Thursday, 30 January 2014

Growth Mindset - Talk It

This month's character trait of Optimism fits in with our Growth Mindset goal for March.

For our "Talk It" component of Growth Mindset, teachers can create positive, growth mindset-type anchor charts for student self-talk.  The following is a sample chart that you could use for reference when creating one for your own class:

Developed by Fieldcrest Elementary School teachers

Asking the students to think of things that "slow them down" when they're learning is a good way to get the discussion going.  What voices (and possibly, whose voices) say negative things that make them question their abilities?  What could we say to these voices?  How could we look at things a different way?

29 comments:

  1. This is great! Thank you for sharing Stephanie. I would love to use this as a reference for my class. Is that ok with you? So important to build capacity in our students to benefit their mindset and mental health.

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    1. Absolutely! Thanks for your positive comments - it's incredible how much this has changed the learning perspective for my students. :)

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    2. Hi Stephanie, loved your poster.I would love if you can please suggest what other 'activities' we can involve our students in, to inculcate this quality.

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  2. We shared this across our district - a great resource, thanks.

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    1. That's great! Glad it could be useful :) what district are you with?

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  3. This is fantastic! I can imagine when your students are grown up. What a wonderful world full of people who are not only kind to each other but also kind to themselves. I've just stopped teaching to take care of our baby full time so I'll be using this with him first :) then later on with my students. Thank you for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks so much for your positive comments :) I love that you'll start the lessons at home! All the best :)

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  4. This is wonderful! Can we use this picture as part of our blog post on developing a positive classroom community? We would be sure to link back!

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  5. I LOVE this! Thank you so much. I would especially love a professionally-made version--Are there any plans to have one made? I'm positive you'd sell a lot of them! Thanks.

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    1. Thank you! I've been thinking of doing that for my classroom, but hadn't considered producing it for others - I think I'll do that this summer. I'll post the link on here once it's done!

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  6. Stephanie,
    I am not sure if you received my last comment. I love this and I am working on a presentation on growth mindset and I would love to use this.
    I also work with someone to create motivational posters. I would love to use this information to do that. Please contact me directly asoclof@Parentingsimply.com

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  7. Hi Stephanie - I think this poster is absolutely fantastic! I'm writing a post about how to encourage young children to think optimistically and would love to use this image in my post to refer to. The post goes live this Wednesday the 20th. I would like to display the image with a link back to this site. Would that be okay? Thanks so much, Sue

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    1. Hi Sue! That would be great - I'd be honoured to have you share this poster. We're going to make sure that this is a focus in our classrooms from the beginning of the year. Thanks for including it! :)

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  8. Hi Stephanie!
    This is a great resource! I am excited about the huge benefit it will be for students in my math classroom this year. Could I use it?

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    1. Hi Bee! Absolutely, you can use this resource! Thanks for asking :) We'll be updating this blog over the upcoming school year with some new ideas, as well, so stay tuned!

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    2. Thanks Stephanie! I certainly plan to visit this site often. Keep up the good work!

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  9. This is awesome! Thank you for sharing--definitely PINNED! :)

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  10. May I use your poster in the classrooms in our school? I will certianly give you credit! Thank you! Colleen Bonar

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    1. Hi Colleen! You can certainly use it :) It's made a huge difference with my students :)

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  11. Hello, I am a French teacher and I love your blog :-). Do you allow me to translate those sentences into French ? I would like to publish them on my own blog and share them with other teachers. I will mention you as the original author of course ! Many thanks in advance :-). Caroline
    www.apprendreaeduquer.fr

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    1. Bonjour, Caroline! Yes, you can certainly translate it into French! If you'd like to link your blog post back to this one, I'd be grateful! Thank you :)

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  12. I would love to use this with my ELL KIDS may I ?

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    1. Absolutely, Celia! I hope it benefits them!

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  13. Thank you so much. I am going to write this up for my son and daughter. My son has low confidence and my daughter has ADHD and oftens struggles with not thinking she is good enough, if this helps just a little bit I will be forever grateful 😊

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  14. This is going up in my 8th grade classroom - science- ASAP! Thank you for sharing!

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  15. Thanks a lot Stephanie. I am going to use this with students and also share it with my friends!

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  16. Thank you Stephanie for this amazing resource! I will be using it in my classroom.

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