Today was my favorite day of the school year! We revised writing, wrote quietly, filmed timelapse sequences for math, shot standups for math videos, worked on writing expressions in math and translating expressions into mathematical scenarios, evaluated the cost per gallon for tap water using Mr. Bentley’s water bill, and reviewed how we scored ourselves using Angela Duckworth’s Grit Assessment.
We also took time to watch the Duckworth video and discuss what grit really means: mental perseverance, attending to a goal long term and not giving up.
We discussed that learning and grades aren’t just a result of “being smart.” They’re the result of being willing to fail and learn from mistakes. I was so proud of the attention students gave to this film in class.
I’ve got another video I’d like you to watch at home with your child. It’s a TED talk with Carol Dweck, an expert on The Growth Mindset and involved wtih Mindset Works, an organization dedicated to promoting student motivation and learning. The growth mindset is a subject Angela Duckworth actually referenced in her TED talk.
By the way, if you haven’t checked out TED talks on Apple TV or other streaming devices, PLEASE do! They’re fantastic explorations into “ideas worth sharing” and cover a wide range of topics. And they are FREE! 🙂
Please watch Carol Dweck and discuss with your child. We’ll watch in class and discuss, too. When you’re thinking and learning about your thinking and learning, it’s called being “metacognitive.” It’s a powerful way to understand how we think and improve on those thinking skills!