Below is the link to an interesting article about Metacognition. It discusses how to help your child examine situations in a different way, so they might find a solution. It links well with Growth Mindset and also helps reduce Negative Self-Talk.
Metacognition: How Thinking About Thinking Can Help Kids
Here is also an article about Growth Mindset!
The Science behind Growth Mindset
On Wednesday, March 2, the Fox Hill Students earned their first All School Reward. They were given free choice as to where they wanted to sit in the cafeteria. As a school, we collectively earned 60 certificates for “Being the One: Being Kind, Responsible, Safe and Respectful.” Some of the certificates were earned for walking safely and respectfully through the school, for being responsible audience members, for showing respect through first time listening, and for many, many other reasons. We will start working toward our next all school reward, so make sure to watch the progress as we post the new certificates in the front foyer!
Moomintrolls! Moomintrolls! Moomintrolls!
Moomintrolls. Moomintrolls. Moomintrolls. Say that three times fast!
What are these curious creatures? Where do they come from? Join local Moomin expert Sally Cragin to learn all about these delightful Finnish characters and create your own Moomin-crafts to take home.
For children ages 5 and up and their families.
admission $5 for children | FREE for SCC members
This program is made possible by a donation in memory of Ruth Williams. Ruth, originally from Canterbury, England, emigrated to Boston as a Fulbright Scholar, rare for her time. She went on to receive her MA and Ph.D. at Boston University. At The Park School in Brookline she taught lower school until she was appointed permanent Fourth Grade Teacher and Division Head of the Middle School. She was beloved by students and parents and fellow teachers — for her chipper manner, ready wit, and brilliant, surprising teaching styles.
- Saturday, March 26, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EDT)
- Scandinavian Cultural Center – 206 Waltham Street , MA 02465 – View Map
Thursday, November 19, 2015: ““Finding Balance in a Stressful World” (Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, Stress Reduction)
This workshop will provide an introduction to mindfulness and positive psychology. You will have a chance to try out different practices to see what might work best for you and your family in an effort to work toward living in the present and reducing stress.
This month, our school has introduced the idea of a “Growth Mindset” vs. a “Fixed Mindset.” A fixed mindset is one where we believe that our personality, character, talent, abilities, and intelligence are fixed. We are either smart, or not smart. We are either talented at something (sports, music, arts & crafts, etc.,) or we aren’t. The world is made of some gifted people, whom the rest admire from the outside. In the fixed mindset world, every little success validates us as a person and every small failure or mistake tears us down — in the end, leading to taking less risks in life because of the fear of failure.
On the other hand, a Growth Mindset is where we believe that everything about a person can be developed through dedication and hard work. Through resilience and motivation, anyone can grow and be anything they want to be. For example, there are no “geniuses”, only hard-working students who have chosen to push themselves further than what is expected. Mistakes and failures do not tear us down, they are treated as opportunities for further improvement. A growth mindset allows us to constantly grow and improve as well as to understand that we can turn ourselves into a person we admire if we are really as passionate about it as they are and willing to put in the effort.
Here at Fox Hill, as part of “being the one,” we are focused to teach that whichever mindset we choose to embrace, our view of the world and every decision that we make is impacted. The bulletin board the counselors created is a bulletin board to support students’ understanding of what Growth and Fixed Mindset and provides students with alternative sentences to say to exhibit a Growth Mindset in school.
“CHANGE YOUR WORDS, CHANGE YOUR MINDSET”
- I’M NOT GOOD AT THIS. THIS IS TOO HARD WHAT AM I MISSING? WHAT DO I NOT UNDERSTAND?
- THIS WILL TAKE FOREVER. LET ME TRY THE FIRST ONE
- I’M SO SMART I’M ON THE RIGHT TRACK
- I MESSED UP MISTAKES HELP ME TO LEARN
- I’LL NEVER BE THAT SMART I’LL PRACTICE SO I CAN LEARN TO DO THIS
- WHY CAN THEY DO IT BETTER THAN ME? IF I KEEP PRACTICING I’LL GET BETTER/I WILL LEARN FROM THEM
- PLAN A DIDN’T WORK THERE IS ALWAYS PLAN B OR C OR D….
- IT’S GOOD ENOUGH IS THIS REALLY MY BEST WORK?