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Having a Growth Mindset in Project-Based Learning

Having a Growth Mindset in Project-Based Learning In Carol Dweck’s book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (public library), she focuses on a success model that promotes a growth mindset as opposed to a fixed mindset.

First, most of us recognize a “fixed mindset” as an assumption that our character, intelligence, and creative ability are “fixed” which we can’t change in any meaningful way. In this mindset, those individuals believe that their success is caused by that “already fixed” intelligence, and nothing can change it. So, they end up with an “I can’t” attitude.

A “growth mindset,” on the other hand, thrives on challenge and sees failure as a springboard for growth and for stretching our abilities. This is the “I can” attitude!

We need our students to have the growth mindset at an early age. Encouraging this kind of positive thinking that our intelligence is not fixed spurs us to learn more and to be able to have the confidence to solve problems, ask questions, reflect and evaluate our activities.

In other words, we must encourage the growth mindset so that our students will be successful with Project-Based Learning!

When your child or student says to you, “I can’t,” give them a little encouragement to try again and accept the challenge of the task or problem. You will be giving them an important life lesson!

Make it a great week!


High Fives and District News......

Diet and nutrition impact a child's ability to learn. School meals play a critical role in the educational process. Chester County School District wants to give kids a say in what they want to see in their school cafeterias. Today, select students at Chester Middle School sampled some hot wings to see if the wings were menu worthy! The wings were definitely a hit! It sounds like the wings will be making a debut in all of our middle and high school cafeterias soon!

Throughout September-November, high schools across the state will host College Application Day events to assist students with the college application process. The goal of College Application Month is to provide an opportunity for all Chester County School District Seniors to apply to at least one college or university. College & University Admission Counselor’s, School Counselors, and Volunteers will be available to assist students with the application process. Many colleges and Universities will also have fee waivers on these designated days. Each High School’s College Application Day and time information is below. For more information please contact your High School Guidance personnel.

Great Falls High School – September 29th - 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Lewisville High School – September 30th – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Chester High School – October 6th – 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Don't Forget !! This Friday, September 30 is an early release A day! Please check with your child's school for dismissal times.