We had a week full of surprises! I hope you made good use of your surprise snow days and that everyone got home safely on Wednesday! And then, that you enjoyed a beautiful weekend with temps in the mid fifties! I can't keep up! :)
On Monday, my third grade group caught up on some academic work. My 2nd and 4th and 5th grade groups worked on learning about Mean Jean and reviewing strategies to defeat Mean Jean when she comes to bother our thinking. On Tuesday, all of my groups watched some really great video clips about having a growth mindset. When students have a growth mindset, they understand that intelligence can be developed. Students focus on improvement instead of worrying about how smart they are. They work hard to learn more and get smarter. Growth mindset encourages students to focus on the process and the work instead of the "smarts" or the outcome. I have posted the videos that we watched for you to watch with your child and discuss. This is a really important concept, especially for when children are frustrated or overwhelmed by learning and the learning process. It's also great for anxious kids or kiddos that tend to be a bit of a perfectionist. We will continue talking about this and I will post more videos about bite-sized pieces of this overarching concept. Thanks for your support in this! I hope you enjoy the videos--they're short and cute!