The students mind. I chose this topic because I was struggling in the classroom trying to get my students to see the importance of not giving up. I was teaching my heart out but none of that mattered because my students did not have the mental capacity to see pass their failures. Many of my students were faced with disappointment on a regular basis from people and things they had no control of. So, when they entered the classroom they protect themselves from any more disappointment or failure if they could control it. I needed to teach to my students emotional needs before I could teach to their academic needs. Just as Maslow proposed in his Hierarchy of Needs.
I need to make sure my students felt safe, loved and have a positive self esteem before we could move onto academic challenges.
My Research in a Nutshell
Aditomo, A. (2015). Students’ response to academic setback: “Growth mindset” as a buffer
against demotivation. International. Journal of Educational Psychology,4(2), 198-222.
Doi: 10.17583/ijep.2015.1482 Retrieved from https://epaa.asu.edu/ojs/article/view/151/0
Dweck, C.S., Walton, G.M., & Cohen, G. L. (n.d.) Academic Tenacity Mindsets and Skills that
Promote Long-Term Learning. KSA-Plus Communications. Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation. Retrieved from chrome-extension://ecnphlgnajanjnkcmbpancdjoidceilk/content/web/viewer.html?source=extension_pdfhandler&file=https%3A%2F%2Fed.stanford.edu%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Fmanual%2Fdweck-walton-cohen-2014.pdf
Dweck, C. (2015). Carol Dweck Revisits the ‘Growth Mindset’. Retrieved
Dweck, C. (2008). Mindsets and Math/Science Achievement. Carnegie Corporation of New York-Institute for Advanced Study Commission on Mathematics and Science Education. Retrieved from http://www.growthmindsetmaths.com/uploads/2/3/7/7/23776169/mindset_and_math_science_achievement_-_nov_2013.pdf.
Hanson, J., Ruff, W., & Bangert, A. (2016). Investigating the Relationship between School Level
and a School Growth Mindset. Journal of Educational Issues, 2(2). Macrothink Institute. Retrieved from http://www.macrothink.org/journal/index.php/jei/article/view/10052
NAEP (2015). Average mathematics score for fourth-grade students lower compared to 2013. Nation’s Report Card. Retrieved from https://www.nationsreportcard.gov/reading_math_2015/ - mathematics/scores?grade=4