Anything is Possible

What is it?

  • Aim High - dream big
  • Every experience is a learning activity
  • Nurture Long Learners / Habits of Mind
  • Students monitor and direct their own learning
  • Responsible self-directed independent learning and working
  • Students develop positive attitudes and beliefs about themselves as learners that increase their academic perseverance and prompt them to engage in productive academic behaviors
  • Agency - Students are committed to seeing work through to completion, meeting their goals and doing quality work, and thus search for solutions to overcome obstacles

What can I do to support this at home?

Ask your child "What problems did you come across today?"

When asked as a predictable question this implies that it is normal to encounter problems. Everybody does. This, in turn, makes it normal to talk about confronting and solving those problems. It also helps students identify problems and view them as places to learn, and it sets up the possibility of asking, "How did you solve that problem?" as an invitation to construct an agentive narrative. We can also expand the conversation to "Has anyone else had that problem? How did you solve it?," "How else could we solve it?," and "This is what I do when I have that problem," each of which further expands the agentive possibilities.

- Choice Words, Peter Johnston, p. 32

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