7th Gr. ELA in Room 304

Mrs. Comstock

Developing a Growth Mindset

A little news from 304, September 21, 2017

This year, we'll be focusing on developing a growth mindset, which is really all about trying your best, learning from mistakes, and realizing the power of "YET." We have done a little bit of work around this idea, with the realization that most of us are a combination of a growth and a fixed mindset, depending on the situation and the timing. Every now and then, I will be asking students to reflect on their work in class. Have they exhibited a Growth Mindset in that time period or do they fall somewhere on the continuum? We will be using the attached Effective Effort Rubric to reflect on our efforts in this area. It's exciting to see students thinking about their thinking!

A Field Trip and a "Staycation" Field Trip, too!

A little news from 304

As you may know, our B Block had the opportunity to go to the Public Library today to witness 28 new American citizens take their oath of citizenship. The Library and the US Citizenship and Immigration Services were thrilled that our PMS students were there to welcome our neighbors to their new home.

Meanwhile, A Block had a "staycation" field trip where they watched a short, independent documentary, "4.1 Miles" about Syrian refugees making the treacherous trip across 4.1 miles of open water from Turkey to Greece to escape the civil war and a "60 Minutes" episode on the "Lost Boys of Sudan." Both films address the plight of the refugee. You can find the links to both these films under the ANNOUNCEMENTS page of this website.

Tomorrow, each of the students will be writing a letter to a student in the other block ELA class, sharing what they learned and noticed, as well as what they felt about the experience they had.

Meanwhile, I wanted to share some pictures and videos from the Naturalization ceremony with you. It was quite a wonderful experience!

~ Mrs. Comstock