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Principal’s corner on learning and growing
   The focus of this school year is all about growth. Everyone at Fiedler (adults and children) will be learning and growing. In the newsletters, I am going to share information about the growth mindset and the impact it can have on learning.
   Thanks to the research of Dr. Carol Dweck, Stanford University professor of psychology, education is going through a shift in thinking about student learning and intelligence. A person with a growth mindset believes that they can achieve at higher levels - with effort, perseverance, and resiliency.
   It is believed that learners can grow their intelligence with hard work. A person with a fixed mindset believes that intelligence is something you are born with. A person with a fixed mindset might believe that he or she has predetermined “smarts” or talents in a particular area, but not in other areas and are often afraid of failure.
   At Fiedler, the focus is on the growth mindset because everyone is a learner. One way that parents can really help their children is by carefully choosing words when you praise them. Every word sends a message to children. Parents should always praise their child’s efforts instead of praising accomplishments. The following table includes some examples. So the next time you praise your child, stop and think about how to use that opportunity to praise his or her effort instead of accomplishments.
   Find the joy in learning every day,
   Kelli Verran 

Do Not Say Do Say
You are really athletic! You really work hard and pay attention when you are on the field.
You are so smart! You work hard in school and it shows!
You always get good grades. That makes me happy.
When you put forth effort, it really shows in your grades.
You should be proud of yourself. We are proud of you.

The fourth and fifth grade students in the Kearsley School District attend Fiedler Elementary. The staff is committed to educating all children with dignity in a positive environment, and preparing children to become critical thinkers and responsible citizens.

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