Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Inspiration and Learning

Please answer the following prompts:  Be honest and specific; fluency and convention use count.  I expect a bit of elaboration for each prompt, so show some depth of thought and some perspective.

1.  What inspires YOU?  What aspects of America inspire you?
2.  How are you staking your identity?  (Do you give thought as to how you will affect and contribute to this country/or the world on a larger scale?)
3.  What keeps you from finding that identity or being who you are (or do you even know who that is yet?) Or-What is it you are searching for?

4) Read and watch below (questions are at the bottom):

Definitions Taken From Mindsets The New Psychology Of Success By Carol Dweck

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Fixed Mindset Defined:
“The view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life.  It can determine whether you become the person you want to be and whether you accomplish the things you value.  How does this happen?  How can a simple belief have the power to transform your psychology and, as a result, your life?  Believing that your qualities are carved in stone-the fixed mindset-creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over” (Dweck 6).

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Growth Mindset Defined:
“This growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts.  Although people may differ in every which way-in their initial talents and aptitudes, interests, or temperaments-everyone can change and grow through application and experience” (Dweck 7).

“The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset.  This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives” (Dweck 7).

Questions to answer:

  • What are your thoughts regarding these definitions?  
  • Are the definitions accurate?  
  • How do they apply to your attitude and approach within the academic realm?
  • How might you try to change your approach, so you can thrive? (Do you find that you need to change your approach?)