A school-wide goal this year is to teach students about the vast potential of their brains and to embrace the idea that it is often a struggle to learn and apply new skills and information. It is only then that real learning occurs and intelligence grows, according to research. Over the summer, teachers read The Growth Mindset Coach: A Teacher's Month by Month Handbook for Empowering Students to Succeed by Annie Brock. They are using it to inform their Professional Learning Communities this year.  

Students in our Design and Visual Communications Program are helping to spread the word by designing eye-catching posters illustrating the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset. For example, a student with a fixed mindset might say, "I'll never be good at math," while a student with a growth mindset would say, "I'm willing to practice more to learn calculus this year, and eventually I'll learn it. " DVC students photographed themselves in shadow and created silhouettes to illustrate their ideas.

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