It's May. The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and your students probably have spring fever! As you figure out what to do with their pent-up energy at the end of the school year, also consider how you can end on a positive note by celebrating their growth and success.
Based on the research of Stanford Professor Carol Dweck from her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, growth mindset is about approaching learning with the belief that we can all learn and grow. But too often, time runs short, the year ends, and, though many teachers have an end-of-the-year party, some might not get the chance to celebrate the growth of their students.
In our final #growthmindset Twitter chat on Monday, May 28, at 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, we're focusing on the topic of celebration, asking the question, How do I celebrate my growth and the growth of students? You could have students complete an activity in which they reflect on their growth and how they want to continue to grow, such as:
- Now and Then: Scholastic offers some tips on how students can reflect on what they know or can do now that they couldn't do when the school year began. They can also include what they hope to learn and how they want to grow moving forward.
- Awesome Awards: From the Teacher Idea Factory, Awesome Awards are certificates of accolade and achievement that students give each other.
- "Growth" Chart: Using a long strip of vertical paper, students write or draw ways in which they "grew" over the year. Students could even draw themselves first on the paper and then write their growth characteristics inside.
You could adapt any of these activities for your grade level. For instance, instead of a drawing or craft, students could simply write down the answers, send a letter to themselves, write a song using GarageBand, create a short video with Animoto Video Maker, or tell their story using a digital storytelling tool.
You're invited to share the ways you celebrate growth -- and get ideas from other educators -- in our next #growthmindset Twitter chat on Monday, March 28, 4–5 p.m. PST/7–8 p.m. ET. Superstar Common Sense Education Certified Educators Chris Carter (@christocarter) and Eileen Lennon (@eileen_lennon) will lead the discussion. I'll be there too, tweeting from @kellymendoza. Hope to see you there!