Hello Faculty and Staff!
Chapter Six, What Messages Should Parents Hear About Mindset?, is fascinating. I acknowledge that students at Cross Creek are in high school and that many parents are beginning to step back in the role of "teacher." I also understand that, for various reasons, some educators are reluctant to look at growth/fixed mindset as research-based information. In a way, the research provided by Dweck and others are only confirming what teachers already know: hard work, practice, and attitude about facing challenges can make the difference for our students! From the most engaged high flyers to those students who struggle with basic organizational skills, there is room to improve.
Instructions for both Veteran and Beginning Teachers:
Read Chapter Six. Being a pragmatist, I am combining the ideas put forth in Chapter Six with the realities of early college life. Your assignment for this chapter will become the basis for a document that parents who attend common parent conferences will receive at the end of the meeting. I think "sharing" information rather than "telling" parents, especially for parents whose child is struggling, about mindset is worth the effort. You are welcome to be inspired by the sample newsletter(s) in Appendix B, but please make it specific to you and your discipline (science, mathematics, social studies, language arts, foreign language, ACR, etc.) For the administrators, please write your newsletter blurb with a school-wide comprehensive approach. Your newsletter submission's length should be a minimum of one fantastic paragraph to a maximum of three (equally awesome!) I have a 25.00 gift card for the winning newsletter submission! Remember, there are still cut-off limits . . .
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In this hybrid book study teachers will earn a total of 12 hours (1.2 ceu's) for reading each chapter, responding to discussion prompts online, and sharing application of ideas. You will be given no later than (NLT) dates for completing chapters.