Middle School Back-to-School Night

Remarks to Parents

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Culture of Inquiry, Reflective Practice & Deeper Learning.

Here at WA, we ask students—even middlers–to be in ongoing dialogue with each other and with their teachers about their learning. Here, too, the teachers are in ongoing dialogue with each other and with their administrators, the deans, the counselors. We are all here for one reason: to support student learning and growth –and to help them become the leaders of their own learning. We believe deeply and passionately in a growth mindset:

In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb.

In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it. (Dweck)

So you will see me, Mike (the Middle School Director), new faculty, veteran faculty, all coming in and out of classrooms to observe the learning (and participate in the learning) so we can remain in dialogue with each other around how kids learn best and how we can all continue to learn.

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