Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, Thomas
Edison failed over 1,000 times trying to invent the lightbulb, Vincent
Van Gogh only sold one painting in his entire lifetime, and the greatest
power hitter of all time, Babe Ruth struck out over 1,300 times in his
baseball career. So what do these men have in common? Each one
of them experienced desperate failure, internal conflict, significant
challenges, and productive struggle on their way to becoming unbelievable
successful. They did not give up when obstacles were placed before them.
They did not avoid challenges and failures that come with risk taking. Instead these men realized that failure was an essential part of growth,
learning, and success.
This process of extended learning from intense challenge, a growth mindset, and even failure has been labeled the "Learning Pit" by the educational community. The "Pit" represents all that is wonderful about learning and growth; conflict, challenge, questioning, failure, struggle, confusion, mistakes, resilience, and deeper thinking. If we as educators and parents want our students to experience "true" learning, we must push them into the depths of the Learning Pit. Not only do we need to teach
students that mistakes and failure are acceptable, but critical to long-term individual growth and success. As ALL learners experience the challenge of the "Learning Pit", have the freedom to make mistakes, and taste the power of productive struggle, they learn the necessary skills for future life-long success. When students show effort, make mistakes, and push forward with resilience, they will ALL learn at the highest levels!
FOSSIL RIDGE WEEKLY EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Monday, September 11th--National Day of Remembrance, Fall Team
Reflection Week, and REACH CCA & Fine Arts Priority Day
Tuesday, September 12th--Fall Team Reflection Week and REACH Math
Wednesday, September 13th--Fall Team Reflection Week, REACH
Science Priority Day, and Mrs. Power's Birthday :)
Thursday, September 14th--Fall Team Reflection Week and REACH
Language Arts Priority Day
Friday, September 15th--Visiting School (Page Middle School), Fall
Team Reflection Week, CCA "Pre-School" Day, and REACH Social
Studies and Ready Day
FOSSIL RIDGE INSPIRATION STATION & LEARNING
Fossil Ridge "Get Your Brain On" Students of the Week!
Come on down, You're the next "Plinko" Players of the Week!
--Weekly Dose of Educational Learning--
For additional information concerning the "Learning Pit" and "Growth
Mindset", please see the following resources...
"The Learning Pit" (James Nottingham. YouTube)
"Labels Limit Learning" (James Nottingham. YouTube)
"The Power of Yet" (Carol Dweck. YouTube)
HAVE A GREAT WEEK