As parents, educators and school leaders we try our very best to ensure that your child’s social and academic experience 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. The staff of DMPS began the summer professional development trainings with a fundamental and essential question, “Am I a growth mindset person?” Our new educational consultant, Mr. Chris McDuffie, introduced Carol Dweck’s seminal work, Mindset to us. It is a book that I highly recommend you read.
Dweck’s work 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 creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports. It enhances relationships. When you read Mindset, you’ll see how. As parents and educators, we all want the best for our students and children. Looking inward to identify our own strengths and weaknesses allows us to be better at meeting the individual needs of our students. At Del Mar Pines School we celebrate the individual talents, gifts and uniqueness of our students and staff. With a Growth Mindset, we may empower all of us to be better caregivers to our students and our children.
I encourage you to read Carol Dweck’s Mindset and to attend our first parent book talk on Monday, October 7th from 8:40 am to 10:30 am. Chris McDuffie and I look forward to talking with you and sharing the power of the Growth Mindset.