Fixed or Growth Mindset?
I wanted to shift from students and make this a professional development opportunity. Every year there are some comments in the school counseling community about not being able to change practice, having large caseloads and work being focused on non-counseling activities instead of working with students. In the same philosophy of concerns, change is difficult and trying to get out of the known practice requires a different way of thinking! Opening minds to new ways of thinking which lead to different behaviors and actions. I though I would begin by showing a visual on mindset. Think of your own school counseling practice as you watch the video.
Do you have a Fixed or Growth Mindset as a School Counselor? Dr. Carol Dweck and her book Mindset offer some interesting insights (http://news.stanford.edu/pr/2007/pr-dweck-020707.html)! From a personal perspective, most of us may initially say that we have a growth midset, but when we begin to analyze our daily routine and actions, then we come to realize that it may be fixed. Below I offer a comparison of beliefs of how minds can be fixed vs. growing based on the role of the school counselor:
How does a school counselor change into a growth mindset?
1) Create a vision, mission and set of values that will remind you why school counselors exist, what hopes the team has for the program and beliefs holding each other accountable.
2) From the values, select two or three agreed by everyone as the guiding statements for SMART goals. The goals will lead into objectives and action plans for the program.
3) Identify all of the work currently being done by the school counselor. This is the school counseling plan. From the plan pick out the lessons.
4) Map the lessons and share them with the school district. Lessons should also have assessments for measuring student understanding.
5) From all of the changes, promote the evidence to the teachers, administrators, students and the community. Answer the question: Why do school counselors exist by showing!
Change is difficult, time is of essence, so pick one item, find the time and try it out! Results of change are amazing! Take time to consider a growth mindset philosophy. Knowing you can do it as a school counselor also assists students in their growth mindset development!