Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Resilience and perservance- Gianfranco Conti- Let them struggle!
Are you fostering a growth mindset in your class?
The article that I reposted below with permission from the author (Conti) is a critical piece so central to teaching language. Our goal last year i our department and school was helping students to develop a growth mindset, which in our school context meant allowing students to make mistakes, growth from them as well as other re- other mind-expanding practices. Being a growth mindset type of gal, I did not have to change much... so I thought...until I read the article below. It opened my mind to a different way of viewing and designing a thinking class.
Last semester I had an Aha moment when I noticed being in situations where my upper level students wanted me to, what Conti calls below " spoon-feed" them. At some point they had become vegetables in their own learning process and I was there "intravenously" supplying them with all their nutrients. Then it hit me. How am I helping them to grow if I continue to pump knowledge into them? How will they be self-sufficient in the class and beyond? I did not quite know what the sickness was until I read the symptoms of the text below. It was my M.O, and I had no idea (although kudos to me for knowing something wasn't right). They did not want to struggle, but the needed to. The article below helped me rethink my instruction and engagement for this year. I will be stepping back more and allowing them to struggle, fail forward and harness a growth mindset shift.
Resilience and perseverance in the foreign language classroom – Inhibitors and catalysts