PD: Mindsets/Classroom Community

Professional Development (PD) was held on January 9, 2013. How did our work impact your child’s learning?

If you have 2 minutes…read this:

SMS staff members:

  • reviewed the characteristics of fixed vs. growth mindsets
    • Growth:  success comes from effort; with hard work – most students can do most things; teachers can override mindsets
    • Fixed:  success comes from being smart; genetics and environment determine what a student can and cannot do
    • collaborated in small groups discussing classroom community and the importance of building relationships and effects on student learning and the brain
    • created an action plan to improve classroom community and environment while working to implement brain research and mindsets into the classroom

If you have 5 minutes…read this:

SMS staff members participated in a shared learning experience revolving around fixed vs. growth mindsets, building and supporting classroom communities, and the effects of these ideas on students’ brain.

Shared Knowledge:

  • Teachers reviewed the characteristics of fixed vs. growth mindsets, including:
    • Growth:  success comes from effort; with hard work – most students can do most things; teachers can override mindsets
    • Fixed:  success comes from being smart; genetics and environment determine what a student can and cannot do
    • Small groups of teachers collaborated together to review and discuss classroom environments and the importance of them and students’ success and achievement.  Ideas discussed included:
      • The impact of emotions on learning (positive leads to learning objectives being learned and remembered; negative leads to remembering the stressful situation, not the learning objective)
      • Teachers must develop and maintain personal relationships with the students they teach.  For most students, meaningful interaction with a teacher is a precursor for academic learning and achievement.

Action Plan:

  • After reviewing the shared knowledge portion, teachers worked independently on creating an action plan for improving one aspect of their classroom communities, with a focus on the implementation of brain science and fixed vs. growth mindsets.

Resources:

For more information about our professional development, please visit the following district website:

http://blogs.waukee.k12.ia.us/smsprofessionaldevelopment/

For more information regarding mindsets, please visit the following website:

http://mindsetonline.com/http://mindsetonline.com/

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Waukee, Iowa 50263
Phone 515.987.5161
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