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Message from Ms. Frank
It’s hard to believe that it’s already March. The year is going by so fast!
Our new Lifeskill focus at Rheem is a very important one – OPTIMISM. Students are learning that one’s attitude and perspective can make the difference between an “awesome” day and one that isn’t so great. Optimism is a way of seeing things and expecting that good things are possible. Optimistic people make better choices, have more friends and, ultimately, are more successful. And, the really great thing about optimism is that it can be learned – but like anything else, you have to practice and choose optimism.
I recently watched a fast-paced, very entertaining TED Talk on the subject of optimism and happiness – linking these qualities to success. I encourage Rheem parents to watch this 12-minute video to learn about the power of this particular lifeskill, and why it’s an important attribute to nurture in your children. Click here to watch and enjoy!
How can parents support a growth mindset in their children?
One way parents can really help their children is by carefully choosing the words they use when they praise them. Every word and action sends a message that tells children how to think about themselves. It can be a “fixed message that says; “You have permanent traits and I’m judging them,” (either positively or negatively) or it can be a growth mindset message that says, “You are a developing person and I am interested in your development.”
Listen for the messages in the following examples:
If you’re like most parents, you hear these as supportive, esteem-boosting messages. But listen more closely. See if you can hear other messages, the ones that children hear:
The most important thing you can do to help your child instill a growth mindset is to praise them for effort rather than for talent. Messages like, “You learned that so quickly! You’re so smart!” teach the child that effort is a sign of weakness and that they are either smart or they’re not. Then, when they encounter difficulty in the future (and they will), they might not know how to deal with it. Instead, messages such as “I like the way you approached that problem,” or “It looks like your hard work really paid off,” or “I see that you have been practicing your drawing; what a great improvement! Tell me about it” teaches kids that effort is something we can all benefit from to reach our full potential, and that they need to be working purposefully in order to grow.
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Parents’ Guide to Student Success
Are you familiar with the key things your child will learn at his/her specific grade level in both English/Language Arts and Mathematics? The National PTA has published a “Parents’ Guides to Student Success” for every grade level starting with kindergarten through high school. These guides provide a comprehensive overview of Common Core academic standards as well as ideas of how parents can help at home. Click HERE for this informative guide.
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