As parents, educators and school leaders we try our very best to ensure that your child’s social and academic experience at Del Mar Pines School is the best possible. Your role as an active, involved, and supportive parent helps us to ensure that your child has the greatest possible opportunity to thrive. Last year, the staff of DMP began their summer professional development trainings with one fundamental question, “Am I a growth mindset person?” To explore this question our educational consultant, Mr. Chris McDuffie, introduced Carol Dweck’s seminal work, Mindset to us. It is a book that I highly recommend you read.

This summer the DMP Staff read and discussed the following two books to continue their commitment to ensuring that your child is afforded a Growth Mindset experience: Mindsets in the Classroom and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.

Dweck’s work Mindset, explains the difference between a person having a Fixed Mindset or a Growth Mindset. Her research while at Columbia University and now at Stanford University affords parents, educators, business people, students and individuals the ability to self assess and the encouragement to be more fulfilled people, students, citizens, teachers, and parents. Dweck writes:

In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort.

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.

Teaching a growth mindset ensures motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports. It enhances relationships. When you read Mindset, you’ll see how.

The two books that the DMP staff explored this summer both help to ensure that we continue to remind ourselves as professional educators that along with a high quality, rigorous education we also foster a love of learning and quality citizens. Mary Cay Ricci’s Mindset in the Classroom is a tool for teachers who are seeking protocols to ensure a culture of success and student achievement. Her transformative topics include; Why is a Differentiated, Responsive Classroom Important to a Growth Mindset Culture?; Why is Critical Thinking Important in a Growth Mindset Class Culture?; How Can Students Learn From Failure?; and Can Gifted Education and a Growth Mindset Belief Coexist?.

Sean Covey’s exciting book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens is as informative and motivational as the book written for adults. Covey reminds parents, students and teachers that in order to be happy and highly successful in the 21st Century it is critical that we foster the following traits in our students: Be Proactive; Be Goal Orientated; Be Able to Prioritize Goals; Be Able to Persevere; Be Empathetic; Be Collaborative; and Be a Life Long Learner.

Our commitment to learning, working hard, respecting others and developing the whole-child is what makes Del Mar Pines School the special and unique place that it is.