A surefire way to determine whether you need a mindset tune-up is to answer this question: Are you regularly accomplishing your goals and living your dreams? If you answered “yes,” read on, and you’ll probably recognize why. If you said “no,” these steps could be game-changing for you.
Mindsets-Based SEL focuses on our default perspectives and attitudes towards the situations and circumstances in our lives. It is the lenses that largely drives our feelings, actions, and decisions. This understanding has created a movement towards Mindsets-Based instructional strategy. There are key attributes that define an effective Mindsets-Based Social and Emotional solution.
Situated in a region that’s challenged by generational poverty and other socioeconomic issues, Chattahoochee Elementary School in Forsyth County, Ga., needed a way to level the playing field across its diverse student population. With about 800 students in grades K-5, and 40% of them on either free or reduced lunch, the school was facing some particularly steep challenges on the social emotional learning (SEL) front.
“With 7 Mindsets, not only have we changed our students, but we’ve also changed the way we think about and look at life,” said Ceatriss Wall, Principal. “Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would see the impact that we've seen now using 7 Mindsets and having SEL learning incorporated into daily life. There’re no words to explain how happy we are that we implemented this SEL curriculum at our school.”
With teachers being asked to take on more responsibilities than they’ve ever handled before -- especially during remote and hybrid learning -- adult social and emotional learning and self-care have never been so important. As school principals and assistant principals, we believe administrators need to celebrate teachers’ successes, catch them when they fall and usher them through this time of great uncertainty.
In 1997, new camera technology allowed us to view the brain at levels far exceeding anything ever conceived in the past. 99% of what we know about the brain has accumulated since that time and 80% of what we thought we knew was incorrect.
I worked in juvenile probation for eight years before becoming a teacher, so I’ve seen the potentially devastating effect of the emotional issues that kids deal with. Before I took over as principal at Bluebonnet Elementary, I was an assistant principal at the middle school, where many of our discipline issues stemmed from students not being able to problem-solve or maintain healthy relationships.
7 Mindsets, the national leader in mindsets-based social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculum and activities, today announced the publication of Ridiculously Amazing Schools: Creating a Culture Where Everyone Thrives. The new book is co-authored by Tracey Smith, the principal of Brookwood (GA) Elementary School, and Jeff Waller, 7 Mindsets’ co-creator and vice president of educational services.
If we want to truly invoke Equity in education, it will happen at the tip of the spear; when more of us educators truly appreciate the circumstances of our students and adapt our curriculum and systems to meet them where they are at...