SLOs & Growth Mindset

The Power of “Yet” in the SLO

For many of us, the SLO process easily becomes “one more thing” on our too full plate of federal, state and district initiatives.  However, the SLO is –by design–filled with possibilities we can harness to empower kids and fine tune our instruction.

For Example: Pre-tests are great ways to help students build growth mindsets through capturing the results of “hard work” and “perseverance.”   

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But first, we just love this particular talk @ Stanford by Carol Dweck.

Growth Mindset and SLO’s

1.  Focus on “Yet”

The way teachers presents the pre-test and formative assessment process shapes the student success. Encourage students to see the baseline as everything they were “just about” to get good at!  Students who do not see a pre-test this way will be devastated as they will see their core intelligence undermined.

2.  Track and Celebrate Student Progress

Don’t focus on only the “now” score, but look at each student’s changes over time.  Students who can graph their own data will have additional empowerment and see the benefits they reap from their hard work and perseverance.  Teachers can help with stagnation and help students reach shared goals. (Image Credit: Kristine Nanni @YoungTeacherLove)

3.  Use Growth Mindset “talk”

Praise wisely: choose to praise for strategy, focus, and perseverance.  Encourage challenge seeking behavior.   Even the use of the words “yet” and “not yet”  will build student confidence and perseverance.  Teach students that pushing out of the comfort zone to learn gives their brain the ability to get stronger and smarter!

How do educators leverage the work of scientists from Jean Piaget to Carol Dweck to improve our implementation of the SLO and student growth process for the improvement of student growth, teacher growth, and school-wide growth?

“We must keep students believing that success is within reach if they just keep trying,”  

Rick Stiggins, 2015

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This article was written by Kids at the Core founder, Anne Weerda.

Anne is an assessment and curriculum specialist best known for her work in assessment design, data analysis and instructional effectiveness. Anne is a sought after speaker in the area of assessment design, curriculum and instruction.
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