Our focus for the month of April is responsibility. We hope children will do their best to promote a good atmosphere at home through acting and speaking responsibly just as they do in their classes (with reminders, cajoling, motivational prompts, behaviour interventions, agreed routines, praise etc.). When we are in school, the teachers from Third to Sixth classes nominate children at Friday morning assembly and we hear very encouraging reports about children making good choices. We encourage children to nominate one another also, giving specific reasons e.g. “I nominate X because she/he/they cheered me up by asking if I was ok when I was upset”; “I nominate Y because he/she/they helped me with my work when I was stuck.” Perhaps, this could work as a family motivational idea?

Nessy, Mathletics and online books access

An email was sent to parents/guardians through Aladdin earlier today about an online programme called Nessy. We are taking up the Nessy offer of extending this programme (free) to all students. If you do not want your child to be signed up, opt out as explained in the email.

If you have any queries about accessing materials online, please email the office at info@dspns.ie and we will be in touch.

Growth Mindset

Many of you will have heard about the benefits of fostering a Growth Mindset. The terms ‘fixed mindset’ and ‘growth mindset’ were coined by Dr Carol Dweck to describe the underlying beliefs people have about learning and intelligence. Everyone has a mindset or a core belief about how they learn, and the type a person has, i.e. fixed or growth, impacts on the outcomes they can have in that particular area.

We are grateful to Maths Week Ireland team for some super motivational language and ideas e.g.

Words/phrases that encourage a growth mindset and should be used by teachers and parents include:

  • How did you do that? Share your method with others
  • Tell me more
  • Are you sure?
  • How do you know?
  • Wow – that’s great – well done!
  • That looks like it took a lot of effort.
  • How many ways did you try before you found the right way?
  • What do you plan to do next?
  • Would you change anything if you had to do it again? Why?
  • How could you simplify the problem? How could you make it more challenging?

Words to avoid using regularly and that will encourage a fixed mindset include:

  • Smart
  • Clever
  • Fast/quick
  • Best

For further information on Growth Mindset and practical and fun numeracy ideas, click this link: https://www.mathsweek.ie/2019/maths-at-home/

Thanks to all parents who sent emails of appreciation to us. It is lovely to share the good news stories. Remember, we are here to support every child’s learning to the best of our ability in these challenging times. Email info@dspns.ie if you have questions. We’ll do our best to respond as soon as we can.

Gentle prompt: What little act of kindness did you do for yourself today?