The phrase "Growth Mindset" has kind of taken the education world by storm. After being introduced to the concept during a building PD opportunity during the 14/15 school year the wheels in my head started turning! I could literally imagine specific students at all ability levels who had been in my class over the years who would have benefited from knowing that they CAN indeed change the way they think about themselves as learners and that as their teacher, I can encourage them to believe that they CAN learn... EVERYTHING I ask them to.
This summer I also had the opportunity to attend the PBL World Conference in Napa, California. As we kicked off this school year, with a fresh set of 22 kiddos, I knew exactly what I wanted our first PBL unit to be... And from that thought, at about 4:30 in the morning (when I do my best thinking), emerged #projectgrowthmindset. At this point I really did not have a clear plan of attack but I was eager to get started and with the support of our building principal and my teammates we were well on our way!
After collaborating with teachers district wide at a district PD opportunity, I am diving into a little more PD for myself as I focus on my abilities to foster a classroom full of students with a growthmindset by reading A Mindset for Learnign by Kristine Mraz and Christine Hertz.
My kiddos have decided that we are not going to stop within the walls of our classroom, we are going to expand our project and encourage all of the students in our building, within our district, and throughout the world to CHANGE THEIR THINKING and to realize that they have the ability to make the world awesome! We have already taken on two phases of our project- both with the goal of making positive thinking visible throughout our building as we encourage other students to believe in themselves and we are excited to collaborate with students from the Excelsior Springs Middle School for phase 3! We would love for you to follow our journey on twitter and Pinterest as we spread the word and make our learning (as students and as their teacher) visible!
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