What is the goal of Mindset, Metacognition and Motivation? Expectations are a subtle but central force in any relationship. In the classroom, they are one of the strongest predictors of a student’s academic success (J. Hattie, 2009). This is one factor we can influence in our schools, honoring the potential of all learners and shifting the school culture to incorporate this message into day-to-day practices.Youth are particularly effective messengers of information about expectations and how the brain learns. As peers, they can engage classmates through stories and activities that come from shared experience. In several district in-services, faculty have been particularly responsible to students’ creative portrayal of how the brain learns through skits, and other mediums, debunking myths and stereotypes and challenging current practices in respectful and provocative ways.
How do we achieve this goal? School based youth-adult teams attend a full-day training where they learn concrete tools to dispel the common myth that intelligence is fixed and strategies to reinforce the theme, “whether you think you can, or you can’t, you are right” (Henry Ford). They also explore how the brain processes information (Dr. David Sousa’s information processing model) in the form of a theatrical piece which can be replicated back at home. Each school receives on-going coaching and support by the UP for Learning staff as they implement these training activities in their own schools.
What does Mindset, Metacognition and Motivation look like in action?
Below is a video documenting the Hazen Union M3 2015-2016 Pilot Program.