Friday, March 20, 2015

The power of believing you can improve.

Teacher Professional Development
One of the speakers at the pd that our teachers attended on Wednesday was Carol Dweck.  She had some very powerful ideas (backed up by years of research) about the affect of the way we think about our intelligence on our ability to learn.  A fixed mindset limits our ability to face the challenge of learning for fear we might be seen as 'dumb''.  A growth mindset encourages us to persist despite obstacles.
Small changes in the way we speak to learners can have a big impact on their willingness to keep trying when learning gets tough.  
Carol encouraged us to celebrate the struggle of learning and not ease of achievement.  

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