During our Professional Development days, our teachers investigated various topics including Growth Mindset and goal setting in order to improve student engagement in the classroom. Our instructor explained how our brains are malleable and with neuroplasticity can be reorganised by forming new connections. The analogy was used of the brain being like a muscle and needing to be exercised just as the muscles in our bodies become stronger with use.Over the next few weeks, teachers will be encouraging children to use a growth mindset rather than a fixed mindset in both their actions and words. We ask parents and guardians to join us on this journey by helping the children to change their dialogue from “This is too hard!” to “I can’t do this yet.” Our library has some fantastic books to help with this!
Classes will be working to create class goals and possibly even some individual goals for the students to work towards this term with their growth mindset. Goal setting gives students long-term vision and short-term motivation. By knowing what they want to achieve, they know what they have to concentrate on and their strategies to improve.