In this week’s Robotics lesson, we talked about the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. A fixed mindset is where we limit our abilities to a fixed perception. If we are told we are dumb or not intelligent, then we might always think that. However, if we have a self image with limitless possibilities, we will continue to improve ourselves and possibilities not matter what others opinions are.
We learned that Amy’s focus is the imagination part of tinkering. She brought out a great point that schools should encourage play more through hard play via creativity. Hard play is inspired by curiosity; children love to see how things work. The more they learn about something that interests them, the more they have a desire to discover even more. She also incorporated Constructivism in that children learn through tinkering with hands on learning and play.
Anyone who has never made a mistake, has never tried anything new. ~ Albert Einstein
Kate talked about how making mistakes during tinkering is a way of processing information. I stated that we are so focused on them learning how to take a test the right way, we forget that making mistakes are great ways to learn and make progress. When we make mistakes, we become more determined to succeed at whatever the task is at hand, it gives us a purpose to succeed.
We read Teresa’s great point that when we enjoy something we don’t think of it as work, but as play. I think reading for my boys is a great example. They had to learn to try and try until reading became second nature. They were then able to look at the letters that became familiar words. They were quickly able to master reading easy books and then chapter books. Reading to them now is fun and not work.
Tinkering and hard play are mechanisms of a growth mindset. The tinkering inspires learning, and the learning encourages hard play. When we are engrossed in a puzzle or game, our mindset is in a hard play mode. We are focused on solving the game or killing all the zombies. The accomplishments give us pleasure. Fixed mindsets are not focused on accomplishments, they are stagnant and limited.