Please read the following invitation to an important meeting we are planning for
Wednesday 26th August
6.30pm to 7.30pm
A reminder that we need your questions so that we can incorporate and answer these leading up to and on the night. No question is too short or too basic and all feedback is appreciated.
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Thank you very much everyone!
Today Mr Greg Mitchell spent the day at St Emilie’s in our specialist classrooms and then after school with staff to share some valuable professional development.
One of the many interesting ideas we explored was the importance of supporting children (and ourselves as adults) to develop a GROWTH mindset.
Research shows that a student’s belief about their intelligence plays an important role in their school achievement, and that parents and teachers can positively influence the development of these beliefs.
Students who believe their intelligence is simply a fixed trait fare more poorly, especially as school becomes more challenging, than students who believe their intellectual abilities can grow. When students are taught the growth-oriented view—they show an increase in their enjoyment of learning and in their grades.
What can parents do?
Praise the process – children’s effort or strategies—creates eagerness for challenges, persistence in the face of difficulty, and enhanced performance.
Next time you are tempted to tell your child that he or she is the next Einstein or future Picasso, stop yourself. Instead, take the time to appreciate the effort they put into their work, not what the work means about their innate brains or talent.
Ask them how they went about something and show them how you appreciate their choices, their thinking process, or their persistence.
Ask them about strategies that didn’t work and what they learned from them.
When they make mistakes, use these mistakes as an opportunity for teaching them to come up with new strategies.
When they do something quickly, easily, and perfectly, do not tell them how great they are. Tell them, “I’m sorry I wasted your time on something too easy for you. Let’s do something more challenging that you can learn from.”
Look for ways to convey your valuing of effort, perseverance, and learning—rather than some empty display of ability. Instead of false confidence in fixed ability, these methods will foster a deeper appreciation for the true ingredients of achievement.
It is now abundantly clear that brains and talent alone don’t bring success. The work of Benjamin Bloom and of Anders Ericsson shows clearly that people of outstanding accomplishment—be it in science, the arts, or athletics–are often no more talented than many of their peers. In fact, their peers who seemed most brilliant at the start often turned out to achieve very little. This is most likely because, believing too much in the power of their brains and talent, they did not put in the effort that all great accomplishment requires.
In short, believing in brains or talent as something fixed and all-powerful works against long-term success in school, careers, and life in general.
Let’s all become more mindful about HOW and WHAT we say to our children so that we can develop a GROWTH MINDSET in school and in life!
Please click on the link below to find the next fortnight’s Purposeful Practice Grid.
A copy has been sent home with your child today.
Please return the completed grids to school on Friday 22 May.
We have been busy getting ready for an upcoming celebration honouring someone extra, extra special in our lives…our beautiful mum’s! Happy Mother’s Day!!!
We have read many stories about our mum’s, shared ideas about what we like to do with our mum’s and have created a fabulous portrait of her! We concentrated very hard while drawing our mum to make sure she looked just right!
We also have been talking about describing words (adjectives) and as a class came up with these words to describe mums.
We have even been busy creating a special gift. We wanted to created something special to say thanks for being a wonderful mum! We created our gift all on our own and even wrapped it ourselves! We are very proud of all our hard work! We think our mum’s will love it!
Our mum’s are so special to us! We love them lots and hope they enjoy their special day!
We have been very busy during our first two weeks back at school! We are finding our Sustainability Guided Inquiry topic interesting and are exploring what might happen to our world if we don’t start looking after it!
We have added two news words to our vocabulary – sustain and recycle. We shared our thoughts about the meaning of these words.
What does sustain mean?
Look after our world – Thea
Throw out rubbish when you see it on the floor – Reece
Keep the world clean – Rhianna
What does recycle mean?
Follow the rules of recycling. Cans, bottles, newspaper and cardboard have a spot – Amber
Use the correct bin – Eimear
You can re-use it again – Azari
Take garbage and put it in the recycling bin – Jason
Our discussion got us thinking…what happens to all our rubbish? Where does it go after it gets collected by the rubbish truck? We have put together a little experiment to see what happens to some of our rubbish. We have buried two mini bags of rubbish in dirt and will have a look at the end of the term to see what has happened to the things we have buried.
Before placing our bags in the dirt we did what all good scientists do…we shared our predictions about what we might find!
Bag One – ‘Fruit Scraps’
It’s going to get soggy and dirty and brown – Louis
It’s going to turn into soil – Linisha
It might turn to compost – Ethan
The banana and the peel will turn brown – Ruby
It might turn a different colour – Reece
Bag Two – ‘Paper and Plastic’
It is going to change into something –Sajith
The bags will get dirty and slugs will get in them – Thomas
It might get all dirty – Jordan
It might get mouldy and dry – Ruby
It won’t turn brown –Raffi
Nothing will change – Reece
We wonder which predictions will come true?