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Welcome to Grades 8 and 9.
To be successful this year you need to consider the following expectations.
1. Please attend class. You cannot learn if you are not here. Regular attendance will underpin your success.
2. Use your learning time in the class wisely. Take the required notes and keep them organized in your key-tabs. Complete the assigned work and submit it for assessment on the due date.
3. Have a growth mindset. Don't avoid tasks that are difficult. Take on the challenge. Exercise your brain.
What is a Growth Mindset?
Every so often a truly groundbreaking idea comes along. This is one.
- How brains and talent don’t bring success
- How they can stand in the way of it
- Why praising brains and talent doesn’t foster self-esteem and accomplishment, but jeopardizes them
- How teaching a simple idea about the brain raises grades and productivity
Throughout the school year, I will be working with your child to develop a growth mindset.
A growth mindset is a concept developed by Carol Dweck, a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. It is the belief that a person’s abilities and intelligence can be developed through practice, hard work, dedication and motivation.
A fixed mindset is the notion that intelligence and talent alone will lead to success. People with a fixed mindset believe these things are “fixed” and cannot be developed or improved upon. They believe that you are either born with it or not, and nothing can change that.
Why is having a growth mindset important?
Research has shown
Children with a fixed mindset are more likely to:
- Fear failure
- Give up on tasks they feel are too difficult
- Ignore feedback
- Avoid challenges
- Feel threatened by the success of others.
- Learn from their mistakes
- Be motivated to succeed
- Put forth more effort
- Take challenges head on
- Take risks
- Seek feedback
- Learn more
- Learn faster
These statements describe a Homework System out of balance and a Homework System in balance.
Where are you?
Homework System OUT of Balance
Provide excused about assignments such as it was lost, I have no homework, the dog ate it.
Wait until the last moment to get started.
Listen to reminders, lectures, reprimands from parents and teachers.
Do the work in a busy environment where it attracts maximum attention.
Pretend not to understand it so parents will get involved.
Rush through it or do it carelessly to get it over with.
Blame parents and teachers for poor grades.
Makes frequent inquiries about assignments.
Reminds them to do their homework.
Asks if the work is done.
Make extra trips to school to pick up books or assignments.
Help out by doing some of the work.
Lecture or punish for not doing the work.
Feel responsible for their child’s failures.
Give frequent reminders to do the lesson.
Lecture, persuade, or coerce student to do work.
Provide deadline extensions and extra credit and makeup opportunities.
Make the work easier in hopes it will get done.
Ask parents to become more involved.
Provide special rewards for completed work.
Feel responsible for child’s failures.
Homework System IN Balance
Keep track of books and assignments.
Start on time and allow time to finish.
Do his/her own work with only limited assistance.
Turn the work in on time.
Accept responsibility for grades or other consequences.
Establish a regular time for homework.
Establish a regular place for homework.
Provide necessary materials and supplies.
Provide limited instruction and assistance.
Establish logical consequences for noncompliance and follow through.
Provide deadlines and logical consequences.
Provide feedback regarding work returned.