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Resiliency/Mindset

There is no magic wand or perfected approach to reach and sustain high levels of attendance for all students. Boosting attendance is a continual process. Teaching students skills to be resilient is an avenue districts may want to include as an intervention for chronic absenteeism. The ability to be resilient enables students to convert negative aspects of their lives such as peer pressure, lack of support at home, and poverty into fuel to achieve success. A Resilience Symposium will be held at the service center on June 15th. Christian Moore, the author of Resilience Breakthrough will be the keynote speaker for the event.  In addition, two-day Resilience Breakthrough training is offered in July.


Resilience Breakthrough for Youth Level 1 Training


“What is he thinking?” may be a question we ask in regards to a student with chronic absenteeism.  Another question could be, “What is his mindset?”  Some students choosing a pattern of absenteeism may have a fixed mindset.  Characteristics of a fixed mindset:


  • I’m either good at it or not
  • If I fail, I am no good
  • I give up if I find something difficult
  • My abilities determine everything

Students may be unaware of their mindset, and how it serves as the GPS for the pathway they take.  Psychologist Carol Dweck’s mindset theories call attention to when students with fixed mindsets fail at something, they tend to internalize it as they can’t or won’t be able to do it.  However, when students have a growth mindset that entails believing they can learn more or become smarter if they work hard and persevere, their GPS consistently leads them to school each morning.  As educators reflect on how to reach students who are absent too often, the question “How can growth mindset be an integral part of the school’s culture?” may be an important one to ask.


Changing the way you think to fulfill your potential


The New Psychology of Success


Model Chronic Absence Reduction Plans


Developing a Growth Mindset

Contacts


Sherri Wright, M.Ed.
(903) 988-6809

swright@esc7.net