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October 12, 2015

Director's Notes - 10/12/15

If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning.
  • Carol Dweck
  This week’s quote is taken from renowned Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck who has done important work on growth mindset – a dramatic paradigm shift away from fixed midset. According to Dweck, we spend an inordinate amount of time and energydocumenting intelligence and talent instead of developing them. We believe that intelligence and talent are fixed traits - and that talent alone creates success. In a growth mindset, “people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities. Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports.” An interesting tip from the growth mindset framework is to start saying the RIGHT things to children to encourage growth. For instance, saying, “You are so smart” implies that being smart is what you are. We want students to do smart things, and behave in wise ways. As adults we can encourage the behavior by choosing our words wisely: I’m so proud of your progress! You have a tenacious attitude; I’m so proud that you never quit You are unstoppable - Even when you struggle, you keep going. Wow! I can always count on you to come prepared to class. You really did ___ well because… I can tell that you gave everything you had to this project. I’m so proud of how hard you worked. You know, that was a fascinating way to solve that problem. It showed real creativity. I’m proud of you. Remember that when students believe that their actions can make changes, they’ll often choose to do them; if they think their talents are fixed and set in stone, they often will quit. Teaching growth mindset is important to help students reach their full potential Thank you to Ms. Cassie for sharing the growth mindset model with Bridges staff, and for sharing the following link. I especially enjoyed the “Ted Talk” video of Carol Dweck. Student progress conferences went very well this past week. Thank you to all who participated. Students thrive amidst a healthy home/school community partnership!
ROTARY STREET FAIR - Bridges is hosting a booth at the Thousand Oaks Rotary street fair again this year. The fair is Sunday, October 18th from 9AM -4PM. We will be letting people know about our wonderful school and also helping kids with a simple make-and-take craft project. We are looking for volunteers for simple two-hour shifts. Please go to: VolunteerSpot to sign-up.  If you have any questions, please contact  
          A very much appreciated parent reflection: Dear Ms. Marsi and Friends, Thank you, Ms. Marsi, for facilitating a wonderful experience for our children and for us parents today! As many shared, witnessing the kids' creativity, progress, and pride in their work was a true joy! At the publishing party, I was struck by several observations for which I am grateful: --Parent/Teacher Partnership: Thank you, Ms. Marsi, for inviting us into the classroom and allowing us to participate in our children's education. --Child Directed Learning: The children got to create their first Writer's Book from start to finish, using their ideas, their words, and their drawings. The children got to take possession of their learning. --Classroom Community: The parents showed genuine interest in viewing the work of each child (not just our own child) and the children enjoyed sharing their work with the parents and with their friends and siblings. Watching you all in action today reminded me of one of the many reasons I'm grateful to be at Bridges: when we have the opportunity to interact with and get to know the children in our class, we can't help but care for them. Every child matters. For those of you who weren't able to make the publishing party: we missed you! Ms. Marsi and I uploaded pictures to our Shutterfly site (Ms. Marsi's pictures are part of the October album and my pictures are in a separate album entitled: "Publishing Party"). I'm also hoping to upload the video I took of the initial presentation by the kids (so far, I haven't been successful, but I haven't given up yet). Thanks for your friendship. Hope you a great weekend! With Gratitude, Brandi   Upcoming Important Dates: 10/14 – Picture Day 10/18 – Thousand Oaks Rotary Fair 10/19 – Teacher Staff Development/ Student Free Day 10/28 – Make Up Picture Day Enjoy the week. Enjoy each day!   “Captain” Jay  

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