Together with your child, talk about encouraging messages that they can say to themselves when something is challenging or frustrating. You (or they) can write these messages down sticky notes or notecards, and place them where they can see them, such as the mirror, their school folder, their lunchbox, their nightstand, their desk, etc.

TALK about Growth Mindset

Discuss and ask questions about growth mindset.

Here are some questions to get you started:

What do you do when something is challenging for you?

What is something you can tell yourself if something is challenging for you or if you have made a mistake?

Counselor Favorites

Growth Mindset Books

Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: A Growth Mindset Book for Kids to Stretch and Shape Their Brains by JoAnn Deak Ph.D. and Sarah Ackerley

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein

Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

When Pigs Fly by Valerie Coulman

Bubble Gum Brain by Julia Cook

I Can't Do That, YET: Growth Mindset by Esther Pia Cordova and Maima W. Adiputri

The Magical Yet by Angela DiTerlizzi and Lorena Alvarez

What Do You Do With a Problem? by Kobi Yamada

Welcome back to school!

The counselors at Chattahoochee are glad to see so many students back in person! We would like to remind you that we are available for extra support if your child should need it. Please see below for our individual contact information.

Chattahoochee Counselors

Kelly Byrd, Ed.S.

Student Support Counselor/MTSS Coordinator

Tammey Carr, Ed.S.

School Counselor, K-2

Kim Peters, Ed.S.

School Counselor, 3-5