Continuing the theme of the Growth mindset at Phoenix’s school, he was shown a video called ‘Austin’s Butterfly’, which I found very cute – as well as extremely eye-opening and inspiring.
It’s about the process of drawing a butterfly for a first grader called Austin. As you can see from the picture below, the process of transformation between the first picture and the last is amazing. And all of this was possible because he took on board the comments of his peers and never gave up. Each setback or step along the process was a learning experience for him – and just look at what he produced! Fantastic!
As you watch the video, look at how engaged the children are! Look at how many fantastic ideas they have! Look at how much they want to LEARN and IMPROVE!
Phoenix was very inspired by this video and it sparked a very interesting conversation between us. Click to watch the video here.
I hope you find it interesting too.
You can also click the picture to watch the video
A couple of days ago, my little boy, Phoenix, came home from school with a piece of homework, which was to write a paragraph about what he had learned from his participation in a school project.
There were a couple of examples of what he should write – resilience was one of them.
Fantastic, I thought! This absolutely ties in with my research recently on what makes children successful.
So, I asked him : “Phoenix, what does resilience mean?”
“I don’t know,” came the answer.
So, rather than tell him the dictionary definition, which would probably go in one ear and out the other, I thought it best that I lead by example.
I found a lovely few words on ‘teaching your child resilience‘, which I thought might be interesting reading for all us parents and teachers out there.
Here’s a summary :
1. Listen with your heart;
2. See the world through your child’s eyes;
3. Accept [your]children for who they are;
4. Develop strengths;
5. Teach that mistakes are an opportunity to learn;
6. Promote responsibility by giving responsibility;
7. Teach your children to make their own decisions;
8. Discipline, but don’t denigrate.
This is just a rough guide but I think there’s some good stuff here ….. well worth checking out!