First blog post.
What to say, what to say?
While there are lots of ideas running through my head tonight -following our first open house. I'm picking the easy topic for this lazy Saturday night.
I didn't FAIL elementary school but I didn't win it either. My second grade teacher said I was smart but ... And my academics didn't improve. I B-A-R-E-L-Y passed high school, I think I had a 1.1 GPA or something like that, definitely at the bottom of list of graduating names that was posted. I was taking adult ed classes in topics that interested me like Ancient Hebrew, silkscreening, and wilderness survival but failing algebra and US history.
It took me much longer than it could have, but I needed to do a fair bit of remedial work to get into college and the like. But once I determined that schooling was what I needed to do, I did it. I graduated summa cum laude and in the top 6% and was in the top 50 students in Maine's flagship university. I got academic scholarships, pins, & dinners. Heck, at a community college in New Jersey I scored so well on my first biology exam I got a job in the department -that they made up for me.
This has given me a very different view of school success.
I very much align with the 'growth' mindset and not the 'fixed' mindset. People, any person, can grow and learn what they need to learn once they set out to do it.
Some people will take longer. And that is ok!