Two Paragraphs: Growth mindset is the belief that hard work, dedication, and effort is all you need to develop your talents and abilities. Major paradoxes in growth mindset have arosen overtime. According to an article written by Carol Dweck, it implies that when teachers say, “great effort” to their students to make them feel good, it actually isn’t helping at all. So, the very students who needed to learn about developing their abilities the most, were instead getting praise, from their teachers, for ineffective work. This is called FALSE growth mindset-when educators think and do things that they simply call growth mindset. Therefore, paradoxes of growth mindset and how they have grown overtime is important because people need to understand the difference between a legitimate growth mindset and a false growth mindset so that they are not spoiling the brains of young kids by giving them false hope. Our project is about having a growth versus a fixed mindset so we chose the infamous story about the tortoise and the hare. Our artifact is just a simple drawing of the two reaching the finish line with the crowd in the background cheering on the hare. This makes him even more cocky than he already is. As Nathalia said in the first paragraph, our gate icon is overtime and our imperative is paradox. The tortoise is so determined that he does not stop for anything and overtime he ends up being the one that wins the race, but the paradox is that because the crowd was cheering for the hare and caused him to be more arrogant, it led him to losing because he thought, “oh, I don’t even have to try. I can just take a nap and he won’t even pass me.” In reality, as the hare was peacefully sleeping the tortoise passed him and was ahead. In conclusion, our artifact shows that just because you’re the “best” at something doesn’t mean you don’t have to try and better yourself each time.
Growth Mindset Reflection I learned that even if your a professional in something, you still need to work to better yourself each time you try at it. I also learned what a fixed mindset is-I never knew what it meant. A fixed mindset is someone that believes they are born with a certain amount of talents and abilities and that’s it-they can’t change that. I believe that I have a growth mindset because I’m not one to give up right away when I get something wrong or do something wrong. I work really well with others and I’m very good at compromising.
The Crucible ~ F.I.N.D Reflection
(F)act ~ One fact about "The Crucible" is that there were many secrets all the time. For instance, when JP and Abigail were alone for the last time, he never told his wife Elizabeth.
(I)nternal Connection ~ While reading "The Crucible" I felt that for any little thing that someone did that looked even the littlest bit suspicious, they were automatically accused of being a witch, "witch" (hehe see what I did there) is really dumb in my opinion and sad.
(N)ew Idea ~ A new idea that I learned while reading "The Crucible" is that you shouldn't throw someone under the bus just to make you safe.
(D)ecision ~ A decision that I will make based on my reading and understanding of this play is basically what I put for the "New Idea" portion. Meaning
I believe that I am doing pretty good in reaching my academic goals this year although, I do need to start reading more because at the moment I haven't read that much. I also think that I need to be a little better at time management because I tend to lose track of time and then procrastinate alot. I am pretty proud of myself because I am trying to participate more in class and it has been working most of the time. To be quite honest, I think I'm actually pretty good at writing except for the fact that I repeat things a lot but when I go back and revise it, I make sure to fix it and it turns out better- which in my opinion is a very smart thing to do as a writer.
Freedom and Conflict
What does it mean to be American? What is the American Dream?
Being American doesn’t matter if you were born here, your ethnicity, the color of your skin, your dominant language. Being American means that you live here in America and you are not afraid of what other people say or think about you. People that come here for the benefit of their families are American. But, unfortunately they don’t know that their American Dream”was going to include years and years of discrimination, segregation, and stereotyping all because the color of their skin is different than everyone else’s. I can only imagine how the fantasies that these immigrants had about America and the American Dream, and how they were going to start a good new life for their families with more opportunities to fulfill their lives, was the complete opposite when they got here. They left their countries of tyranny, severe poverty, famine, plagues because they wanted more for themselves and their potential families, but when they got here, they were criticized, abused, and treated like nothing. They were bought and sold like pieces of furniture. But eventually, after a long period of brutality and slavery, immigrants began to become the building blocks of America and the American Dream.
Poem Emulation ~ "Still I Rise"
You can talk about me behind my back Spreading rumors and spreading lies You can step all over me But still, like dust, I’ll rise
Am I upsetting you with my wit? Why has bitterness struck your face? Cause I strut like I’ve got gold embedded All over the place
Just like moons and like stars With the assurance of day and night Just like blloming flowers in the spring Still I’ll rise
Does my pride provoke you? Don’t you make it hard on yourself Cause I giggle like I’ve got gems Accessorizing all of my shelves
You may throw harsh words at me You may kill me with your eyes You may drag me down with your loath But still, like air, I’ll rise
Does my beauty make you angry? Does it leave you shocked That I flaunt like I’ve got diamonds Hundreds, hidden with a lock
My ancestors whom migrated here To give my parents and I better lives I have not dissapointed them because I rise I rise I rise