One of my academic goals for this class is to get an A in this class. When it comes to reading books I try to read a couple of sections everyday. I hope to getting to reading 2 books a week. I think that I should participate in class more. When I am with my table I do talk to them but, when Ms. Park asks a question I mostly don't like to participate. Some strengths that I have in this class is that I try my best effort in this class. Some weaknesses are that I need to participate in class more. As a writer I feel that I could do very well and achieve Ms. Park's goals. The most challenging thing in class is to get the introduction paragraph of "The Crucible" essay right. The easiest thing is to read. I want to work on getting an A in this class. I have a high B and hope to raise it to 90%
Mendez Goodbye Letter
F-Fact: One fact about the Crucible is that it is was based on an event that really happened. It is based on The Salem witch trials that happened in 1692
I- Internal Connection: When I was reading the Crucible I was astonished on how Abigail and her gang were able to start the trials with no real evidence. I was also surprised that the girls where so evil and seemed to have no remorse on anyone but themselves.
N- New Idea: When reading the activities for The Crucible and reading them is that I learned a lot about hysteria and scapegoat.
D- Decision: After reading about the Crucible I respected the decisions of some of the characters and why they did it.
What did you learn about while working on the growth mindset project? I learned a lot more about what growth and fixed mindset is. I also did my best to remember what I was suppose to say and I really enjoyed the project. Did you learn anything new? Yes I learned who created the idea of fixed and growth mindset and what it was. Did you learn anything about how you think? I learned that I am not fixed mindset and I learned I am more toward growth mindset. Did you learn about how you work with others? I think that it is very important that you do what you are suppose to do and if you do it you will do a great job presenting. Did you learn about critical thinking? Finding a topic was one of the hardest thing we had to do.
The icon that we are applying is multiple perspectives. Our imperative is parallels, which is related to our topics growth and fixed mindsets. There are many perspectives that contribute to growth mindset and how it is viewed. In the article, “The Effort Effect,” it shows the work that Carol Dweck found about growth mindset, she created the theory of fixed and growth mindsets. Fixed mindsets are people who tend to generally think of intelligence as something you are born with, meanwhile growth mindsets view it as a thing you can develop over time through hard work. The students in the study all had different perspectives as to what failure meant to them. Quoted in the article it states “If you’re afraid of making mistakes, you’ll never learn on the job, and your whole approach becomes defensive: I have to make sure I don’t screw this up”, Fixed mindsets are afraid of making mistakes because they believe that talent alone creates success. This contributes to parallels because when both fixed and growth mindset students are faced with similar challenges the results are not parallel. Fixed Mindsets will give up when they face challenges, because they think that if they fail it will make them look “dumb”, unlike growth mindsets which see it as a chance to learn. To conclude, this is important because we need to help prevent negative fixed mindsets and encourage growth mindsets.
Our artifact is a drawing of David and Goliath from the Bible. It shows David, a small, scrawny man who confronts and fights a big, muscular man whose name is Goliath. They are fighting because Goliath, for 40 years, has openly defied the armies of Israel, challenging them to send a man out to fight him. Goliath is the example of a fixed mindset because he was very strong and had lots of muscles. He was also very tall, so he thought he could easily kill his opponent, David, which was a small, thin man.... but things changed the moment David took action, and killed Goliath with a single shot of a stone from his sling. Fixed mindsets tend to think they are already perfect and they do not have any more skills to strengthen or improve. David is the growth mindset example, because he knew he had a lot less muscles than Goliath, but he still decided to fight for his beliefs. Growth mindsets do challenging things and take risks at appropriate times. At the very end, David sliced off Goliath’s head and won the fight. The pictures of the two are significant because it demonstrates that if you believe in yourself and keep trying, your dedication and hard work will lead you to achieve great accomplishments.