We’re diving into our Book of the Month for April and May: What Do You Do With a Problem? by Kobi Yamada
From the back cover:
“What are problems for? They challenge us, shape us, push us, and help us discover just how strong and brave and capable we really are. Even though we don’t always want them, problems have a way of changing us in unexpected ways.”
We’re reinforcing how a Mindset for Learning can help us grow. With this story, we’re teaching students about optimism and facing challenges. We’re discussing how optimism means feeling hopeful that risks are worth taking and that problems will work their way out. We’re practicing self-talk to help us face challenges head on:
- I’ve done this before; I can do it again!
- I can break my problem down into manageable steps. I know the steps to start; let me say them again.
- I can try; let’s see what happens!
- Any problems I face I can work them out one way or another
- Even if I fail, I can learn and grow
- What options do I have?
- What if? I wonder if I could …
- I can do this
- I’ve dealt with challenging problems like this before
With each Book of the Month, we’re building a school culture where we embrace challenges. Our children come to school with boundless curiosity and a zest for learning. As they grow, their ideas will change the world! With a mindset for learning, students see themselves as powerful, resilient thinkers who can achieve success. Go, amazing kids!
Allison Liner, Principal
Check out this video that we’re using to teach kids that “challenges grow our brains”.