Ended Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 at 9:40 PM
Total Donation Goal $317 $317.53 Funded
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About this Campaign
My name is Kimberly Forst, and I am a second-grade teacher at Pleasant Hill Elementary School. After attending professional development and graduate courses, I feel passionate about instilling a growth mindset within my students and colleagues. Having a growth mindset is believing that with perseverance, problem solving, and a positive attitude you can achieve anything, even as you make mistakes and fail along the way.
In order to develop a growth mindset culture, students need to be challenged, so that they can fail and learn perseverance and determination. Introducing failure in a supported environment at an early age also allows students to learn emotional regulation skills, which support our social-emotional goals. Critical thinking (including decision making, problem solving, and reasoning) engages the mind and allows for growth mindset practices to take place.
The materials I desire for my classroom and school directly promote and develop a growth mindset. There are several games which will facilitate purposeful game play for my young learners. In addition to reasoning and critical thinking skills, other beneficial aspects of game play include character education, perseverance, ingenuity, and patience. I would love to introduce these games into my classroom since students find games highly engaging and often don’t even realize they are learning while playing! I am also wishing for growth mindset book titles that will captivate and introduce growth mindset principles to my students. My young learners love to be read to, and these kid-friendly stories allow them to make connections while reading.
A study conducted by Mary Cay Ricci (author of Mindsets in the Classroom) found that it is crucial to instill a growth mindset in kindergarten through third grade students so that they truly believe they can be successful no matter the circumstances. I would love to share all of these wonderful materials with my colleagues so that together we can build a growth mindset community within our building. Thank you in advance for helping to make our students more innovative and successful!
Want to see some of the games I am wishing for? Check out these growth-mindset games on Amazon:
- Sweet Logic
- Rush Hour Traffic
- Famous Failures
- No WARies
- Tiny Polka Dots