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With a bright and shiny new year ahead, many teachers and students are ready to try something different. But with so many ideas out there, it can be tough to pick one area of focus. If you’re reading this post, you understand and believe in the power of the growth mindset. However, did you know that the growth mindset belief, that we can develop our intellectual abilities over time, is not enough? Something equally as important as believing you can improve is knowing how to do so.
We are excited to announce that Mindset Works® will be hosting a GEM® Community Chat 2-Part Series on Monday, October 21 and 28 at 4-5PM PST / 7-8PM EST. Dr. Kendra Coates, author of Growing Early MindsetsⓇ (GEM), will be leading these sessions live!
When my sister and I decided our next album of classroom songs should cover Growth Mindset, we knew we'd found a timely, important subject and we hoped our music would help kids learn new skills. Little did we know that the process of creating the album would teach us as well!
For the past 26 years, I have collected, hoarded, stored, and displayed every item I deemed crucial for teaching kindergarten. In this newspaper clipping from April 2012, you can get an idea of my Kindergarten Kaleidoscope. You’ll notice action and color. My old belief was “Keep Them Busy and Keep Them Awake!” I nailed it. NAILED. IT.
Most of us pay close attention to how our body feels. We visit the doctor when we're sick and alter our diet when we react negatively to certain foods. But, how many of us pay attention to our mental well-being? The mind works in a similar way to the body, thriving off of healthy choices and struggling under stress.