During the opening of school for the 2017-2018 school year, Mr. Pitcavage spoke with the entire Marple Newtown School District (MNSD) faculty on the subject of Teaching with a Growth Mindset. Since then, many teachers have embraced the strategies to promote a growth mindset within the classroom. The district was excited to bring Jamie back to present this same concept within the context of parenting.
On two separate occasions this fall, Mr. Pitcavage spoke with a group of MNSD parents. He shared current research and explained the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. According to Dr. Carol Dweck, a leading researcher in this field, “success is not determined by innate talents and intellect. Rather, success depends upon mindset-the degree to which we believe we have the capacity to cultivate our intelligence and grow our abilities.” Jamie shared advice with parents on how to communicate with their child; parents should actively try to use language to promote a growth mindset. He stressed the need to praise process and effort over intelligence and abilities. Along with praise, must come feedback. Effective feedback must help the child understand how to fix something; all of us grow from productive struggle and by learning from mistakes.
The power point, Growth Mindset: Knowing & Understanding Your Child’s Mindset, is provided here for your review. If you are interested in learning more about this topic, we recommend Dr. Carol Dweck’s book Mindset the New Psychology of Success. Also, posted on the website is a guide to talking with your child if he or she struggles despite strong effort and if he or she needs help with strategies.
We thank all the parents who came out to hear Jamie speak. We hope everyone found the information meaningful and helpful. The district plans to offer more parent information nights; so that, we can partner in supporting the education of our students and children.
* Jamie Pitcavage is an educational consultant with the Delaware County Intermediate Unit.