Background of Program

Growth Mindset / Social-Emotional Learning

The program has 2 basic aspects:

1) WHAT we are trying to accomplish.

2) HOW we will try to do that.

The "WHAT" consists of healthy, adaptive attitudes (mindsets) that we want the children to learn. These mindsets have been shown to enhance a child’s ability to effectively meet a number of life’s challenges: learning, relationships, teasing, managing fears and other feelings, recovering from setbacks, resolving conflicts, communication, and dealing with adults. There are 10 lessons to cover the 10 weeks of the program. But the program can be flexible to spend more time on a topic that seems more interesting to the children.

We can summarize the mindsets as "lessons" that we want the children to learn.

The "HOW" involves the presentation of those lessons through demonstrations, workshops, and teacher follow-up and reinforcement. Each workshop will have a similar format:

a) An Introduction to the Topic/Lesson.
The stage will be set for each lesson by some introductory EXPERIENCE.
Using stories, books, and/or role plays, the children will be introduced to the week’s lesson and it’s importance in their lives.

b) The Skills Aspect of the Lesson:
At age appropriate levels, each lesson will be presented by a combination of simple lectures, examples, and much discussion.

c) Role Play Practice:
Children will "try out" the lesson through age appropriate role plays.
Feedback will be aimed at improving each skill.

d) Teacher Follow-up and Reinforcement of the Lessons
Teachers will be provided with various ways to respond to the daily classroom opportunities to repeat and reinforce the lessons. The assumption is that the workshops alone will not be enough to ensure that the children will learn and apply the lessons to their lives.