So today was a rough day for me as a teacher. My students had their first "test" and it was computerized. Now, it was not a test of material that I have taught them, but I get so nervous when my first graders have to take a test. This is so new to them and many of them do not have the concept of taking a test. We have been talking about growth mindset, but I just want them to well on the test (why- probably because it means that I have to do more RTI plans- but that just means that they can reflect more in their learning.) In Dweck's book, Mindset- The New Psychology of Success, she mentions that you have to be aware of success, because it can knock you into fixed mindset. I was when I saw there was some students that scored well. I know that I have to now push them more...
This month is not just the start of school for students, but it is the time for teachers to write their goals for themselves and their students. A colleague of mine (that moved from Language Center to Second Grade) was having a hard time in writing his SLO (Student Learning Objective) and it was stressing him terribly. After talking to him, I started to get confused a little. We decided to go to our evaluator and get her insight. She was able to explain somethings, but it was a little confusing to the other teacher. Being in this new grade is overwhelming and it was blowing his mind. I think of the other day when something small in making my ePortfolio got me upset and I told myself that I just could not do it. (I shared this with my students yesterday and they told me that I needed to think...growth mindset.)
Dweck, C. (2016). Mindset- The New Psychology of Success. New York: Ballantine Books.