Growth MindsetDeSoto Trail works to implement the research-based strategies outlined in the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck. Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success–but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals–personal and professional. Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.
GRITGrit is a combination of both perseverance and passion for long-term goals - not just working hard, but also loving what you do. Our theme from a previous school year was "no grit, no pearl." The production of a pearl starts with a piece of grit. When we have grit (a challenge) in our lives, it is an opportunity to practice perseverance and believe in our ability to work through the challenge and learn lessons in the process.