All posts tagged: Carol Dweck

The Teacher is Talking: Mindsets, Part 2

By Leslie Lindsay If you recall, oh…about two weeks ago, I wrote a blurb about Carol Dweck’s Mindsets.  Specially, her ideas about “growth mindsets,” versus “fixed mindsets.”  Here’s a little graphic to refresh your memory: Well, it really  got me thinking.  Our children need reminders like these often. And I am not just referring to older students, but preschool kids, too.  I know, I know, you are thinking I am a meanie mom who cracks the whip all the time.  In fact, I am quite the opposite.  I feel kids need to have time to explore, create, and think on their own.  I also highly value education and actual-factual things.    And because I am a parent of a child with ADHD, I also know that kids need guidance and direction.  And lots of reminders.  (image source: http://slavieboy.blogspot.com/2011/06/mindsets-and-carol-dweck-live-from.html) Thus, my idea of “parenting thru the backdoor.”  It’s really quite simple.  Instead of beating my kids over the head with flashcards, I make it a game.  That’s right.  For variety sake, try hiding the flashcards around the house.  …

The Teacher is Talking: Goals…the rewards of higher Education

By Leslie Lindsay   Remember this poster from Deck the Walls, that print store that one could find in just about every mall across the country in the late 1980’s and 1990’s?  I don’t think we ever had this poster in our home, but my dad would point it out to me every time we were in that store, “And this is why you need to study hard and go to college.”    And speaking of malls… how about those kiosks that cluttered the “mall hall” with cheesy inspirational sayings?  Yep–I’m talking “Succesories” here (http://www.successories.com).  Seems they had a plaque or poster or something for everything “important” in life” success, goal-setting, teamwork, creativity…   Bear with me, I am getting to something.  Last week, we talked a little about the idea that failure may be the best antidote for success… and today, I present a little blurb about goal setting.  That’s right:  those goofy little benchmarks we give ourselves to see if we are measuring up.  Or, maybe it’s not a ‘measuring up’ thing at all–but …