St. James & St. Joseph Get Together
As mentioned at Curriculum Night, on Thursday October 5th, St. James and St. Joseph schools will have the opportunity to come together for the first time. Students will partake in mass together with Fr. Louis and Fr. Rajan; followed by games and a shared snack on the back playground. We look forward to many community building opportunities between our two schools this coming year. Check out our Twitter feed as we will post pictures throughout the morning!
Those who Care, Teach
The United Nations have officially declared October 5th as World Teachers Day. The Halton Catholic District School Board joins hundreds of other organizations throughout the world in recognizing the caring and generous ways in which our teachers help our children grow in faith and expand their knowledge and skills both inside and outside the classroom. We are proud of the commitment and dedication of our staff for their tireless efforts to ensure that our students are able to develop and achieve their personal best. Thank you teachers and staff of St. James
Growth Mindset in Math
In general, a growth mindset is the belief that intelligence and ‘smartness’ can also be learned and that the brain grows from experience and effort. The opposite, a fixed mindset, is the idea that you are smart, or you are not. In math, that translates into “some people are good at math, and some are not.” Did you know that praising efforts rather than intelligence or results can impact your child’s ability to persevere in challenges?! The goal is to have children thrive on challenges and see failures, not as a sign of low intelligence, but as a learning opportunity. Brain research tells us that making mistakes actually wires more connections into the brain! When a person has a growth mindset, they accept challenges, see their efforts as worthwhile, and are open to learning from mistakes. Students with a growth mindset achieve at higher levels than those with fixed mindsets. How can you help? Some simple ways:
- Adding “yet” when they claim they are “not good at this” (Respond: “You are not good at this yet.”)
- Ask questions that focus on their effort and choices and get them to reflect on satisfaction of that effort (e.g. What did you learn today? What mistake did you make that taught you something? What did you try hard at today?)
- Model this yourself as you share about your day
We want to wish all of our students and their families a fantastic Thanksgiving.