Mindset Discussions

TPSA, our parent association, has been working with teachers to develop opportunities for families to learn more about the topic of “mindsets,” the center of collaborative conversations among the faculty throughout this school year. 

TPS educators have been identifying current practices in the school that help our children cultivate growth mindsets, and they have been exploring strategies and opportunities to further these efforts.  This shared language has been helpful in articulating the aspects of teaching and learning at The Philadelphia School that are often most difficult to describe: How do our children develop resilience and a love of learning? How do they become willing to try difficult tasks? How do they learn to value mistakes and setbacks as essential to their growth and learning?

TPSA is hosting two discussion sessions this winter, each highlighting one specific area. The first session, held on Tuesday, January 13 from 8:15 to 9:15am, focused on Supporting Learning at Home. The second session, on Tuesday, March 10 from 6 to 7:30pm (Garage), will focus on Social and Emotional Growth. TPS teachers from the Primary Unit, Junior Unit, and Middle School will share examples of relevant “challenging” situations and some of the ways in which they have tried to turn these moments into opportunities for growth. Parents will have opportunities to share their own experiences at home and experiment with some of the language and strategies teachers use in the classroom to support our children in working through challenges with a growth mindset.  

Each discussion session will be designed to stand alone, so you may attend one or both events depending on your schedule and interests. Prior to attending a session, please familiarize yourself with the topic of mindsets by checking out at least two of the resources below. This will help ensure that we have some shared understanding and vocabulary for these conversations.  In addition, you may benefit from posting some of your own questions and sharing your own experiences in advance.  You can do that by going to this link: https://docs.google.com/a/tpschool.org/forms/d/1YaIccTT9kwLMS0t_DMo6Nk-2WzLVQotbFnGVzQmprYA/viewform.

Below are some resources. 


Mindset: The New Psychology of Success - How We Can Learn to Fulfill Our Potential by Carol Dweck.


NY Magazine: “How Not to Talk to Your Kids" http://nymag.com/news/features/27840/

Business Insider: “How Your Mindset Determines Your Success, Well-being, And Love Life" http://www.businessinsider.com/how-a-growth-mindset-leads-to-success-2014-8

Mindset website, including link to book:  http://mindsetonline.com

Wall Street Journal:  “The Praise a Child Should Never Hear” http://blogs.wsj.com/informedreader/2007/02/13/the-praise-a-child-should-never-hear/


A short and highly visual presentation of Dweck's research and its meaning (about 5 min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWv1VdDeoRY

TEDx presentation by Eduardo Briceno (about 10 min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN34FNbOKXc&index=4&list=PLwrHA9rJu3ybuh85eQ6CTLlC67iQpbY8_  


NPR story about growth mindset (about 5 min) http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7406521

We are excited about this opportunity and look forward to sharing in these rich conversations with you.

Kaitlin Cino, Primary Unit teacher
ichael Friedman, Middle School teacher
Gemina Gianino, TPS President, 3rd & 5th grade parent
Kirsten Hamrahi, 2nd & 7th grade parent
Noelle Kellich, Junior Unit teacher
Beth Lundy, 2nd & 8th grade parent
Anna Wulick, K & 3rd grade parent