I’m already thinking about coming back in January, and continuing to cultivate growth mindsets throughout my school. I’ve talked about my school being a Learning Organization, and how many of us have adopted Twitter to help grow our thinking and PLN (#BVGLearns). In fact, it was a colleague, Matt Clark, who posted on Twitter (@mattclark #BVGLearns) a TEDtalk on the Power of Yet given by Carol Dweck. This reminded me that “Language Defines Space”.
If language defines our space, our hallways, and our classrooms, we need to adopt the language and behaviours of growth mindset:
The Power of “Yet”: using the term Not Yet implies a time in the future that the student will achieve the goal/result/understanding. It releases them from:
“The Tyranny of Now”: helping our students understand that marks they recieve, report cards, and parent-teacher interviews are snapshots in time, not indelible marks of who they are at that particular point in time, is a great strategy to promote:
“Process-oriented Learning”: In Dweck’s TEDtalk, she cites an employer who lamented that we have raised a generation that needs a reward everyday to feel valued at work. It is the burden of accomplishment that we need to steer our students away from. We need to learn to praise process, strategy, visible thinking, and not just the result. This could result in a brain that is “on fire” when faced with failure/challenge:
There are lots of images and resources on how to go deeper in promoting a growth mindset, such as Larry Ferlazzo’s website, and our Cohort 21 Diigo page, but if you have any key phrases or strategies that teachers can use in their classrooms, while conferencing with students, while on the stage rehearsal, in the sports arena, etc…, let’s start posting them here in the comments!