Lanigan Elementary School has served up understanding and reinforcement of a growth mindset at home during its initial Learning Cafés of the 2017-18 school year.
Family members or those who have supported students were invited to join Lanigan students for lunch at the cafés before students dispersed for recess as the adults received learning target information from Principal Jeff Hendrickson, School-Home Liaison Tammy Sheldon and Instructional Coach Jennifer Reese.
Hendrickson stressed the importance of a growth mindset, where the focus on accolades shift from achievement to effort.
The transition, he said, is to better support and encourage students.
An effort-based example, he said, is for students to recognize that “I’m good at math because I work hard;” not “I’m good at math because I got a perfect score.”
Hendrickson said the whole idea is to look at effort to see what was missed and reflect on that.
“It’s teaching that failure is OK and to pick yourself up,” he said.
Growth mindsets help children learn from their mistakes, become motivated to succeed, show increased effort, take challenges head on, take risks, seek feedback, learn more and learn faster.
The growth mindset is an extension of the learning shift already in place at Lanigan.
Hendrickson said it all relates to goals that are SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely.
Students have taken a hold on their own learning with goal setting, use of data binders and the planning of student-led conferences in the spring.
Additional learning cafés for families of students in grades kindergarten through six will occur each quarter of the school year.
There will be no cost for parent lunches and door prizes will be awarded for participating parents.