What is our focus?
Our question is: How can we support our students to develop a growth mindset towards their learning and show resiliency when faced with adversity and struggle.
How did we determine our focus and what did we learn from listening to our students?
From the beginning of the 2016/2017 school year, staff used an inquiry lens when looking at student successes and challenges. Through the school year at staff meetings, ProD, and through spontaneous conversations, staff shared their observations and questions about their students. Staff looked for common themes and questions. From there staff came up with one single topic and, from it, a question. The topic being resiliency in our students and the question, how can we promote the development of a growth mindset in our students. Staff time and time again perceived an increase in the number of students who displayed worry and anxiety when it came to completing schoolwork, taking tests or facing adversity and challenge. The perceived increase in anxiety and worry in students has concerned staff to the point that they wonder how they can help students to become more resilient. How can staff help students to move from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset?
Fixed Mindset - An individual with a fixed mindset believes that they cannot improve or learn a certain quality about themselves. Such areas at school could include an academic area, speaking ability or interpersonal skill. Individuals with a fixed mindset often believe their skill or ability is something they are born with and cannot be nurtured.
Growth Mindset - An individual with a growth mindset believes that, although they may not be able to something yet, over time with practice and experience they can develop a skill or ability.
Our Learning & Actions for 2017-18
What will we do to enhance our students’ learning?
-Staff will learn what a fixed and growth mindset are, and how to promote and create a growth mindset in Maple Lane students.
-Staff will share with students the definitions and differences of a growth mindset and a fixed mindset.
-Staff will promote a Growth Mindset often in the classroom. They will work terms and definitions into classroom lessons and during individual feedback as often as possible
-Staff will focus on providing targeted constructive feedback on effort rather than ability or outcome.
-Staff will focus on providing Formative Assessment as students are learning, that students can act upon immediately. Staff will help students understand that constructive criticism does not limit them, rather it enables them to act and improve.
What are some specific actions we are considering taking?
-Staff will read Carol Dweck’s book, Mindset, over the summer and in the beginning months of the 2017/2018 school year.
-Books on Growth Mindset and Resiliency will be purchased for the Staff Library, including, Mindsets in the Classroom, A Mindset for Learning, Ready to use Resources for Mindsets in the Classroom, Mathmatical Mindsets.
-Creating a picture book library to promote Growth Mindset
What will we focus on in our professional learning to support our students’ learning?
-Staff commitment to reading Carol Dweck’s book.
-Creation of a Staff Library Collection on Mindset
-Dedicate parts of 3 of our 6 ProD Days in the 2017-2018 school year to focus on learning about a Growth Mindset and how we can promote and teach it to Maple Lane students
-Creation of a Study Group that meets once a month to share books and articles about Growth Mindset