New Year, New Mindset – Part 1

Did you know that out of the 45% of Americans who actually make New Year’s resolutions, only 8% find themselves successful in achieving their goals? How can such a large amount of people who start off so fervent in their new declarations lose their determination to see their decisions through?

I believe it has more to do with the mindset than with the statement. The right mindset matters when setbacks are experienced, when the inevitable failure happens, and when victory takes longer than expected. Having the right mindset means you don’t just deal with these negatives, you expect and make the most of them!

A mother of one of my students told me once how she witnessed her daughter struggling through a challenging math problem at home. As she tried to calm her instinctual motherly nature to swoop in and rescue her daughter from possible failure, she was shocked to see not one ounce of discouragement on her daughter’s face. Instead, she watched as her daughter smiled and reminded herself that challenges help her grow and making mistakes is part of the process. She welcomed the chance to struggle, because it meant more to her than immediately reaching the correct answer.

How many of us can honestly admit that we’ve given up on our commitment to our resolutions when we are faced with difficulties? I know I have!

I can’t ask my students to consistently push themselves beyond their limits without also reassuring them of the safety of a growth mindset.

This attitude requires them to take risks, learn from mistakes, ask for help, and value the rugged demands of learning.

Whether your resolution is to lose weight, read one book a month, or participate in more Twitter chats, I hope that you will also resolve to implement a growth mindset in your class.

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to post concrete ways that you can create a growth minded classroom, including:

You can get your classroom resolutions on the right track by joining me and teachers around the country in a resolution-focused Twitter chat: #FLMakeItCount on Thursday, January 5th at 7:00 PM, EST.

I hope to chat with you soon!

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