Growth Mindset

In ELA classes this week, we have been focusing on the importance of developing a Growth Mindset.  The concept of a Growth Mindset was developed by psychologist Carol Dweck, who wrote the book: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.  Dweck explains that our Mindset is the set of fundamental beliefs we have about ourselves and our own intelligence.  Those with a “fixed mindset” believe that their intelligence and talents are basically fixed traits over which they have little control, while those with a growth mindset recognize that talents and abilities can be developed and improved through dedication and hard work.

Growth Mindset is a crucial part of successful learning at school and in life as a whole.  My hope is that as we emphasize growth mindset at home and at school, each student will come to recognize their own capacity for learning and progress.  The following video provides an introduction to Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset.  I look forward to an amazing year of learning and progress with our MS students!



Your primary homework for ELA is 20 minutes of self-selected reading per night.
Other homework may include:

*Extra practice for skills you need to improve
*Unfinished classwork/reading
*Assignments you need to make-up

Home Reading Guidelines:
*Select “Goldilocks Books”– not too easy, not too hard, but JUST RIGHT!
*Read novels of interest to you.
*Visit the Book Recommendations page for reading ideas!


Welcome to ELA

Hello!  Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!  I am so happy that you are here, and I’m excited about all that we will read, write, discuss, explore, and learn together this year.

This blog will be updated weekly with current classwork, assignments, and announcements, so please check your class page regularly.

Please contact me with any questions!

Mrs. Dukes