A Powerful Word: Yet

Although we already know that mistakes make our brain grow it is important that we also learn that just because we can’t do something at this moment in time doesn’t mean we will never learn to do it!  In the world of growth mindset this is called the Power Of Yet! An important thing for all of us to remember is to not be afraid to ask for help!  Some children (and adults) feel if they ask for help it means they are not smart! We want the children to not be embarrassed to ask for help as when a child asks for help he or she learns new things and therefore your brain grows!

Check out this video about the Power Of Yet:

Another Video: The Power of Yet


Carol Dweck: The Power Of Yet Ted Talk (For Parents)


Try incorporating some of this language at home:

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Mindfulness

Today we began our journey into the world of mindfulness! One of our goals in Grade 1 is to learn not only to recognize when our bodies and brains are not calm, but to also learn what to do to keep our bodies calm and ready to learn! This mindfulness journey is one your child will be on throughout their entire life and I encourage all of my students’ families to join our class in this journey and practice being more mindful in our very busy world!

Today we learned about three parts of the brain! We looked at the poster below and at a video about how to make a brain with our hands. The song in the video posted at the end will remind us of these three parts of the brain and introduces the term Core Practice which is a breathing technique we will be using to help keep our brains and bodies calm and ready to learn.

The prefrontal cortex is the wise leader and helps us make decisions.
The amygdala is the security guard and keeps us safe.
The hippocampus is the memory saver and allows us to learn.

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