We have spent two weeks exploring what researchers have discovered about the brain and about what Prof. Carol Dweck has theorized about how we can grow our intelligence and realize our potential. And although every one of us can agree to growth mindset statements like “You can always substantially change how intelligent you are”, I wonder if we can walk that talk. I mean, to substantially change how intelligent I am, I have to do something, right?
And Professor Dweck makes it crystal clear that the thing I have to do is work hard and face setbacks head on.
Translation: Work hard means practicing and practicing means doing the work in class and independently; i.e. homework.
Translation: Facing setbacks means understanding that not getting it right away, revising, and redoing are all part of overcoming obstacles in our learning.
In the Mindset Survey we did in class, we all agreed that ” The harder you work at something, the better you will be at it.”
Let’s right now recognize that learning is hard. Maybe learning to learn is even harder. We need to do this together, because together we are better.
Here are some ways we might be able to support each other:
- Be leaners. Go ahead and help out the person beside you. And go ahead and accept help when it comes your way.
- Be a homework buddy.
- Use email to ask questions.
- Comment on each other’s blogs–often.
- Bring our passions into the classroom.
Now it’s your turn. In the space below, add your responses, ideas, questions, suggestions:
How do we learn to be learners?