CORNERSTONE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY
Dear Eagle Family,
Welcome to the month of April!
I am proud and excited to see our students steadily progressing in their learning journey in the midst of these uncertain times. Both physical and virtual participation is amazing, which is evident of the phrase "Learning never stops at C.I.A." As passionate educators, we are focused on maximizing students’ achievements with challenging and engaging tasks and activities and also equipping them with the relevant skills needed for them to be successful in the fast changing world.
We appreciate and commend our parents for their continued show of interest in their child’s learning. Students in the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP) exhibited their talents and showcased their learning through events like, Ghanaian Independence Day celebration, Francophonie Day, PYP students celebration of learning, MYP Design spectacle and Puppetry show. We appreciate your attendance to our virtual UPP meetings and PYP/MYP Sharing programs and are confident that in subsequent meetings, the number of parent attendees will increase to help foster more collaborative effort towards the holistic education of our students.
Our cherished team of facilitators will continue to support students to be leaders by instilling in them the traits of the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile attributes and promote international mindedness in the community.
In this month of April, we celebrate the IB Learner Profile trait, PRINCIPLED. People who are principled act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We encourage parents to help our students exhibit this trait at home too and also share wonderful moments of such actions with us.
Please walk into our Administration Office or call us to book an appointment if you wish to discuss the progress of your child's learning.
We look forward to an amazing month filled with innovative, exciting and engaging learning experiences which will inspire leadership in our students.
Mrs. Vani Joseph
THE CAN DO IT SPIRIT (GROWTH MINDSET)
I am not good at Math! I don’t like Language Art! I cannot draw! I am not good at anything!
We often hear children throw these words with so much grief but I was so excited to learn about how a growth mindset can dramatically improve a child's academic performance and motivation to learn. The first thing our children need to know is that our intelligence is not fixed, that is, it can change. It can get stronger or weaker depending on how much effort we are willing to apply. They need to understand that, the brain is like a muscle that gets stronger with use and that learning prompts neurons in the brain to grow new connections.
We must teach them that they can improve their IQ and talents, present the evidence and how education have control over. A baby isn't born talking but learns over time, they do not know everything but can learn over time with hard work and determination. We must teach them that people with a growth mindset believe that they can learn, change, and develop the needed skills. They are better equipped to handle inevitable setbacks and know that hard work can help them accomplish their goals.
Another way to teach about the growth mindset is by telling stories on achievements that resulted from hard work. For instance, talking about mathematical geniuses who were more or less born that way puts students in a fixed mindset, but descriptions of great mathematicians who fell in love with math and developed amazing skills engenders a growth mindset. Try reading a biography of famous historians like Thomas Edison for starters.
Students can develop growth mindset by observing and listening to their parent or facilitator and show how to recognize fixed mindset thoughts and replace them with growth mindset thoughts. Guardians, parents, and facilitators must learn to praise the process.
Reference: homeschooling with Dyslexia.com
Ms. Afua Asantewaa Asante