Assembly Topics Sept 30-Oct 4th

GROWTH MINDSET
This week in grades 7-11 assembly we talked about GROWTH MINDSET.

MY STORY
Most of you know me as a teacher and guidance counsellor, many of you don’t know that I’m also an artist. I’ve had a goal showing my work in a gallery for years. I’ve submitted various pieces over the years, but all have been greeted with……silence.  (Silence means they are too polite to say they dislike your work.)

On try 8 or 9 or 10 or (who knows?), I received a response from a gallery, telling me how much they loved my art!  It was one of the best calls I’ve ever received and I automatically went into celebratory mode.

MAYBE WE HAVE BEEN CELEBRATING THINGS ALL WRONG
Why do we wait until a goal has been reached to celebrate our accomplishments?  We wait to celebrate graduations and anniversaries and retirements and new jobs and first homes and there’s no pause to party along the journey.

WHY DON’T WE CELEBRATE THE TRYING PHASE?
I don’t always know what to do, and maybe you feel the same way about school, but we know we’re going to keep trying.  It’s determination, it’s the journey, it’s the life experience, it’s learning. We are spending the time anyway, why not spend the time trying… and celebrating that!

FAMOUS FAILURES
Life is hard and you will fail. It’s what you do next that determines the quality of your life. That’s the message I hope you learn from this. Please check out and be inspired by the interactive bulletin board that celebrates the growth mindset of famous figures who weren’t defeated by early failures (it’s in the atrium outside the cafeteria).

TRAIN YOUR BRAIN
Having a growth mindset means that you know you can train your brain to get smarter. Watch the attached video to learn the scientific explanation on how growth mindset works and use the next month to exercise your brain to think positive and continue trying to improve your learning behaviors. We will see (and

celebrate) all the effort you put in when your next report card comes out.

Sending love to all the triers <3