We've been talking about using Growth Mindset in our classrooms, and about how we can both use and encourage our students to use positive self-talk. This month, we want students to OWN IT. This means, we want students to start accepting feedback, internalizing it, and using it. The following video illustrates a Grade One student doing exactly that.
Something that is important for us, as teachers, to remember is that too much feedback may be overwhelming, and students may not accept it because they don't know where to start. By focusing on one detail or success criteria item, students may be more willing to make changes that will be more permanent.
The idea of "Own It" ties nicely into self- and peer-assessment. If students have an open, growth mindset about feedback, they're more likely to see themselves more accurately when evaluating themselves.
How do you think you might implement "Own It" in your classroom this month?
This month's character trait of Optimism fits in with our Growth Mindset goal for March.
For our "Talk It" component of Growth Mindset, teachers can create positive, growth mindset-type anchor charts for student self-talk. The following is a sample chart that you could use for reference when creating one for your own class:
Developed by Fieldcrest Elementary School teachers
Asking the students to think of things that "slow them down" when they're learning is a good way to get the discussion going. What voices (and possibly, whose voices) say negative things that make them question their abilities? What could we say to these voices? How could we look at things a different way?
Shawn Achor is the CEO of Good Think Inc., where he researches and teaches about positive psychology. In this TED Talk, he discusses the power of positive thinking in making us more productive and happier. He suggests the following strategies for fostering happiness in daily life:
For our animal lovers out there (student OR staff!), here's a video worth watching - you may or may not be familiar with Lil Bub... she's an internet sensation! She's a little tabby cat that has osteoporosis, so it makes it difficult for her to walk. This video is of her climbing a set of stairs. Here's her story:
(December 2013) One year ago, BUB was barely able to move at all due to the increasing deformity and growth of her bones caused by osteopetrosis. Vets and specialists said it was a matter of weeks before she couldn't move or eat at all, and that there was nothing that could be done to help. But now, thanks to a lot of work and encouragement, special treatments, and BUB's unflinching determination, BUB is not only able to stand upright and walk normally again, but she has been running and jumping for the first time since she was a kitten.
And this week, BUB climbed 15 stairs. She did it once, then she did it again. As you can see from the video the first time was a little bit of a challenge. But over the past 6 days, she's done at least 20 times and now she can get up those things no problem.