I believe it is essential that we teach our students to live and learn within a growth mindset. But really, it’s essential for all of us.
This year, perhaps more than any other, I have heard teachers talk about feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, and at times, defeated. For me, living with a growth mindset includes treating ourselves with gentleness and patience. We should not try something new and expect to be immediately successful. We should not expect ourselves to be experts in everything. We should not expect to have the same results this year as in other years with so many factors (beyond our control) influencing each day.
If you heard your students being hard on themselves, what would you say? Treat yourself with the same compassion.
For what it’s worth, I believe in you. You can do this… one day at a time!