This fall, students in (6-9) began the year talking about having a growth-mindset approach to the way they will build their character and self esteem throughout the year. Students created an image of themselves using construction paper, string, buttons and markers. They talked about persevering through difficulties and then having that amazing feeling of knowing they can do hard things!
Students started journals where they can take note of things they’ve accomplished and can record situations where they are pleased with the way they’ve handled themselves. These proud-construction-paper images are placed in the stairway, and the students see them each day as they walk to their classroom. Seeing themselves this way helps to set their intention. It challenges them to learn from their mistakes and to come out appreciating their hard-won growth.