Promote Growth Mindset in Students

A growth mindset is an ability to understand that your abilities can develop, you can learn new skills and challenges are an opportunity for growth rather than a roadblock. A growth mindset is paramount to the success of students not only academically but also emotionally. A child’s academic success is strongly correlated with a student’s ability to embrace a growth mindset.

Growth Mindset:Fixed Mindset:
You can develop new skillsSkills are innate
Changes drive growthAvoid challenges
Work toward progress not outcomeThreatened by others success
Failures are a learning opportunityGive up easily

The key to a growth mindset?

  1. Hard work and perseverance are key! As educators, it is important to praise the process rather than the product. Highlight strengths throughout the process and celebrate little tasks. 

Example of what you can say:

 “ I have seen you work so hard, do you see how much you have improved?”

  1. Mistakes are part of learning! It is important that students know that mistakes are part of learning and an opportunity to ask questions, practice, and improve in those skills. Mistakes help your brain grow. 

Example of how you can make mistakes positive:

– You can highlight your own failures. 

– Discuss the acronym for FAIL (First Attempt In Learning)

My Best Me curriculum or a structured curriculum that will promote making mistakes and working through them through engaging activities, inspiring stories and discussions.

  1. Not Yet!! As children go through their academic careers, they will often need to be reminded of their abilities. It is important to promote the power of “Not Yet”. It is important for students to know that some things take time instead of saying I can’t say I don’t know how to do that yet.   

I can’t ……………………………YET

I don’t understand………………YET

I’m not good at that ……………YET

It doesn’t work………………….YET

My Best Me
promotes a growth mindset in children all the way up to 12th grade.

 

The Research Behind Hope

Hope isn’t just a good feeling it also has a positive impact on your health and well being

What is Hope?
Hope is an optimistic state of mind and the belief or expectation of positive outcomes. 
Research suggests that people with high hope:

  • Exhibit optimism 
  • Have a perception of control over their own life
  • Have problem solving ability 
  • A drive to do and be better
  • High self esteem 

HOPE BUFFERS ADVERSITY:

Research has shown that hope is a psychological strength. It is linked to resilience and overall psychological well-being. (the research)

Adversely a low level of hope is highly linked to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Read more about what ACEs are and their effects on a child’s health and well-being (LINK TO BLOG)

Benefits of HOPE: (link to the research)

“My Best Me” Curriculum and HOPE

“My Best Me” curriculum promotes social-emotional skills and teaches hope. YES! Hope can be learned. Not only does our curriculum teach hope and social-emotional skills we also give you access to our Hope survey which helps you measure not only the success of the curriculum but it also helps establish a baseline and see where students are struggling. 

How to Speak to Parents about Social Emotional Learning

What is Social Emotional Learning from the perspective of a parent?

Whether you call it “Life skills” “emotional intelligence” or “Social Emotional Learning” most parents understand the importance these skills play in their child’s physical and mental health. Although parents typically agree with the skills taught in school to promote mental health, physical health, emotional regulation, problem-solving skills, etc.

Parent concerns with SEL:

  1. Parents may feel that the term Social Emotional learning is not well defined. 
  2. They may not understand the standard for social-emotional curriculum 
  3. Some parents may fear physiological profiling. Or tracking their child’s behaviors.

As an educator, it is important to realize that these concerns are valid and that our role is to educate parents and communicate. 

The term Social Emotional Learning is a relatively new term and was started in 1994 by scholars in multiple fields. Scholars specializing in child development, prevention science, and bullying prevention, came together to identify key skills and competencies for students to successfully navigate school and life. 

Here are 4 ways to speak to parents about SEL: 

1. Focus on the skills
Parents and educators may not always agree on things but typically they can agree on what skills need to be learned. When discussing social-emotional learning with parents it is best to focus on the skills being taught and promoted. 

Social Emotional Learning teaches: 

  • Social awareness
  • Responsible decision making
  • Self Management 
  • Self-awareness 
  • Relationship Skill
  • Conflict resolution
  • Life skills
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Goal Setting
  • Behavioral skills
  • Character development and education
  • Growth mindset

2. Find out what they know.
An open line of communication gives you the opportunity to ask questions. Make sure to see what parents and caregivers already know about social-emotional learning. With that information in hand, you will be better equipped to educate parents and keep them informed. You may find that parents have misconceptions of what social-emotional learning really is. Part of keeping parents on board with an SEL curriculum is keeping them in the loop and involved. 

3- Meet them where they are at
You may find that each class, school, and/or school district has a different take on SEL. This is why finding out how your students’ caregivers are feeling about SEL is very important. Then with that, you can meet them where they are at. It is important that as educators you realize what cultural influences drive your families. Make sure to keep an open line of communication where caregivers can reach out to you with any concerns. 

Remember that Social Emotional Learning does not end when your students walk out of your door and that families play a BIG role in SEL.  Our “My Best Me” understands this aspect and provides you the educator with the tools to keep that line of communication open. Through weekly printables that can be printed and set home or emailed directly. 

4. Be ready for difficult conversations
Social Emotional Learning can evoke some difficult conversations with students and with parents alike. If you ever have concerns about a student make sure to communicate those concerns with parents/caregivers. The best way to bring up these concerns is to ground your concerns in data. Extensive research has been done on social-emotional learning and therefore data is available for you as a form of support. Some social-emotional curriculums have a built-in growth tracker. For example, “My Best Me” uses our hope survey to monitor student growth and potential concerns. The information gathered through our hope survey is only given to schools and NEVER to a third party. The hope survey is done at the beginning of the year and then again at the end of the year to monitor growth. 

If you are interested in learning more about “My Best Me” schedule a demo or contact us.