Fixed vs Growth Mindset

There are so many factors that play a role in student learning and academic success. Carol Dweck’s research teaches us that what children believe about learning and their own intelligence is a very important factor in their success. Some children have a “fixed mindset” meaning they believe that people are born with a certain intelligence or ability level that doesn’t change. Some children have a “growth mindset” meaning they believe that intelligence and ability level can change with hard work and effort. Children with a growth mindset have more academic success.
Throughout the school year, I have modeled and promoted the growth mindset in hopes of helping the children be empowered. However, Dr. Dweck’s research also shows that directly teaching children about how the brain works and how practice and effort can “pump up” your brain, increases academic success. In fact, her research compares students who received extra math instruction vs students who received instruction on the growth mindset. The students who learned about the growth mindset did better on the mathematics assessment than those who received the extra math instruction.
In our class we have been learning about how our brains work by watching video clips about the brain. We have learned about the neurons that make up our brain as well how the neurons connect and fire. We also have discussed the growth mindset. We know if we keep trying and believe we can do it we can change our brains and learn more.

Favorite Quotes of the Week

“On my cereal it said Captain Cruncccchhhh! Just like we’ve been learning!- Jaylin on the “ch” sound

“Just because people do bad things doesn’t mean they are bad”- Joseph

“Be careful of your shoes. Don’t fall!” – Alexis warning me of the dangers of wedge heels

Our Class Herb Garden

We are growing basil and mint! Today we planted pots of herbs for our class. We are hoping to be able to taste the herbs and use them in recipes at school or send cuttings home for families to enjoy.
The children helped prepare the pots, plant the seed and water them. It was fun for the children to look at the seeds and compare them. More pictures and updates to come as our garden grows!



Upcoming Events

Here is a list of upcoming events for kindergarten students. More information will come home closer to time about each event as needed.


Mother Singers- April 17th

The Mother Singers Choir will be performing for students k-2.


Grandparent’s Day- April 25th

Grandparents are invited to visit their grandchildren’s classrooms in the afternoon and see what they are learning about.


Kindergarten Cowboy Program- May 22nd at 2:15 pm

Families Invited

Please join us in the gym to experience a cowboy themed kindergarten performance. Your kindergartener has been working hard to learn a variety of songs to share with you. Yee haw!


Tie Dye Day- May 29th

Kindergarten students will enjoy tie dying a t-shirt to make a special momento of kindergarten. We will ask families to send a white t-shirt closer to time.


Field Day- May 30th

All Russell students will enjoy a day of fun and physical fitness! Kindergarteners will need to wear comfortable tennis shoes and sunscreen that day.


Shelter Gardens Field Trip- June 5th (am only)

Families Invited

Please join us as we walk to Shelter Gardens. We have interactive activities planned for the students and will need parent help and supervision. We will also walk back to school and have a picnic on the playground. Your family is invited to pack a picnic lunch. Kindergarten students will also be able to buy a sack lunch from school. Kindergarten students will need to wear comfortable tennis shoes and sunscreen that day.






Russell Outdoor Classroom

At Russell we have an amazing resource for hands on learning, our outdoor classroom. Picture a path lined with patches of daffodils, large shade trees, and a pond. Picture raised garden beds filled with rich soil and protected by straw, just waiting to be planted.
Today we ventured out into the spring morning to fill the beds with baby plants and tiny seeds. The kids got to help prepare the beds, plant, and water. They also used straw to protect the small plants. The kids enjoyed books about gardens and nature during their down time between activities.
We will check our beds on a weekly basis and observe the growth of our plants. We will also help water our garden. Later in the spring we will hopefully have some veggies to taste.





Friday, April 4 is our class Behavin’ Raven celebration. We will have a sleep over party! Please allow your child to wear their pajamas to school. They also may bring one blanket and one stuffed animal. Please make sure that the items your child brings will fit in their backpack.