The FUNd Stuff at PNA!
"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 "failures" is an important skill for even our youngest students to learn. Challenges and mistakes are an inevitable part of life. The way you face them makes all the difference.
By focusing on the learning process, we equip students to not only overcome challenges, but to embrace them as opportunities to grow. It is uncomfortable at times, but it becomes more and more natural over time. As students engage in facing and overcoming obstacles, they learn to take initiative and persevere. They develop determination, learn to think flexibly, and become problem solvers. In short, they develop a growth mindset, which allows them to see challenges and the mistakes that come with them as opportunities to grow instead of obstacles and failures.
Going through life without making mistakes is impossible. Embracing challenges and learning from mistakes as you try to overcome them is an invaluable skill for success in all areas of life. Developing a growth mindset helps students to embrace and overcome challenges and to enjoy the process, obstacles and all. Trying to learn involves embracing challenges, taking risks, and collaborating with others and having fun helps us remember to enjoy the process, even when it is challenging.
These photos were taken during Brown Bag, an annual event where students harness their courage and perform magic tricks, skits, songs, tell jokes, and show off their talents to fellow students, parents, and community members.
Postcards from the Classroom
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Coming Right Up
Family Outdoor Night
Friday, February 9, 2018
The Three Musketeers
3rd through 8th Grade Musical
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Monday, March 5
through Friday, March 16, 2018
ERB Testing Week
April 2 through April 6, 2018
Annual Auction Gala
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Pacific Northern Academy Campus
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Contributing articles this week from
Brenna McCormick, and PNA's student performers.
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