Dear Olympic View Families,
Growth Mind Set and Perseverance
Olympic View is building a culture of Growth Mind Set and Perseverance! Growth Mind Set states that, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities (Dweck, 2016). Perseverance is doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
At Olympic View, we are teaching our Scholars strategies to help foster a “Growth Mind Set” and persevere through challenges.
-Praising Scholars for effort and persistence
-Refraining from using praise such as “You are so smart!” Rather we point out specifically what they are doing. Examples of SPECIFIC praise include;
---“You wrote nonstop through the entire writing period. I appreciate your hard work.”
---"You have been trying so hard to learn those new words and now you are able to read the whole story!"
---"Since you have been doing all your math homework, you have brought up your grade!"
-When tasks are too easy, we offer more challenges and offer ways to persevere through.
These are areas where you can help your child as well. By offering authentic praise for your child rather than focusing on intelligence, we can build confidence in all of our Olympic View Scholars.
At the end of January, the school year will be at the halfway point with report cards coming out in early February and Scholar-led Conferences in early March. If you feel that a conference is necessary in the next several weeks, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher directly. We value parent/family voice and the partnerships we are building.
In closing I , again, thank you for entrusting the OLV staff with your most precious treasure…your child; an Olympic View Student Scholar. Often I make school-wide announcements during our morning routine or on the intercom. Recently I have been challenging our scholars to “never give up “and to work at reading at home on Early Release days and the weekend. Often times I ask them how they are going to be respectful and responsible over the weekend, however, these announcements serve a specific and singular purpose; to ensure that they have a Voice, a Dream and BRIGHT future.
Honored Principal of the OLV Family