Most children wrestle with a fear of failure. Often, that fear gets especially acute during transitions into sixth, ninth and 12th grades. When struggling at these times, many decide that a specific subject — often math or science — simply isn’t for them. At After School University, we focus not just on filling gaps in foundational knowledge, but also on transforming mindset. By learning key concepts at key times, and by overcoming obstacles with love and support, your child will rethink what is possible, both in and out of school.
What researchers call a “growth mindset” — a belief that basic abilities can improve with hard work — is critical to not only learning new concepts, but also to promoting self-esteem and joy.
Can you teach such a mindset? Research says absolutely. Taking cues from that research, After School University tutors are intentional about setting high expectations; helping kids meet those expectations; and teaching them to appreciate and learn from their struggles in between. We emphasize the importance of sincere effort and resilience, and celebrate innovative approaches to problem-solving.
Though less concrete in nature, growth mindset is just as crucial as a solid foundation and an early start to finding success in school and in life.
Drawings of students by Laurie Marshall for Sparks Project by ASU