All of the readings have made me think a lot about my students that I have had in the past and the ones that I will be getting in my class this coming year. I would like to get a couple of the students that teachers would call "struggling" and have a couple of growth mindset classes with them. I will have to ask my administrators about this. I plan on implementing in different aspects of growth mindset in my class this year.
The message of "yet" has been talked between Math teachers a couple of years ago. I made a sign that said "Power of Yet" with "I am there" (green cup), "I am almost there" (yellow cup), and "I am not there yet" (red cup.) After reading and listening to Carol Dweck's video, I don't think that this is the "Power of Yet." I understand that instead of failing to understand a concept, the teacher should make the student realize that they are not "yet" and the complete understanding of the concept. When things are not finished, like a difficult puzzle, they are just not "yet" there.
I am a child who went to a school for learning disabilities. My mom even went to "Learning Disabilities Support Group." I just wonder if they were able to guide parents in supporting their children in the growth mindset idea (this would of been in the 1980s/ I am not able to ask her, because she has passed.)
I know that adopting the growth mindset would make me think about about feedback and guidance that is there for support to better myself. I think about all the evaluations or walk-throughs I get from my principal/ VP and sometimes I don't want to even see them, because I think I must of not done a good job. With a growth mindset, I can look at the comments and see if one of their suggestions would help my classroom. As for giving feedback to students, I know that need to start getting new praise phrases that goes toward their effort, strategy and process. It also goes even more than words and that is rewards. Right now, I am a first grade teacher that teaches math and science and I have a co-teacher that teaches the Reading/ Writing and Social Studies. I sometimes think that I need to give rewards, because she does. I do agree with Alfie Kohn (not related to me) that "what kids actually need from us is unconditional support." First grade is the first time the students have grades in their career. When I give the students projects to do in the class, I am able to see if they are understanding the concept. If they don't, I have them try again. I will start saying to the students- "not yet" but you are getting there. I think that I will have to not only teach the parents about how the preoccupation with grades is not helpful as their child is going to be "learning" about growth mindset.
I have enjoyed Carol Dweck's book and she has given me more details on what Growth Mindset is. I look forward in finishing the book. I have used Class Dojo and I know they have cute videos for growth mindset. I might look at the videos again (I did not use this program much this year.) This past year, I used Seesaw as a digital portfolio. They have different activities in their library that I might use this year. There is a way for the students to watch and comment on what their fellow classmates have done in Seesaw... I could train them in "growth mindset" phrases.
Dweck, C. (2016). Mindset- The New Psychology of Success. New York: Ballantine Books.
Kohn, A. The "Mindset" Mindset. (2018, June 08). Retrieved from http://www.alfiekohn.org/article/mindset