We all know that student engagement can make a huge difference in learning outcomes. So what do you do in your 'back-to-school' classroom activities that amps up students' ownership of learning and growth?
I think it's great to emphasize that it's the beginning of a new year and a new start to get a lot accomplished. It's always good to be able to look forward. I'd also have a conversation talking about what kind of learner they want to be and maybe start a class discussion about growth mindset using one of the books shared in the link below. What do you think Kristina Macbury Patricia Reeder and Kathy Dyer?
The Styling Librarian Topic: Growth Mindset Top 10 Favorite Books
Thanks for sharing this link. A couple of these books are new to me. Two however, I've used before - The Most Magnificent Thing and I Wish You More. I couldn't agree more that starting the year with conversation about growth mindset - both with students and with staff - provides an opportunity for you to revisit the topic throughout the year. You can set things up so that there are opportunities for small wins all year, chances to talk about how those wins were accomplished, build on strengths (from Gallup), and celebrate all the growth.
I agree - and to move the growth mindset from the theoretical to the practical, I always facilitated conversations focused on individual challenges and strengths, and how much we can learn from the things that are challenging for us. I would model this by sharing areas of challenge for me, and how I dealt with them. Students need to hear the message that learning is about more than getting that gold star. We can create a classroom culture of learning by deliberately helping to build a growth mindset with students. As the new year starts, our class begins a journey together, and success will not be defined by a single destination, but what we take from the journey.
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