3 - Embracing the Mindset of Change

1st Grade

Discussion Question #1

What do we mean when we say that the brain has the capacity to change? Looking at the big picture, what are the implications of neuroplasticity and gene expression for educators and students?

Discussion Question #2

Identify several strategies that you can use to increase fluid intelligence in your students.

Fluid Intelligence

Students' ability to rapidly adjust their strategies and thought processes from one context to another. It encompasses problem solving, pattern recognition, reasoning, drawing inferences, and transferring understanding between contexts. IT CAN BE TAUGHT!!!

Discussion Question #3

Think of some specific strategies and activities you can use to strengthen the processes in your students' academic operating systems.


Academic Operating System


  • Perseverance
  • Sensory
  • Ability to engage, focus, and disengage as needed
  • Short-term and working memory
  • Sequencing skills
  • Confidence

Discussion Question #4

Does the "enrichment mind-set" prevail at your school? Is every staff member united in the belief that every kid can succeed? If not, what are some steps you can take to change your school's collective mind-set.

THIS DOESN'T WORK

Two Praises and a Push

  1. Change staff members' mind-sets
  2. Invest in staff
  3. Support ongoing collaboration
  4. Encourage staff dialogue
  5. Gather quality data