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  • Carolina Park Elementary School
  • Mt Pleasant, SC
  • More than half of students from low‑income households

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Our daily read aloud time is something I find to be so rich and full of exciting, authentic discussion! My students and I look forward to this each day--we find comfy spots on our giant rug and immerse ourselves in each book. These books will expose my students to diverse topics from the past and present. As we begin the year, we will start with the growth mindset books, teaching students to create learning pathways through persistence. "Neuroscience and educational research shows that times of struggle are some of the most productive times for brains, and they should be celebrated. If students face struggle and think that it is a time of challenge and brain growth, rather than assuming they are failures and not "math people" - not "science people" - not "history people" or simply incapable of any subject - their paths to learning will change" (Boaler & Lamar). I want to ensure my students start the school year believing in themselves and having the courage to persist when it is hard. So, the books I picked out to teach growth mindset will help my students learn about neuroplasticity and how our brains deal with situations that are hard. I also chose books that deal with holiday celebrations, Black History Month, President's Day, and many different winter holidays. I find it so important that my students are made aware of other cultures and different traditions. Finally, I added books that will expose my students to topics such as Civil Rights, women that changed our world, orphanage and war suffrage. "...Our studies show that teaching people to have a "growth mindset," which encourages a focus on effort rather than on intelligence or talent, helps make them into high achievers in school and life" (Dweck).

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Our daily read aloud time is something I find to be so rich and full of exciting, authentic discussion! My students and I look forward to this each day--we find comfy spots on our giant rug and immerse ourselves in each book. These books will expose my students to diverse topics from the past and present. As we begin the year, we will start with the growth mindset books, teaching students to create learning pathways through persistence. "Neuroscience and educational research shows that times of struggle are some of the most productive times for brains, and they should be celebrated. If students face struggle and think that it is a time of challenge and brain growth, rather than assuming they are failures and not "math people" - not "science people" - not "history people" or simply incapable of any subject - their paths to learning will change" (Boaler & Lamar). I want to ensure my students start the school year believing in themselves and having the courage to persist when it is hard. So, the books I picked out to teach growth mindset will help my students learn about neuroplasticity and how our brains deal with situations that are hard. I also chose books that deal with holiday celebrations, Black History Month, President's Day, and many different winter holidays. I find it so important that my students are made aware of other cultures and different traditions. Finally, I added books that will expose my students to topics such as Civil Rights, women that changed our world, orphanage and war suffrage. "...Our studies show that teaching people to have a "growth mindset," which encourages a focus on effort rather than on intelligence or talent, helps make them into high achievers in school and life" (Dweck).

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