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Thursday, October 13 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
2C: Planting the Seeds of a Growth Mindset

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Early childhood builds the foundation for a student's education and gifted students have a need for program extensions. Advanced knowledge acquisition is expected, but that's just part of their plan; extension plans must include considerations for the whole child. Knowledge acquisition, creativity, problem solving, task commitment, communicating ideas and citizenship are woven into an advanced math program that builds in intensity each year. Attendees will also learn how to use an emotion identification scale and problem solving strategy charts to help students grow into independent learners and avoid the impostor syndrome. With hard, valuable, creative work, students earn the powerful feeling of pride.

Attendees will learn about growth mindset and the impostor syndrome while being shown an extension program that prepares students for a differentiated math path. Attendees will be given an emotion identification scale and problem solving strategy charts that are tools for helping students handle feelings that surge through them when encountering challenges. If a child does not encounter frustrating challenges at an early age, their eventual experiences with frustration may lead them to think, "I'm not smart anymore" or "I'm a fraud, everyone's going to find out I'm not smart". Research has shown emotions are closely tied to achievement so students need to understand their emotional swings. My extension program starts with kindergarten activities that require progress over time, to first graders facing perplexing problems in logic, to second and third graders being immersed in design frustrations. Students discover that hard, valuable, creative work, equals pride. H+V+C+W=P

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Carol Greig

Advanced Learner Resource Teacher, McFarland School District
Carol Greig is an experienced, innovative, and enthusiastic educator. She is in her eighth year as an advanced learner resource teacher in the McFarland School District's Primary School. Prior to that, she completed over thirty years as an elementary classroom teacher. An interest... Read More →

Thursday October 13, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm CDT
Tundra A-B