How Can Your District Help Students Thrive According to Their Unique Potential?

Building resilience and a growth perspective can be a determining factor in success for students. It’s important to equip educators, parents, and caregivers with the tools to address the mental health crisis in PK-12-aged students and teach them ways to navigate stress, adversity, and uncertainty.

We are excited to announce the release of our newest professional development training, Teaching Resiliency & Growth for Educators. This simulation is a model for education partnership with parents, caregivers, and students to encourage the resilience and perseverance that leads to success for each student. It offers proven communication techniques, interactive conversation practice, and classroom strategies to help students thrive according to their unique potential.

Continue reading to learn more about Teaching Resiliency & Growth for Educators and how it can help students in and out of the classroom to identify and manage their goals, setbacks, and successes.

Growth Perspective vs. Fixed Perspective

A recent global study asked about 600,000 15-year-old students from many different countries and economies whether they believed their own intelligence and success is fixed and unchangeable. Two out of three students who participated in this assessment demonstrated a growth perspective. It was also found that students with a strong growth perspective scored significantly higher in all academic subjects. In the U.S., 70% of students demonstrated a growth perspective and this was associated with a 60-point higher score in reading.

What is growth perspective? A growth perspective means that you believe that your intelligence and talents can be developed over time. This leads to embracing mistakes and flaws as opportunities for growth and accepting setbacks as part of the learning process. It allows students to feel empowered to reach their goals.

Growth perspective is the opposite of fixed perspective, which is the thought of intelligence being fixed. In other words, if you believe you are not good at something you’ll continue to believe you’ll never be good at it. In an academic setting, this perspective can lead to a student hiding their mistakes and feeling ashamed of their “failures”. Students with a fixed perspective may give up easily due to setbacks and become unmotivated to achieve their goals.

It’s important that educators teach their students the importance of developing a growth perspective versus a fixed perspective. Doing this can help students identify and manage their goals and setbacks and it gives them the resilience and perseverance that leads to their success.

Teaching Resiliency & Growth for Educators

Our newest simulation, Teaching Resiliency & Growth for Educators, helps teachers and school staff to partner with students, parents, and caregivers to cultivate emotional resiliency and a healthy sense of self in students. Research has shown that having a growth perspective is key to students’ academic success, and this simulation not only incorporates teaching this perspective in schools but also providing resources and strategies for parents and caregivers to build this growth at home.

The goal of this simulation is to gain awareness, knowledge, skill, and the self-confidence to build resiliency and growth in students. Other learning objectives include:

  • Describing growth perspective vs. fixed perspective and the impact on mental and emotional wellness, positive self-concept, student achievement and creativity
  • Explaining the benefits of a growth perspective and classroom strategies that encourage growth
  • Identifying helpful thoughts from unhelpful thoughts and understanding their impact on decision-making
  • Practicing modeling positive self-talk to reframe unhelpful thoughts
  • Identifying opportunities and communication techniques to engage parents and caregivers in building growth in students
  • Understanding important resources available and how to discuss them with both parents and students

Featuring separate modules for both elementary/middle and high school, this training equips educators and staff with the tools to help students navigate stress, uncertainty, adversity, and trauma in an emotionally healthy way.

Try an Interactive Demo Today

Interested in learning more about Teaching Resiliency & Growth for Educators? Request an interactive demo to experience the power of virtual human simulation or contact us to schedule a live demo, request pricing, or learn more about Kognito solutions. In addition to this new simulation, keep an eye out for the upcoming release of our student facing training, Friend2Friend: Resiliency & Growth.

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