Sunday, February 4, 2018

January 2018 in Review

We kicked off the return from vacation with a funny week that included a "cold day" and several delayed starts - but then we quickly jumped into several new units and routines. 
First off, January brought in reviewing Growth Mindset and setting New Year's Resolutions. If you haven't seen our post on Growth Mindset - read it here.

Of course, throughout the month we also explored within each subject area with lots of varied learning opportunities.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Growth Mindset in the New Year

As we returned from the winter break this month it has been a great time to revisit the concept of "Growth Mindset."

We first started exploring the term "Growth Mindset" this fall when we began the new school year. Growth Mindset involves the concept of understanding that our brains are actually "elastic" and can change, grow, and become stronger. When we practice a new skill we help the pathways of our brains become stronger and more plentiful - thus we are growing our brains. Mistake making is a key part of this process, as our brains actually learn more when we make mistakes.

In our classroom this year we have practiced thinking about how to have a Growth Mindset. We've listed out key phrases you might say if you have a Growth Mindset when you need to work on a hard problem or with a new learning idea. We've also talked about using the phrase "not yet" when something isn't currently mastered or solved.


Over the course of the year the class has been learning about different "Habits of Learning" which add to growth mindset. So far the four we've learned about are: Persist, Think Flexibly, Engage, and Have Empathy. Each time we learn a new Habit we explore it through read aloud, discussions, and even short videos. 


January 2018 in Review

We kicked off the return from vacation with a funny week that included a "cold day" and several delayed starts - but then we quic...