Greetings, Beacon Families!
As you may know, Bookman Road is nationally recognized as a model Highly Effective Teaching Model (HET) school. The model, which focuses on how the brain learns best, includes an in depth focus on nine "Body-Brain Compatible Elements." These elements are absence of threat, enriched environment, meaningful content, mastery, collaboration, choice, immediate feedback, adequate time and movement/brain-body connection.
At Bookman Road, we are aware that "bullying" is a trending discussion at schools and within the media. In alignment with the absence of threat component of HET, research shows that the brain learns best when there are no real or perceived threats, which is why we make it a top priority for our students to feel safe at school and the use of LIFESKILLS and Lifelong Guidelines.
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During our first semester, I have been working with students in all grades to develop more of a Growth Mindset. I want our students to have strong relationships, compassion for others, success, and joy in their lives. These things are all by-products of how they see themselves and the world around them, which is otherwise known as their “Mindset”.
We spent some time in November focusing on the theme of “Gratitude”. Having an attitude of gratitude helps us focus on what we already have rather than what we lack. People who are grateful are more resilient, motivated, positive, and are better problem-solvers.
Try to take some time each week to share, as a family, what things you are thankful for in your day. Help your student zone in on detailed things instead of topics that are overly broad. For example, instead of a broad response like “I’m thankful for family”, help each member of the family come up with a specific example such as, “I’m thankful for the chocolate chip cookies mom makes during the holidays”.
Here are some great “Growth Mindset Conversation Starters” you can use at home with your family, at dinner, or in the car:
1. What did you do today that made you think hard?
2. What challenge or problem have you worked on today?
3. Can you think of something new you tried today? What was it?
4. Was there anything that made you feel stuck today? What other ways might there be to solve this?
5. What did you learn today outside of school?
6. Can you think of a mistake you made today? Great! How can you use this mistake to do better next time?
7. What would you like to become better at?
8. Did you do anything today that was easy for you?
Source: Big Life Journal
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