Hope

At Barwon Heads PS, having hope is to look forward to the future and believing that good things are going to happen.

Motto: Be positive, especially when others are not.

Hope means that you expect the best in the future, and you work hard to achieve it. You believe that the future is something that you can control.

This is why we associate hope with setting goals. We set personalised smart goals that are:

According to research optimists are:

  • More successful in sport, work and athletics
  • Healthier and live longer
  • Less anxious        Reference:https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/the_benefits_of_optimism

An activity to activate hope and optimism is to write about things that you are looking forward to in the short term and/or distant future.

        

What are you looking forward to?

Forgiveness

“I forgive people who hurt me and give people a second chance. I put my sadness behind me and move forward”.

Forgiveness means letting go of hard feelings like anger, sadness, or frustration that happen when you or someone else makes a mistake. It’s saying “Thank you” or “That’s okay” when someone apologises and not staying upset about what they did. It’s having patience with yourself and others, and recognising that no one is perfect—everyone makes mistakes.  It’s letting go of hurt feelings, and moving ahead, ready to do things. It doesn’t mean that all of a sudden what someone did doesn’t hurt or isn’t wrong. It means that you find it in your heart to give the person another chance.

In many ways Forgiveness is about taking power back by “flipping” the mood/situation as described to us by Martin Heppell. I use the analogy of the sparkle jars. Harbouring hurt or anger as a result of someone hurting your feelings can feel like a whirlwind in your tummy but as soon as you forgive it can lead to a sense of calm like when the sparkles fall to the bottom of the jar.

Little Life Message: The best revenge is to move on and find your happy.

Forgiveness Activities:

  • Take 20 minutes and write about the personal benefits that resulted from a negative incident.
  • Think of someone who wronged you recently. Put yourself in their shoes and try to understand their perspective.
  • Write a forgiveness letter. You don’t have to send it, but read it to yourself each day for a week.
  • If someone hurts or upsets you, try to understand things from their perspective, then think about whether your reaction is hurting them or you.

       

 

These are Jasmine’s beautiful words about forgiveness……

Persistence – Mindsets

What are Mindsets?

Mindsets are like beliefs that people have about themselves and their intelligence, talents and personalities. People with a growth mindset understand that their basic intellectual ability can be developed through dedication and hard work. This contrasts with those with a fixed mindset who believe that that they are just given their intelligence which can’t be changed.

 

Who developed the idea of mindsets?

Psychologist Carol Dweck developed this theory after years of research into achievement and success. She and her team have evidence to prove that teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity.

 

Importance of understanding theory

When educating students about the growth mindset, it is not enough to simply say to students that they need to have a growth mindset. Research has shown that to understand growth mindset, people need to understand the science and theory behind this concept.

 

The Brain

The brain is malleable and can get smarter and stronger. The scientific evidence proves this. Neuroscientists liken the brain to a muscle. Working on challenging things gives your brain the exercise to get stronger and is the best way to grow your brain.

 

Neuroplasticity

Students need to understand that they can cultivate their mindset and to do this they must know some things about neuroplasticity; the ability of the brain to form and reorganise connections.

 

How neurons work

The brain is made of cells called neurons. These neurons are connected to thousands of other neurons through networks.  When the neurons connect, signals are sent and everything that you do happens because of your neurons connecting. These networks change with certain experiences causing new connections to form or strengthen. People have the power to change how their neurons are wired together by doing things that they never thought that they could do. One way of doing this is to learn challenging things.  This strengthens the brain by rewiring it and increasing the person’s intelligence.

 

Skills needed to cultivate a growth mindset.

  • Recognise your (fixed mindset) thinking and use your inner voice to change your thinking (take ownership over your attitude)
  • Try harder and try new strategies, this will strengthen the brain.
  • Understand the magic of making mistakes
  • Learn the power of yet. Instead of saying “I can’t do this”, say, “I can’t do this YET.”
  • Set goals and take on new challenges with optimism
  • Cultivate grit (be intrinsically motivated)
  • Reward actions not traits

Sarah Mckays 8 tips for promoting a growth mindset in kids:

  1. Help children understand that the brain works like a muscle,that can only grow through hard work, determination, and lots and lots of practice.
  2. Don’t tell students they are smart, gifted, or talented,since this implies that they were born with the knowledge, and does not encourage effort and growth.
  3. Let children know when they demonstratea growth mindset.
  4. Praise the process.It’s effort, hard work, and practice that allow children to achieve their true potential.
  5. Don’t praise the results.Test scores and rigid ways of measuring learning and knowledge limit the growth that would otherwise be tapped.
  6. Embrace failures and missteps. Children sometimes learn the most when they fail. Let them know that mistakes are a big part of the learning process. There is nothing like the feeling of struggling through a very difficult problem, only to finally break through and solve it! The harder the problem, the more satisfying it is to find the solution.
  7. Encourage participation and collaborative group learning.Children learn best when they are immersed in a topic and allowed to discuss and advance with their peers.
  8. Encourage competency-based learning. Get kids excited about subject matter by explaining why it is important and how it will help them in the future. The goal should never be to get the ‘correct’ answer, but to understand the topic at a fundamental, deep level, and want to learn more.

http://yourbrainhealth.com.au/8-ways-to-encourage-a-growth-mindset-in-kids/

Sarah Mckay PhD blog post

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yl9TVbAal5s

10 Minute Animation in which Carol Dweck explains praise and Growth Mindset

 

         

We teach Mindsets under the banner of the Persistence Character Strength.

Can you think of a time when you had a growth mindset?

 

Fairness

The Character Strength “Fairness” belongs to the category of Justice. Fairness means giving everyone a fair go and treating others as you would like to be treated. As a teacher, fairness is about giving everyone the opportunity to succeed and going out of your way to ensure that this is happening. For children, fairness is about being empathetic and putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. It is also about being considerate, honest and respectful of others.

This is our house  by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Bob Graham is about a boy called George who will not let girls, small people, people with glasses etc play in his cardboard house. The tables are turned and George finds out that it’s more fun to share and include others.

        

Fairness is one of the most rewarding character strengths to teach students because it is a strength that is all around them. They see it in others and practice it themselves in the playground each day.

Tell us about any incidents of Fairness that you witnessed today. 

This website has some tips for parents:   http://www.yessafechoices.org/parents/character-education-corner/fairness

 

 

Silly Science incursion

Today was our silly science incursion. We learnt a lot of new things for our science education.

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It was sticky, it was gooey, it was slime. In our incursion we made slime, we got to take the slime home after we made it. Did you know that nonutoniaviscoelastic fluid means slime?image

POP! The rocket shot out of the beaker. We found out that if you mix bi-carb soda and vinegar together, shake it and put a small rocket on top, the rocket will shoot up.

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CLICK! The magnets clicked together. It was time to fish for magnets! We were aloud to catch five fish and then we had to move to the next rotation.

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SNAP! The magnets snapped together as we built the tunnels to pull the metal through. As we pulled the magnets through we wondered what mak s the metal attract to the magnets.

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Drip, drip, drip, how many pencils can you stick through the bag full of water with out it leaking? 1,2,3, we got a lot.

It was so much fun!!😊

By Ella and Stella

Summarising

This week the reading strategy that we have been focussing on has been summarising. We have been looking at non fiction texts and learning how to take notes to record the main ideas in texts. WE looked at topic sentences and key words and different ways of taking notes.

 

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We watched an interesting film on the Murray river and learnt about how important this river is for many different reasons.

Some of us took notes on our new whiteboard table.

Science experiment

We are learning about all things science this term and today we decided to do an experiment to see what happened when we mixed oil and water. The first experiment was a bit of a disaster because all of the food dye came out of the oil and sank down into the water. It ended black. WE did it a second time and decided not to put colour in with the oil which meant that the separation between the oil and water was more obvious.

WE wrote the experiment up in our Writer’s Notebooks. Looking forward to doing another experiment tomorrow!!

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What’s your favourite experiment so far?

Science works!!!

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On Wednesday we all went to Scienceworks because our Inquiry topic this term is how changes in temperature effect solids, liquids and gases.

We were able to look at the different exhibitions such as Sportworks and Think Ahead. We went to the Planetarium and learnt about the seasons and the night sky (identifying the stars in the Southern Hemisphere).

The highlight for me was the presentation at the Science Stage. Gordon did a few different experiments using liquid nitrogen. When he mixed water with dishwashing liquid the bubbles became frozen. He explained that liquid nitrogen is extremely cold and when it comes into contact with the dishwashing liquid most of the nitrogen disappears, it changes its state, contracts and spreads around.

He put liquid nitrogen into a bottle, then put a balloon on top. The cold air inside mixed with the warm air and caused the balloon to blow up.

When solids (such as a metal ring) were placed in liquid nitrogen it contracted slightly and could fit through the ring but once the ring went back to its normal state, it could not fit through.

A squash ball and blutac nail, placed into liquid nitrogen became so hard and brittle, that they could be smashed by a mallet!

We learnt that when gases cool down, they contract, when they warm up, they expand.

It was fascinating!!

What was your favourite part of the day?

The Little Mermaid

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We had an entertaining performance of The Little Mermaid today!

The story was one that we all knew but it was such a great experience for us all having live entertainment with real actors! The costumes were colourful, the music was loud and I really liked the way the actors asked the audience questions to keep us engaged! It was a mesmerising performance!

What did you enjoy most about the performance?