"Personal growth is not a matter of learning new information but of unlearning old limits."
- Alan Cohen
Process vs. Product
by Brenna McCormick | PNA K/1st Grade Teacher
At PNA, we believe our students are capable of more than they know. We have high expectations for students, and we strive to challenge them each and every day, providing scaffolding and support as we push them beyond their comfort zones.
The products that our students create are impressive, but the process tends to be even more impressive. It is the process that stretches, helps eliminate old limits, and builds perseverance and grit, important character traits that cannot be otherwise taught. The challenges that arise throughout the process provide the fun, engaging, and meaningful bits of learning and growing, the bits that build character, community, and a desire to overcome challenges and make a difference. In other words, the challenges, and the way students learn to overcome them, set PNA students apart and provide them with the character skills that are necessary to be successful in, and enjoy, life.
Growth mindset is an especially tricky concept for kindergartners, but the ability to embrace and learn from challenges, mistakes, and &