The research of Dr. Carol Dweck of Stanford University forms a framework for our approach to education. She conducted a number of studies on talent and achievement and discovered that students who were praised for achievement, such as “Wow, you are so smart” versus praise for effort “Wow, you worked really hard on that” created remarkably different responses from children. Children praised for being smart or talented did not want to take risks or look like they needed to apply effort for success. Students praised for hard work were more willing to take risks and challenge themselves to take on more difficult challenges. We believe that school should be a place to learn, not show what you already know. All students need to be working on challenging material and to be encouraged to dig in to difficult work. For more information, visit http://mindsetonline.com/whatisit/about/index.html
Teachers have attended multiple trainings on Growth Mindset. During morning meetings, students discuss the concepts around Growth Mindset and have participated in assemblies to teach each other to persevere through difficulties and grow our brains every day. It is common to see displays in the halls or in classrooms that continue to send the message that if we do not know how to do something, we just do not know how to do it YET.
Students are praised for not giving up, working hard, and persevering through challenges. Students will be honored at quarterly assemblies for growth, effort and perseverance. Students are selected each day to lead the school in the Pledge of Allegiance based on effort in their classroom.