Culture - Look at cultural differences by learning about the cultures that students bring to school - their everyday experiences - and connect these experiences to what is taught.
Abilities - Recognize the abilities students have learned in their homes and communities that do not show up on standardized tests, but can contribute to academic success.
Resilience - Cultivate resilience in students to help them persevere in school, despite repeated failure or discouragement they may have experienced in their environment.
Effort - Find out how students who are difficult to motivate are motivated outside of school and bring those interests inside the schoolhouse where they can be used to direct students toward academics.
Introducing students to the GROWTH MINDSET http://www.slideshare.net/mindsetworks/mindset-student-presentation-8666017?from=ss_embed:
Believing you can accomplish something is the first step to actually doing it. The brain is a muscle.
1. Learn to hear your fixed mindset voice.
2. Recognize that you have a choice.
3. Talk back with a growth mindset voice.
4. Take the growth mindset action.