Growth Mindset Support

Praise the process and effort

  • Observe your child carefully and comment on the things that are done well. When you see an area that needs improvement, find a positive way to talk about it with your child.

Encourage "personal best"

  • Help your child by encouraging him or her to do the best in school and at home. Remember, "personal best" does not mean "perfect", and learning is not the same as high grades. Children, like adults, need the freedom to make mistakes and to learn from them.

Make learning a priority

  • Your attitude toward school attendance, education and involvement in the school makes a strong and lasting impression on your child. Show your child, by example, that learning is a priority.
  • Show interest in school work
  • Talk about school each day
    • What did you write about in writing workshop?
    • Did you have a read aloud? What did the main character do?
    • What did you read at Daily 5 today? Did you read to a partner?
    • What did you eat for lunch?
    • Did you give another classmate a compliment today?
    • Were you able to help another classmate today?
    • Ask to see classwork.
    • Have your child read aloud to you.
    • Read to, and with your child from a variety of material in your first language.
    • Encourage your child to discuss new ideas and opinions.
    • Offer suggestions for success

Help your child use the following strategies to improve performance in school:

  • Read the assignment when it is given.
  • Keep a list of new vocabulary, or try using post-it notes on their bedroom door to read before they enter, or in the kitchen for them to practice while you cook
  • Proofread assignments to catch errors before writing a final draft.
  • Review notes before an assessment.
  • Set up an area for homework away from noise and distractions.
  • Post a family calendar that schedules school project deadlines, after-school activities, and report card dates.
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