Mindset is Everything!

We were very lucky to have See-appl-tun (Art Harry) visit our school last week.  See-appl-tun spent time with each class sharing his stories, his art and working with the students to create art based on Aboriginal animal representations.

This residency is part of an Inquiry Project that Mrs. Zuckernick is heading up – her inquiry is this:  Can we positively impact our school’s Growth Mindset through authentic Aboriginal activities?

You can see some of our students’ art work, and participate in the conversation on the bulletin board at the front of the school.

We thank Art Harry for all his time, expertise, stories and kindness during his time at our school.

Mrs. Zoo interviewed some students about the experience:

 What do you think Growth Mindset is?

“It’s about working on things you’re not so good at.” – Kai, Gr 6

I say to myself, “I can do this.” or “I can do better next time.” – Cullan, Gr 4

Tell me about when you were drawing and painting the animals.  Were there some challenges you had?

“It was hard to paint without going out of the lines, I made a couple mistakes but just kept going.” – Aidan Gr. 4

What were you telling yourself as you worked through the challenges?

“When I got frustrated when the paint went into the ear which I didn’t want. I took some deep breaths and counted to 10 twice.  Then I got a wet paper towel, wiped a bit off.   Then I tried again.  After I felt better and proud of my wolf painting!” – Victoria, Gr.1