Growth MindsetIn a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.GRIT
West Wing School will be working to include the development of behavioral qualities. The qualities are:Optimism - the expectation that the future holds positive possibilities and the confidence that, with effort, these possibilities become likelihoods.
Being optimistic means:Believing that effort will improve your futureWhen bad things happen, thinking about what you could do to avoid similar bad outcomes in the futureStaying motivated, even when things don’t go wellZest - sometimes referred to as vitality, is an approach to life filled with excitement and energy.
Being full of Zest means:Full of life and energyApproach setbacks with enthusiasmEnergize people around youSelf-control - the capacity to regulate thoughts, feelings, or behaviors when they conflict with valued goals.
Demonstrating self-control at school looks like:Coming to office/class with everything needed to get to workRemembering and following directions rather than needing to be remindedGetting to work right away rather than procrastinatingPaying attention rather than getting distracted
Interpersonally:Remaining calm even when criticized or otherwise provoked, rather than losing one’s temperAllowing others to speak rather than interruptingBeing polite to all, as opposed to speaking harshlySelf-controlCuriosity - the search for information for its own sake. Active open-mindedness means exploring a wide range of relevant information when trying to draw a conclusion, including information that challenges our own initial assumptions.
Being curious means:Eagerness to explore new thingsAsking questions to deepen understandingTaking an active interest in learningGratitude - appreciation for the benefits we receive from others and the desire to reciprocate with our own positive actions.
Displaying gratitude looks like:Recognizing what other people do for youShowing appreciation for opportunitiesExpressing appreciation by saying thank youDoing nice things for people as a way of saying thank youSocial intelligence - refers to awareness of other people’s motives and feelings as well as using this understanding to navigate social situations appropriately.
Being Socially Intelligent looks like:Finding solutions during conflicts with othersDemonstrating respect for the feelings of othersAdapting to different social situations
Learn more about grit at Angela Duckworth’s University of Pennsylvania site, you can take a test to figure out your own or your child’s “grit” score.