Written by Daya Cozzolino, TE Instructional Coach
In TE our motto is “TEach ‘Em Up”, a simple, and yet incredibly powerful phrase. However, I often wonder what this phrase truly means for our our teachers, students and the members of the TEam.
Recently a colleague gave me this excerpt from the book Mindset. The section that I read focused on great teachers and their impact on their students. The author argued that the strongest teachers (those who make the most difference in the lives of their students) have a growth mindset, rather than a fixed mindset. Growth-minded teachers believe that all students can learn at a high level, and believe that ANYTHING is possible in their classrooms.
Students with growth-minded teachers believe in themselves and are invested in their learning. These students understand that they will need to work hard to be successful. However, they also know that their teachers will create an environment where they can continuously improve. By learning from teachers with growth mindsets, these students are able to develop the same mindset which will allow them to be successful adults.
Teachers with growth mindsets understand that they need to set high standards for ALL students. They understand that a child isn’t born with intelligence or talent, but that it is up to them to foster learning in their students. These teachers not only challenge their students, but also provide them with ways to be successful. They model for their students the importance of growing and learning by continuing to develop and improve in their roles as educators.
As Instructional Coaches, we push our teachers to grow and learn every day. By establishing an environment where teachers are not only given praise for what they do well, but also areas for growth, we help encourage a growth mindset. By doing this, the goal is for our teachers to infuse this mindset within their own classrooms.
My biggest takeaway from this reading was that the belief in continuous growth and improvement for students, teachers, and ourselves is what fuels our program. It’s why we TEach ‘Em Up!
In what areas are you committed to improving? What impact does you think this commitment will have on your students?
For those of you entering Teaching Excellence for the 2012-13 school year, we invite you to engage with us in the comments about any of your reactions to the Mindset excerpt.