Building Our Future through Growth Mindsets

Building Our Future Through Growth Mindsets
Posted on 07/05/2018

As you may recall, the reason we call this blog “Building Our Future” is twofold.  First is our focus on the work we do as educators to develop capable learners for the 21st Century, and second is the construction that is currently underway as a result of the successful referendum in April 2016. The point being that while building new learning environments will benefit our students, the really important work comes from the student experiences in our classrooms!  So this week, in addition to our construction update I’d like to share an important learning focus called, growth mindset.

Growth Mindset:  In her book “Mindset” Carol Dweck describes the research behind people being grouped along a continuum of having “fixed” mindsets or “growth” mindsets.  The more an individual leans towards a fixed mindset, the more likely they are to fear making a mistake and to expect perfection in their work. However, individuals with a growth mindset are more likely to see the learning opportunities embedded in mistakes and to have more perseverance to see a challenging project through to completion.  Click here for a growth mindset overview from Stanford University.

District 66 is focused on developing future ready learners.  Encouraging a growth mindset is essential for our students to develop the communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creative skills necessary to be successful in a rapidly changing economy and society.

For the past few years we have had teachers encouraging a growth mindset with students, although this has not yet been a district-wide initiative.  As we focus on the social-emotional learning needs of our students during the 2018-19 school year, growth mindset is sure to be a part of the conversation.  Here is an example of growth mindset in our first grade classrooms.

Construction/Renovations/Security Update:  In addition to the following pictures of progress at Ide School, I also want to share that the Board of Education will be discussing the changes to the learning environment at Lakeview Jr. High School at their next meeting on July 24 at 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview School.  The referendum passed by the community in April 2016 included security enhancements for Lakeview and Prairieview, as well as improving the learning environment at Lakeview. These are the next steps planned for the 2018-19 school year.

Ide School construction/renovations:  The new entrance and main office is really taking shape - both inside and out! In addition to the exterior walls receiving the final stage of sealcoating, you can also see the metal studs framing the interior walls!


The new parking lot is really taking shape!  The entire outline, including the new parent/visitor entrance, can be seen with all curbs in place.


Finally, some additional excavation continues for sewer and fiber lines continues.  The most obvious on the south side of the building is the removal of trees where the new learning commons and IMC will be.  Rest assure that the large trees along Manning will remain!



Tim Arnold, Ph.D.