This week we started to focus on our yearlong learning of a growth mindset. As a society we used to think that our intelligence was fixed, meaning we were either smart or we weren’t. Scientists have proven again and again that it is simply not true. Our brain acts like a muscle, the more we use it, the stronger and smarter our brain becomes. Here are the handouts I sent home via our newsletter.
We read, Giraffes Can’t Dance, and we discussed what Gerald was not good at. He was not good at dancing. We brainstormed a list of things we were not good at yet. Below is the brainstorm list that we came up with for what we cannot do.
Everyone then went back and wrote something that they could not do in first grade. We added something that they can do that is a prerequisite skill to help reach their goal. We discussed we can grow our brains and become good at whatever goal we set our mind to, with hard work. We also talked about how getting to our goal might be difficult, but we are learning and growing when we do that. We discussed that with hard work we will continue to grow our brains and meet our goal that we are not good at YET.
Everyone worked really hard was proud of his or her goals. We hope you enjoy them!