A warm welcome again to all the new students and families, as well as all staff, returning students and returning families.
The holidays allow us time to reflect, relax, catch up with family and friends and recharge ourselves, so that we can meet the challenges of the year ahead. I had the opportunity during these holidays to travel this great land and relax, reading various books.
I’d like to share some thoughts with you from one of these books, which was written by Mary Cay Ricci, titled Mindsets in the Classroom. The book examines two types of mindsets people can have, a ‘fixed mindset’ or a ‘growth mindset’ and the impact this can have on a student’s success.
A fixed mindset is a belief system that suggests that a person has a predetermined amount of intelligence, skills or talents. Whereas, a growth mindset is a belief system that suggests that one’s intelligence and/or talents can be grown or developed with persistence, effort and a focus on learning. (Ricci, 2017)
When students have a growth mindset and believe that dedication and hard work can change their performance in school, they grow to become resilient, successful students.
One way that parents can really help their children is by carefully choosing the words they use when they praise them. Every word parents say and action they perform sends a message to their children. These words and actions tell children how to think about themselves. Parents are encouraged to always praise their child’s efforts instead of praising accomplishments.
The following table includes some examples:
|Do Not Say||Do Say|
|You are really athletic!||You really work hard and pay attention when you are on that field!|
|You are so smart!||You work hard in school and it shows!|
|Your drawing is wonderful: you are my little artist.||I can see you have been practicing your drawing; what a great improvement!|
|You are a great swimmer. You could be the next Ian Thorpe.||Keep practicing, and you will see great results!|
|You always get good grades; that makes me happy.||When you put forth effort, it really shows in your grades. You should be so proud of yourself. We are proud of you!|
So next time you are ready to praise your child, stop and think about how to use that opportunity to praise his or her efforts instead of accomplishments. Ricci, M. C. (2017). Mindsets in the Classroom. US: Prufrock Press Inc.
eSmart Parent Seminar
Remember to save the date and attend the parent seminar and launch of the eSmart program on Thursday, 22nd February from 6:45 pm to 8:30 pm. Susan McLean, a distinguished presenter, will be our guest speaker. Click here for more information.
Please partner with us as we continue “transforming lives by the proclamation of the gospel and the delivery of an excellent, Christian education; accessible to the whole community” (WCCS vision statement).
In His service,
Deputy Principal Administration
(On behalf of the High School Deputies)