Tip of the Week

October 12, 2015

Challenges are teachable moments

In the spring, we posted a blog discussing fixed and growth mindsets in students. One way to spot a “fixed mindset” and turn it into a “growth mindset” is to listen for when your child says, “But, we haven’t learned that yet,” or “That problem is too hard, so I’m going to skip it.” Seize these moments when your child balks at a challenge, and redirect his perspective. Ask him to spend a few more minutes with the problem and encourage him to use the tools he already has to figure it out. When your child discovers he is able to find answers to his dilemma, all on his own, he will take pride in his work and become more amenable to future challenges.