Developing a positive, growth mindset early on is crucial for a successful, happy life. When kids learn that putting forth effort and using the right strategies can help them get better at things, they feel empowered, and try harder. When they know their brains are capable of growing, they are more confident, resilient and are not afraid to fail!
Instilling this mindset in our students will give them the skills and outlook to support their learning throughout education and into adult life.
So how do we teach this simple and incredible concept? To start, we need to understand the basics.
Well this is a post I never thought I’d be writing. But in times like this, we all need to look out for each other and share our tips and tricks where needed. This post will outline my top tips for coping with schooling your child while they’re at home during the Coronavirus lockdown and how to get the best out of that time.
Whether it was my first year of teaching or my fifth year of teaching, ‘Meet the Teacher’ night was always a source of stress. But over the years, I’ve picked up several hints and tips and made a few resources that takes some of the stress out of the event and allows me to connect with parents and get the year off to a positive start.
My main tip, before I get into the details, is to be yourself and let your personality shine through. Let the parents see a glimpse of the person their child sees at school every day. This way your students and their parents can truly get to know you and see that you are a person who cares about their child. In order to do this, you need time to dedicate to each family so that you can have meaningful conversations. Getting round to speak to everyone obviously requires time which, as teachers know all too well, is limited. So how do you make the time?
I'm Ruth. I'm a teacher based in Manchester, UK.
I've been teaching for eight years and am currently based in Year Four, but I have also taught in Year One and Reception.
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