Neuroscience isn’t on many elementary school lesson plans. But this spring, a second grade class at Fairmont Neighborhood School in the South Bronx is plunging in.
Sarah Wechsler, an instructional coach with wide eyes and a marathoner’s energy, asks the students to think about the development and progress that they’ve made already in their lives.
This year, while continuing the mindfulness program, Turnaround has been applying another set of research findings by training the whole school in growth mindset.
This is the term coined by Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck to describe the belief that people can progress and get better through effort, as opposed to “fixed mindset,” the belief that ability is innate and unchanging. Experiments show each of these mindsets can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
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