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Dear Sandburg Families,
As I think about learning one word continues to surface to the forefront of my mind: Effort. I encourage you all to talk with your children about effective effort. Effort, as we all know, is how we work. However, effective effort is effort that produces an intended result. As you talk with your children about their successes or struggles in school, please don't base it on their ability. Getting an A or an F on an assignment is about the effort the child puts in, not about how intelligent he or she is. When you talk with your child about his/her grades, focus the conversation on the type of effort he/she put into the task. Dr. Carol Dweck, author of Mindset, argues that helping children understand that the outcome of their work is based on their effort rather then solely on their ability, encourages the child to try again. Trying again is the key to learning anything. If a child believes that they can only succeed is he/she is smart, that child will become defeated or fatalistic (“I'm not good at anything”, or “That teacher just hates me”). This type of negative mindset does not help a child (or you and me) want to try something once we have failed. When children understand how effort plays into their successes and failures, they will also understand that their goals can be reached by working on their effort.
Every six weeks, all CSMS students bring home a grade report. I encourage you to sit with your son or daughter and conference with the child about his/her grades as the grade relates to the effort they are using. As you discuss effective effort, consider the following characteristics of effective effort.
According to Jon Saphier, author of the book Skillful Teacher, Effective Effort consists of:
•Take enough time
•Too little time = bad job
•Too much time = wasted effort
•Work efficiently (don’t waste time with too much detail or on aspects that don’t matter much)
•Work without distractions (quiet, no TV, no multitasking, no cell phone)
•Know when to get help
•Know who to ask for help (or where to go to find help on your own)
•Use smart tactics
•Know what to do when a strategy isn’t working
•Keep in mind tips you have learned
Use of Feedback
•Get feedback (from friend, teacher, etc.
•Apply or use the feedback in order to improve your performance
•Don’t give up
•Find ways to get around problems
•Try your hardest
Don’t be afraid to try!