Growing a Growth Mindset
Laura Brundage, Elementary Principal
There are many ways to look at situations that arise in our lives. We can look at events as things that happen and must be endured, or we can view events as life shapers. We can choose to look at circumstances as obstacles or as opportunities. I happen to be a bright side of things thinker. Don't get me wrong, I have been through some dark times, but God made me a "cup half-full" kind of girl. So, in the end I consciously choose to look for God's work in all things. This lead me to reflect on fixed and growth mindsets.
As parents, educators, mentors, and role models we must consider what we show the children of today. People who have a growth mindset believe that your abilities and intelligence are things that can be developed through practice, hard work, determination, and motivation. Conversely, people with a fixed mindset believe either you are born with it or not; nothing can change that.
So, in light of the world we live in today we have some things to think about. Because we are molding the leaders of tomorrow, we get to help them reach their potential. They need to realize that there will be times that they will fail or make a mistake. They must not fear failure. Take that failure or mistake as a lesson and grow. Being corrected is not always fun, but what a student does with that correction can help them achieve amazing things. Giving up or accepting mediocre is easy. What children must learn is to never give up. Keep trying, keep going, keep growing!
Here's the good part...as educators we can see the potential for growth in all students. Know that while your child is at school we are helping them to see that they can learn from their mistakes, that they can take risks, for them to seek feedback,and take challenges head on. By putting forth maximum effort they can be motivated to succeed.
Romans 12:2 says "Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will."