Having a growth mindset has been proven to drastically affect achievement. For this reason, we have spent the first weeks of school learning about and practicing the growth mindset stances: persistence, resilience, flexibility, optimism, and empathy. Allowing children to make mistakes and experience failure provides them with an opportunity to grow. In the classroom, we see mistakes and struggles as opportunities for our brains to grow. Some children need more support than others in practicing resilience and and persistence. Miss Haarmann and I are available to provide support as needed, but our goal is for each and every student to love learning and to gain independence in their pursuit of new knowledge.
“In this mindset, the hand you’re dealt is just the starting point for development. This growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts. Although people may differ in every which way — in their initial talents and aptitudes, interests, or temperaments — everyone can change and grow through application and exercise.”
- Carol Dweck, Author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
Modeled after the studios in the Glenridge Art Room, the studios in our classroom provide opportunities for students to creatively process their classroom learning. In the photos below, students are freely exploring the materials available in each studio. At times, students will be encouraged to develop their own projects, and at other times, students will be asked to use the materials to represent concepts we are learning in content areas.