Monday Memo
4/27/15

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    It is that time of the year....students start acting up, you are feeling burned out and the stress factor rises. What can we do about that? Well, I found an amazing book, Mindset by Carol S. Dweck, that has helped me when I just want to stop trying or not even start trying when a challenge or criticism comes into my life.

    If you would like to learn more about Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset, I have the book you can borrow.

    How do you change from fixed mindset to growth mindset?

    Step 1. Learn to hear your fixed mindset “voice.”

    As you approach a challenge, that voice might say to you “Are you sure you can do it? Maybe you don’t have the talent.” “What if you fail—you’ll be a failure” “People will laugh at you for thinking you had talent.” “If you don’t try, you can protect yourself and keep your dignity.”

    As you hit a setback, the voice might say, “This would have been a snap if you really had talent.” “You see, I told you it was a risk. Now you’ve gone and shown the world how limited you are.” “ It’s not too late to back out, make excuses, and try to regain your dignity.”

    As you face criticism, you might hear yourself say, “It’s not my fault. It was something or someone else’s fault.” You might feel yourself getting angry at the person who is giving you feedback. “Who do they think they are? I’ll put them in their place.” The other person might be giving you specific, constructive feedback, but you might be hearing them say “I’m really disappointed in you. I thought you were capable but now I see you’re not.”

    Step 2. Recognize that you have a choice.

    How you interpret challenges, setbacks, and criticism is your choice. You can interpret them in a fixed mindset or a  growth mindset.

    Step 3. Talk back to it with a growth mindset voice.

    As you approach a challenge:

    THE FIXED-MINDSET says “Are you sure you can do it? Maybe you don’t have the talent.”

    THE GROWTH-MINDSET answers, “I’m not sure I can do it now, but I think I can learn to with time and effort.”

    FIXED MINDSET: “What if you fail—you’ll be a failure”

    GROWTH MINDSET: “Most successful people had failures along the way.”

    As you hit a setback:

    FIXED MINDSET: “This would have been a snap if you really had talent.”

    GROWTH MINDSET: “That is so wrong. Basketball wasn’t easy for Michael Jordan and science wasn’t easy for Thomas Edison. They had a passion and put in tons of effort.

    As you face criticism:

    FIXED MINDSET: “It’s not my fault. It was something or someone else’s fault.”

    GROWTH MINDSET: “If I don’t take responsibility, I can’t fix it. Let me listen—however painful it is– and learn whatever I can.”

    Step 4. Take the growth mindset action.

    Over time, which voice you heed becomes pretty much your choice. Whether you

    • take on the challenge wholeheartedly,
    • learn from your setbacks and try again
    • hear the criticism and act on it is now in your hands.

    DO NOT GIVE UP!!  WE are TEAM Beach!!!!

    This Week....

    Monday: 3rd-5th Dance Practice; Chorus; Shipwreck $ due

    Tuesday: K-Kids

    Wednesday: Leader of the Month

    Thursday:

    Friday:

    Coming Up...

    Monday: 3rd-5th Dance Practice;Chorus; Shipwreck Money Due

    Tuesday: K-Kids

    Wednesday: Leader of the Month (1st, 2nd &  3rd)

    Thursday:Leader of the Month (4th, 5th & K)

    Friday: Snow Cone Day

    Reflection

    Do you spend most of your time in the fixed mindset or growth mindset?

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