As the Olymipics are wrapping up, it has been a great time to reflect on the process of achieving dreams. We all want our students to “dream big,” but at the same time, are we equipping them with the skills they need to manage the process, overcome setbacks, and reward themselves when they reach their goals? This is yet another opportunity for educators to focus on process over product as our students will venture far and wide, but their ability to manage their goals is a universal skill. Continue to read as I discuss how we, as educators, can provide opportunities and support for students as they pursue their passions and dreams! This first post centers on how we help students establish strong goals!
Feedback has been shown to be a key element in student growth models. But how do we implement it so that this actually happens?
We hear it from the very beginning of our lives.... “No one is perfect.” When you really think about it, this phrase could elicit a level motivation or an impression of defeat. How we process this information will ultimately affect our outlook on challenges in the future. If you see these chances as an opportunity, you are bound to push through adversity to achieve wonderful results. Where as, if you see this as an excuse, it will be a perpetual roadblock for success. The first thing we need to consider is adopting a growth mindset. Our abilities are not predetermined, our future is not set in stone. We have the power to make a difference and a little setback is just an opportunity to learn. Whether our students have this approach to challenges or not, we must unlock their willingness to be resilient and feedback is the key to empowering them to push forward. Read on to see how I use feedback in my classroom to help students leap over the hurdle of a fixed mindset and pursue challenging endeavors with fearlessness.