I have the unique opportunity to work with every teacher and student across the district in my current role. I am responsible for communicating, administering and supporting all instructional programs for our learners. I have proposed a student led instructional technology support course (LDMS Falcons STS) as my innovative project based on the blended learning and COVA principles. Of course choice, voice, ownership and authentic learning have been my main focus, I am now also planning on incorporating growth mindset philosophies within every aspect of this push for change. Shifting over to and continually promoting a growth mindset encourages all learners to embrace things that do not come easily.
We need to praise learners for their effort, strategies, progress, hard work, persistence, learning from past mistakes, and rising to the challenge, instead of telling them how smart they are or congratulating them for not making mistakes. We need to remind learners that mistakes help them improve, that they learn from mistakes and that if something doesn’t work, they can try another way to solve the problem. This in turn creates critical thinking skills and a passion for life-long learning. And I intentionally target learners in my plan because everyone can benefit from the growth mindset – all learners regardless of age, position or ability.
Developing a growth mindset early is indeed a huge benefit that will help children become more confident, resilient, empowered, and not afraid to fail. Confident children are willing to put forth more effort and try hard to accomplish their goals. Dweck explains that simply giving praise to a student for their effort during a failure is not likely to help them develop or maintain a growth mindset. Instead, it is important to help them realize that “nobody has a growth mindset in everything all the time.” There will be failure and with that comes feedback and criticism. Embrace it. Learn from it. Everyone.