Have you found some days difficult whilst we’ve been away from school? Are there some days when it’s hard to get motivated? I would answer yes to both of those questions. At those times, when I’ve found things tricky and I’ve not wanted to get going, I’ve remembered the things we’ve talked about in the past about having a growth mindset:
- Our ability to succeed can change, it can get stronger or weaker depending on how much effort we are willing to apply.
- The more effort we apply to a task, the better we will become.
- Our brain is a muscle that get’s stronger with use and when we learn the neurons in our brain grow more connections.
- The more we practise, the better we get at tasks; this might be drawing, playing football, learning our times tables, reading or knitting!
- When we have a growth mindset, we believe we can change and improve.
- A growth mindset means that after a tough day, we get back up and try again.
I am so proud of everyone at SDS and I know how hard everyone is working. Please keep going and if you’ve had a tough day, remember we can start again tomorrow. Keep practising and keep learning and most importantly feel proud of your own achievements!!!
Take care and we’ll chat again tomorrow.
Download the article, You Can Grow Your Intelligence and read it out loud or have your older children read this by themselves and discuss the ideas about brain function. Lead them to understand that the brain is like a muscle that gets stronger with use and that learning prompts neurons in the brain to grow new connections.
Teach your kids that they can improve their IQ and talents. Present the evidence and teach them that education is something that have control over.
Just as a baby isn’t born talking but learns over time, they don’t know everything but can learn over time with work.
Teach them that people with a growth mindset believe that they can learn, change, and develop needed skills. They are better equipped to handle inevitable setbacks, and know that hard work can help them accomplish their goals.