Tech Time with Tuttell

October 11, 2015

Are you modeling a growth mindset?

When I was a classroom teacher each year my class had a funeral for "I can't." It was an important component of building our classroom culture. I firmly believe in the potential of all students but sadly that's not always the case for the students themselves. You see by 4th grade students lived up to the labels they were given: behavior problem, AIG, leader, follower, CCR, etc. because, even at their young age, their mindsets were fixed.

Every year I started with The Eagles Who Thought They Were Chickens by Mychal Wynn (great parable about the power of words ) and we'd work together to change our mindsets about ourselves and each other. We spent a lot of time sharing our labels, fears, beliefs about ourselves and others and then we wrote them all down, burying them during the funeral for 'I can't." We then resurrected. "I'll try", "I will", "I can" and whenever someone said "I can't" we all pointed to the tombstone hanging in the room.

So my question to you is this, are you modeling a growth mindset for your students?

Do you see yourself in any of these statements...

  • I am too old to learn new things
  • I am not a computer person
  • I hate this new teacher laptop
  • I always teach this lesson this way
  • I don't have time to learn something else

Below are a few articles to get you believing that, just like 4th graders, we have the power and the potential to change and grow if we start saying, "I'll try, I can, I will."

Articles to get you thinking

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