Each department at my school has been asked to do the same activity certain days this week to provide a cohesive beginning to all our students. We as a department chose to cover the topic of the growth mindset today.
I showed a short clip and had some discussion topics ready. Truth be told, I wasn’t really expecting to hear anything astounding, as this is Day 2 and people are still quiet (that won’t last long). But I hoped to get them to think and to self-analyze a bit.
As usual, the kids were more impressive than I gave them credit for.
There was one question that was answered so eloquently in various classes that I got goosebumps throughout the day just listening to my students articulate their thoughts. The question was: “What would it look like if teachers bought into the growth mindset? Students? Parents?”
Some of my favorite answers:
If teachers bought into the growth mindset, they would be more willing to learn from their students.
If students bought into the growth mindset, we would risk more.
If my parents bought into the growth mentality, they would encourage my passions–not their wishes.
They got that after a five-minute video and a short lecture?
What was really interesting to me was a conclusion that came very organically in most of my classes: that when they become parents, they need to be very intentional about encouraging a growth mindset in their kids so as to break this cycle of fixed thinking.
That part was not in my notes, friends. That was all them.
I think I’ll keep this group.