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Does your child know their brains need exercise just like their bodies for learning?

 Teach your child how their brains work. According to many researchers, children start to develop a growth mindset just from learning about how their brain works and grows. Once they understand that their brain physically grows connections as they practice and learn new skills and concepts, they get excited about the learning process and feel less worried about making mistakes. Once children learn that the connections between neurons strengthen the more we practice a skill, the more they understand how…

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Do you know how to teach a growth mindset?

For children with a fixed mindset, the classroom can be a scary place. They see school as the place where their abilities are evaluated, not as a place where their abilities are developed. Their goal in school tends to be to show that they are smart or at least to avoid looking dumb. For them, mistakes are a sign that they lack talent. For children with a growth mindset, the classroom is a more exciting and less judgmental place. They…

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Are mistakes needed for learning?

Making mistakes can lead to children experiencing feelings of guilt, shame, and embarrassment which, in turn, can create an underlying belief system of unworthiness – destroying self-esteem and self-confidence. As educators, we have many opportunities to teach children how to manage mistakes so they can learn how to take responsibility for them, learn from them, and let them go, thus, turning those negative belief systems into empowering ones. The following are some simple steps we can all use to support…

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