February 1, 2015

FEBRUARY 1, 2015
Excerpt - Save Our Schools Speech
How many times have you heard someone exclaim “I’m just not good at math!”?
Maybe you’ve seen someone quit a task before they begin because they are
convinced they will not be successful?
For many this way of thinking becomes a self-fulfilling proficy.
“I came here today to deliver an important
Researchers have know for some time that the brain is like a muscle; that the
more you use it, the more it grows. They’ve found that neural connections form
and deepen most when we make mistakes doing difficult tasks rather than
repeatedly having success with easy one.
up. And I’m not alone. There are millions of
What this means is that our intelligence is not fixed, and the best way that we can
grow our intelligence is to embrace tasks where we might struggle and fail.
We know from research that most people adhere to one of two mindsets: fixed or
growth. Fixed mindsets mistakenly believe that people are either smart or not,
that intelligence is fixed by genes. They tend to focus their efforts on tasks where
they have a high likelihood of success and avoided tasks where they may have
to struggle, which limits their learning. People with growth mindsets correctly
believe that capability and intelligence can be grown through effort, struggle and
failure. They embrace challenges and understand that tenacity and effort can
change their learning outcomes.
As educators we can help students (and everyone else we meet) develop a
growth mindset. Small changes in our communication and comments can have
long-lasting implications for adopting a growth mindset. For instance, we can
praise someone’s process (“I really like how your struggled with that
problem.” “You must have worked hard on these problems, your improvement
shows.” “You stayed at your desk, kept up your concentration, and kept
working; that’s great.” “You’re going to learn a lot of great things by taking on
that challenging project.”) vs praising an innate trait (“You’re so smart.” “You’re
the best.”) Process praise acknowledges the effort, tenacity and grit.
When students are taught that the brain develops and gets
smarter with effort and learning, they become more motivated in
school and perform better.
For more information on Growth Mindset, engage with books, articles, videos,
etc. by Carol Dweck, John Medina, or Anders Ericsson.
LPAC Coordinators 9:00 ESC 16
G Bball @ Caprock 6:00
B Bball @ Caprock 7:30
G Bball @ Home vs Dumas 6:00
B Bball @ Home vs Dumas 7:30
G Golf @ Frenship
Tennis @ Lubbock
SnackPak4Kids (TB)
B/G Wrestling - District
G Golf @ Frenship
Tennis @ Lubbock
Counselor Mtg 1:30 HISD Admin
Special School Board Mtg 6:00
message to you: As I get older, I appreciate
more and more the teachers that I had growing
people just like me.
So the next time you’re feeling down, or
exhausted, or unappreciated, or at the end of
your rope; the next time you turn on the TV
and see yourself called “overpaid;” the next
time you encounter some simple-minded,
punitive policy that’s been driven into your life
by some corporate reformer who has literally
never taught anyone anything. … Please know
that there are millions of us behind you. You
have an army of regular people standing right
behind you, and our appreciation for what you
do is so deeply felt. We love you, we thank you
and we will always have your back.”
~Matt Damon, Save Our Schools March 7/30/2011
Hereford ISD
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