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Learning a growth Mindset

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world have made their children’s education a top priority, knowing it is the key to a bright future. At the same time, parents everywhere have come to understand that traditional approaches to teaching and learning—such as rote learning and teaching to the test—are broken. The evidence? Fifty-two percent of college freshmen do not have a successful first year. Their stats look good on paper (high GPAs, strong SATs and ACTs), but the qualities that the 21st-century values most and demands of our children—social and emotional intelligence, soft skills, a growth mindset—are missing. Dr. Carol Dweck, an award-winning Stanford university professor of motivation, personality, and social development found in her research that a fixed mindset is very limiting. In contrast, a growth mindset enables people to develop their talents and abilities through hard work, learning new strategies, and help from others. She explains: “A growth mindset is an empowering belief.” Collegiate researchers aren’t the only ones to comprehend the importance of a growth mindset, however. In 2018, LinkedIn surveyed over 4,000 leaders across a broad spectrum of professions, asking, “What matters most? What matters most now, and what will always matter?” New York Times journalist Lydia Dishman summarized their responses: “The top priority for developing talent is to train for soft skills…the rise of machine-led tasks makes it necessary for people to do what machines can’t, which is to be adaptable, critical thinkers.” As such, it is more critical than ever that parents choose the right school for their children. A curriculum that teaches students to think independently, to work collaboratively, to tackle real-world problems, and to have the kind of safe, positive, constructive failures that

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are the source of authentic learning is the key to not only a successful transition to college, but to success in the real world beyond academia. The Woodlawn School in Mooresville is one of the very first schools in the Charlotte region to offer this type of hands-on, learning by doing, projectbased education. More and more parents are taking the leap and making project-based learning the centerpiece of their children’s instruction. After all, who doesn’t want to provide their children with the skills and mindset that is takes to succeed now and in the future? w

Woodlawn School introduced hands-on, learning by doing, project-based learning to the Charlotte region in 2002. Founded by brilliant technologists who partnered with highly trained mentor teachers, the Woodlawn School offers a curriculum that fosters social and emotional intelligence, the mastery of vital academic skills and content, and promotes that all-important growth mindset our children need to thrive, now and throughout their lifetime. For more information about Woodlawn School visit the website at woodlawnschool. org, or better yet, visit the school at 135 Woodlawn School Loop in Mooresville.

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