Celebrating Mistakes

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Celebrating Mistakes

Here at IES Falun, we are always trying to encourage our students to have a "Growth Mindset". The is defined wonderfully in Carol Dweck's book, Mindset: "The growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your effots, your strategies, and help from others. Although people may differ in every which way - in their initial talents and aptitutes, interests, or temperments - everyone can chance and grow through application and experience." (page 7).

For our Year 4 and 5 students, their Math Teacher Ms Rinehart is working on exemplifying this mindset through a classroom Mistake Counter! She explains:

"Every time I make a mistake, students are encouraged to raise their hands to point it out so we can add it to my count.  Each mistake is another opportunity to learn something, and without mistakes and struggle, we would not learn a thing.  It is important to me that my students know that mistakes are not just accepted, but expected and celebrated in math class.  We can take those mistakes and learn from them in order to grow and understand more!"

Ms Rinehart reached her 100 mistakes during Week 7, so the students decided to celebrate with a funny dress-up day together! Mistakes are made over time and make you wisor, so the students thought it was fitting to dress-up like they were 100 years old.